Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One Year Blogoversary!


One year ago today
Mangiabella was born
into the ever expanding blogosphere.

Who knew what a great adventure this would be,
how many amazing friendships would emerge?!

I am truly grateful.

So in the spirit of celebration,
I wanted to repost one of my favorite recipes
from one of my earliest posts
that just screams jubilee.

Sweet Bellas,
It's not that life is so short, it's that we wait so long to begin LIVING...
So come a little...
take a break,
and dream a little fruiti-licious dream with me
Drunken Fruit Wedges w/Kiwi Cream

2 - 10" Flour Tortillas
1 Cup Strawberries, diced
1 Cup Mangos, diced
2 Tbsp of Grand Marnier*
*(or for those feeling a little less adventurous, you may substitute
Balsamic Vinegar for the Grand Marnier, it tastes fabulous)
4 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
kiwi cream *see below for recipe*
handful of fresh mint leaves
Oil for Frying

1) Cut tortillas pizza style into 12 triangles
2) toss strawberries and mangos with Grand Marnier and place in refrigerator at least 15 minutes,
the longer they marinate, the juicier they will be :)
3) In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar, then pour mixture onto a plate
4) Heat Oil in a frying pan until hot, appx. 350 degrees
5) drop chips in oil and fry in batches - fry flour chips appx. 1 minute
until just very lightly golden brown, and then flip -
you want them to be a little soft 'n' chewy but somewhat firm
6) lightly drain on a paper towel
7) toss chips in cinnamon sugar mix & plate
8) spoon marinated fruit on top of chips
9) top fruit with fresh kiwi cream *see below* and mint leaves

Kiwi Cream
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 kiwis, pureed

In a small mixing bowl, beat whipping cream and slowly add powdered sugar. Continue to beat until stiff peaks appear.
Gently fold in kiwi puree, mangia!


  1. OH, I'm dreaming with you sis! Dreaming also of having a piece of that "fruiti-licious" treat!!!
    This recipe looks and sounds heavenly!

    Happy blogiversary to you!

    What a wonderful year it a has been and I'm so excited to see just what doors swing wide open as we step forward on the journey.

    I can't even find the words to express how grateful I am that God gifted my life with you, my precious friend!

    xoxo :) xoxo

  2. Wow!...and Wow, again sweet Bella!
    First, to congratulate you on your 1st blog anniversary...and second, that is one incredible fruit salad with the delicious crunchy tortilla chips so comforting with the cinnamon and sugar...and last but not least oh my, marinating the fruit in the Grand Marnier.

    I almost forgot the kiwi whipped cream. I'm drooling just as I'm naming all these amazing list of ingredients used in the colorful and summery fruits:DDD
    I hope your pregnancy is going well into the summer season.

    Sending loving thoughts your way, Bella!

  3. Happy blogiversary Jamie!! I am so glad you started blogging so we could meet! I am blessed to have you in my life!
    Thanks for sharing those delightful fruit wedges!

    have a wonderful day my friend!

  4. Oh, this looks wonderful! I'm so glad you started blogging. You are such an encouragement to me! Blessings on you today! :)

  5. Happy blog anniversary! I should just say ditto to what Lorraine, Elisabeth and Chef said. I AM so very happy that I was able to "meet" you through this medium and to be touched by your grace, kindness and beauty. I look forward to sharing the next year's adventures with you (including the birth of your little one).

    Thank you for posting this gorgeous, delicious salad again. I especially love the idea of the kiwi cream on it. I might be dumping more cream than the salad can handle, it sounds so good. :)

  6. Happy anniversary, Mangia Bella! Your blog is certainly a sweet addition to my reader. Thanks for sharing your heart :)

  7. Happy 1st Blog Anniversary, Mangiabella! Thank you for sharing all your lovely thoughts with us! The fruiti-licious looks delicious, alright! Wishing you a great weekend!

  8. Happy 1 year anniversary! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
    The fruit salad looks fab! I hope you're having a great weekend.

  9. Your blog has brought so many people such joy and encouragement. This is a lovely way to celebrate. I'm so glad that I know you. You have touched my heart, again and again. Many blessings, my sweet friend!

  10. Mmm! What a delish fruity treat! Perfect for a light dessert or party tidbit!

    A whole year gone by so fast??? It seems I just discovered your beautiful space! Congrats ... keep cooking and sharing your joyful take on life!

  11. THis looks fantastic! Congrats on one year of posting...I'm so glad I've gotten to know you :)

  12. Oops! Just wanted to say, it's great to find your blog. Your pictures are so crisp, they look almost as good to eat!

  13. Happy Anniversary! The kiwi cream sounds awesome!

  14. Happy 1st Blogiversary! Here's to many, many more! I'm so happy that you decided to embark on this adventure and so happy that I ran into you out here in the blogosphere. You bless my heart! Thank you for reposting this recipe. It looks amazing! Blessings, Candace

  15. Happy Anniversary! What a great pic! It's got me drooling. This is a great recipe my dear. So happy you are hangin' in there. Remember, grace grows as the baby in your belly. Bless you, babe.

  16. Happy Blogversary, Sweet Bella!

    For a year now, you've fed with your great recipes and your beautiful spirit! Thank you for your time, investment and kindness.

    We love u!


  17. Congratulations on blogging for one year! It takes persistence and motivation, but it sure is fun, isn't it? This looks simply awesome!

  18. this looks wonderful and congrats on one year of blogging heres to many more it flys by

  19. Smile. You and your blog has brought me so much joy. I wish I could have made you a cake to celebrate! This looks like a wonderful way to celebrate. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring recipe. I want to get into my kitchen now. I hope you are having a beautiful and bountiful Monday!

  20. YUMMM. I'll have to give this a try. Happy blogiversary!

  21. Buon blog compleanno carissima. Conoscerti e seguirti è stato un vero piacere, continua cosi'.
    Un abbraccio Daniela.

  22. Hi bella Jamie-Hope you're feeling good, and are not suffering the summer heat in your condition.
    Your refreshing fruit salad would be a perfect addition to a light summer meal.
    I wanted to let you know that I have an award waiting for your to claim on my blog.Stop by to pick it up, and pay it forward or keep it for yourself.
    I hope you had a wonderful celebration for Father's day, today:DDD
    Take good care of yourself, and stay healthy!

  23. Happy Belated Anniversary...and a drunken fruit salad is just what I need :)



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