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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SHOW AND TELL: Gustatory Delights and More

This weekend, I decided I was tired of cooking the same stuff all the time. I decided it was time to expand our palates. I've always wanted to try making a chutney, specifically a mango chutney. Of course, I didn't have mangoes but I did have canned papaya and guava (2 cans of each) so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Once I chopped up the papaya and guava into small slivers, I decided I didn't have quite enough fruit and I threw in a pan of peaches, sliced even smaller. I combined two mango chutney recipes from Cooks.com and this is the recipe I came up with...

Papaya/Guava/Peach Chutney

2 cans papaya (sliced small)
2 cans guava (sliced small)
1 can peaches (sliced small)
1 cup cider vinegar
2 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp minced garlic
3 tbsp ground ginger
2 tbsp salt
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tbsp crushed red peppers

Bring all ingredients to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low
and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent
sticking. Remove from heat and cool completely before serving.

I served this with beef tips that had been marinading in a citrus marinade for 24 hours. I mixed them together and served it over rice. It turned out to be a wonderful combination of spicy and sweet. The chutney had a spicy bite but it never got your mouth too hot. The kids have requested that it be added to our regular menu.


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loribeth said...

I should send this recipe to my girlfriend -- she is from New Zealand and LOVES both papayas & guavas! (Claims it is very rare to find a good guava fruit in Canada.)

Parenthood For Me said...

That looks really delicious. I am not a chef though. That's DH's job

Kymberli said...

And all I had for dinner tonight was pizza.


*rofl- my word verification is "mating."

Another Dreamer said...

Wow, that's some serious cooking :) I'll add the link and check them out too.

Anonymous said...

You know, you make me feel like a serious underachiever...about as creative as I get in the kitchen is tofu with soy sauce.

Lavender Luz said...

Yumminy yum yum yum.

I love how loyal you are to the people and causes you support. I bet your color is true blue. We are so lucky to have you in our blogosphere.


Anonymous said...

Ooh, now that chutney sounds gooood.

Sheliza said...

Oh wow what a great recipe! It's right up my alley :-)

Wishing 4 One said...

I love how you improvised with the fruits, looks yummy. I never made a chutney, but something I may try.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I'm not a fan of fruit and meat together, but that looks so good, I might just have to try it!

niobe said...

Mmmm...that sounds really good. Maybe I could try a veggie version...

Lynn said...

Mmmm! That sounds (and looks!) delicious! A friend of mine posted a recipe for an apple chutney just a couple of days ago, so I will defnitely have to give both of these a try :D

Suzy said...

I'm headed over to preemie presents now to check it out!

Lollipop Goldstein said...

I'm impressed with how much you played with the recipe on the first try--good for you.