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 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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BTW, if you click on that nifty picture right above, it will take you to the Google Docs page that will let you add that image as a smaller button on your blog (look left on my blog).


To see what everyone else in class is bringing to SHOW AND TELL, take a trip to visit the Miss Mel, Goddess of the Infertility Blogosphere.

14 Responses to SHOW AND TELL: Gustatory Delights and More
  1. loribeth
    September 30, 2009 | 9:52 pm

    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.)

  2. Parenthood For Me
    September 30, 2009 | 9:55 pm

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

  3. Kymberli
    September 30, 2009 | 10:20 pm

    And all I had for dinner tonight was pizza.


    *rofl- my word verification is “mating.”

  4. Another Dreamer
    September 30, 2009 | 10:23 pm

    Wow, that’s some serious cooking 🙂 I’ll add the link and check them out too.

  5. dreamsofquiet
    September 30, 2009 | 10:59 pm

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

  6. Lavender Luz
    September 30, 2009 | 11:32 pm

    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.


  7. karlindaadoption
    October 1, 2009 | 12:16 am

    Ooh, now that chutney sounds gooood.

  8. Sheliza
    October 1, 2009 | 6:41 am

    Oh wow what a great recipe! It’s right up my alley 🙂

  9. Wishing 4 One
    October 1, 2009 | 6:52 am

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

  10. Mrs. Gamgee
    October 1, 2009 | 10:00 am

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

  11. niobe
    October 1, 2009 | 11:29 am

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

  12. Lynn
    October 1, 2009 | 12:51 pm

    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 😀

  13. Suzy
    October 1, 2009 | 2:15 pm

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

  14. Lollipop Goldstein
    October 1, 2009 | 6:48 pm

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

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