Chutney, Spinach and Rice & PBE Judge

by zesty on February 25, 2009 · 17 comments

Happy Wednesday!  No new design yet… what a story that is.  We have run into some trouble moving the plug-ins over to the new theme so it looks like we have to wait a couple of more days until we figure out what is going on.  I am sorry for all the hype and no delivery but it is out of my control.

As for some good news…. yesterday was pretty exciting.  I was contacted by the folks at They have been working really hard on an online cooking school  and they are looking to add more value to the customers who join.  With that said, they asked me to do an on air interview and chat a bit on how I got started cooking, some of the challenges I faced, and some tips that helped me realize my recipe independence.  I was very willing to help as I love cooking and love helping other people do the same.  I will be sure to let you know when the interview gets published as well.

On to the food!  I had a lot of people asking about the apple bacon chutney recipe and ” What they would eat with it”.  So last night I put together what I call a “HELLABALOO“.  It is a total mish-mash of ingredients in the fridge such as left over rice, left over apple bacon chutney and some spinach that was close to expiry.  The flavors blended flawlessly and everything turned out great!


Here is a quick snapshot of what I did …


  • 1 Cup Apple Bacon Chutney
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 2 Cups cooked Jasmine Rice
  • Splash of Lemon Juice
  • Parmesan Cheese Shavings


  1. Preheat pan to medium high heat.
  2. Add Chutney and warm through.
  3. Add spinach and lemon juice stirring until spinach begins to wilt.
  4. Add rice, stir together until hot.
  5. Plate and top with fresh Parmesan cheese
  6. ENJOY!

On to some exciting news…. I was asked to be a judge at the Latest Peanut Butter Exhibition.  Here is the low-down on the contest.  It can also be found at


Congratulations! You are cordially invited to participate in the next Great Peanut Butter Exhibition! In conjunction with Peanut Butter Boy, Fake Food Free, For The Love of Peanut Butter we are proud to bring this roundup/competition right to your doorstep. This time the theme is “Sandwich”, chosen because of my surprise at not receiving one sandwich recipe for the previous “no-bake” peanut butter exhibition. The real prizes here are the wonderful recipes we gather but we also have a prize for the winner!


What classifies a peanut butter sandwich? Traditionally it’s a slab of peanut butter between two slices of bread, but let’s see some creativity here. How about some peanut butter lettuce wraps or Peanut Butter Sushi? Any method of eating peanut butter that is all-inclusive and portable as to make for a nutritious lunch should do. To enter, submit your best peanut butter sandwich recipe below, following the guidelines. The deadline is March 15th @ Noon (PST) which gives you a full 3 weeks to brainstorm, develop and create the ultimate peanut butter sandwich! Stock up on peanut butter and get ready, read on for details.

Judging Criteria:

Peanut Butter Weight, Creativity, Portability and Preparation Time.


One entry per person so choose wisely! Pictures are highly recommended but not required. Due to peanut allergies, you may use any nut butter in your recipe since nut butters are easily interchangeable. Also, please link back to this page to indicate that you are entering the recipe into this contest and to spread the word. Feel free to use any of the logos, including the following, to do so:

Blogless? Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog, you can still submit your winning recipe. Fill out the same form but provide the “Recipe” instead of a “Recipe Permalink” and feel free to email a picture to “” to go along with the recipe!

Click hereto submit your recipe online. Alternatively, email “” with “PBE #5? as the subject and the following information:

Recipe Title
Recipe or Recipe Permalink

All recipes will be listed but the judges will vote for the Top 3. All 3 winners will receive a winning badge to place on their site but the first place winner will receive the Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook. Good luck to all!

Wow that was a super long post… sorry to make you read so much.  But if you made it all the way down here, I would like to thank you and also look forward to hearing your comments about just one way to use up that chutney. Have a great Wednesday.

Take care


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

Ah, that answers my question!
Looks great!


2 Meg

So much fun in one post! Definitely let us know when we can see your interview. That is so exciting!


3 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

OH! And I’m having a chocolate contest on my blog! You should enter :)


4 Olga


I love mixing random things together too :)


5 Nick

Congrats on the interview and can’t wait to see the new design. Btw, the link is missing (if you want to include it) to the online submission form where it says “Click here to submit your recipe online”. The form is at


6 ZestyCook

@ Nick – thanks for picking that up… I updated the post.


7 Nick

Damn that was fast. Have a good one Cory =)


8 VeggieGirl



9 Pearl

that spinach dish looks so mmm! and congrats on participating in the PBE!


10 Krista

Love your “hellabaloo”!!!!

Check out my blog…I gave you a much deserved award!! Enjoy! :)


11 Megan

I love that apple chutney! And the PBE is going to be so much fun! I can’t wait to see the recipes!!!
Have a great day!


12 The Running Yogini

Congrats!!! How exciting :) I love “kitchen sink” meals! I usually call it “Mish Mash”.


13 Joie de vivre

This looks fabulous! Congratulations on your interview!


14 Lynda

Congrats on your interview!Cleaning out the fridge can yield some yummy dishes!


15 Nila Rosa

I love cleaning out the fridge or doing pantry raids. Congrats on the interview. :)


16 Meeta

congrats on the interview! this looks so good!love the dishes that are produced from cleaning out pantries and fridges!


17 Rajee

wow, what a wonderful picture with just one click! I’ll be glad if u wish my blog.


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