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Funky Bejeweled Kiwi, Mango & Kumquat Salsa

Pomegranate, Kiwi, Kumquat, & Mango Salsa

I love salsa. The heat of it. The variety. The fun ways you can use it. You can put so many things in a salsa.  I had some tomatoes that were begging me to make them into salsa, but I wanted to do something a little different this time …

I’ve heard of mango salsa, but I’ve never seen or tried kiwi in a salsa. Or pomegranate seeds. I threw those in just for fun … I don’t know that the pomegranate seeds added a lot to the flavor or even the look because the background of the salsa is already red … but they are so pretty. Like little jewels. Why not have jewels in your salsa?

So I put the kiwis and the pomegranate in and still it needed something. There were three mangoes sitting there in my fruit bowl, so I decided to toss one of them in the salsa too. And then I thought: this needs something … so I added some of the flavors of a jerk seasoning. There! That is it. That is exactly what my funky fruity salsa needed. Honestly I think I might add some more jalapeno now because I am craving something so hot it almost hurts but really, this version is quite awesome just like it is. Add more jalapeno if you want it to hurt. Use less if you like a milder salsa.

Kiwi, Kumquat, Mango, and Pomegranate Salsa ... Caribbean style

Funky Bejeweled Kiwi, Mango, and Kumquat Salsa

  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes (or 1 15-oz. can)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno (adjust this amount to more or less, depending on how hot you like your salsa)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • about 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 kumquats (my kumquats were about 2 inches long, but I have seen some that are MUCH smaller … if you have smaller kumquats, use more!) … one goes into the blender, chop the other one into little chunks.
  • 2 kiwis, peeled & chopped into small pieces
  • 1 mango, peeled & chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, 1 of the kumquats and the salt and other spices.
  2. You can pour the salsa into a bowl or just stir in the rest of the ingredients right in the blender. Don’t blend it up, though, because it will ruin those beautiful hunks of fruit!

I tried the salsa with baked vegie and corn tortilla chips, but it would also be lovely with nachos, burritos, or over fish or chicken or pork or … well, salsa is just such a fun thing to have around. Especially a funky salsa like this.

Kiwi, Kumquat, Mango, and Pomegranate Salsa ... Caribbean style

This recipe was shared at Totally Tasty TuesdaysTasty Tuesdays,  Talent Show TuesdaysCast Party Wednesdays, Newlyweds Recipe LinkyTastetastic Thursday, Katherine Martinelli’s Mango Bloghop and Full Plate Thursday.


Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Bread

an almost wordless Wednesday post …

Pumpkin Pie Chai QuickBread

Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Bread

I named this bread pumpkin pie chai tea bread because it has a very moist, dense texture almost like pumpkin pie, with the spices of chai tea and a hint of orange. A cup of Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte would be just perfect with this tasty bread.

Adapted from Health Magazine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup 1% reduced fat milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
For the top:
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cinnamon roasted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon raw (turbinado) sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (through allspice) in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk eggs, egg white, milk, juice, oil, and pumpkin in a medium bowl until thoroughly blended.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just blended. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle almonds and raw sugar on top.
  5. Bake the bread until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (60 to 65 minutes). Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before cutting, then take out of the pan and allow to cool further on a baking rack.
Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Bread

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

(an almost wordless Wednesday post)

Today I am grateful for mornings. No matter how bad yesterday was, today is a new day and I get a fresh chance to start again.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Recipe and photography inspiration from Not Rachael Ray

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Mix spices together in a bowl. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix


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