Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Fruit Of My Labour

I love, absolutely love, getting ripe fruit and veggies off the clearance rack (49c to 99c) at our local No Frills for next to nothing. I also love their doorcrasher sales - like a fantastic basket of peaches I picked up this week for a couple of dollars. Of course, peaches don't keep very well once they're ripe, so I had to find something to do with them. We've been eating them like crazy, and I have had a good chuckle at my husband peeling the fuzzy skin off his peaches before eating them. It reminds me of my little brother, who used to say "it gives me shiver-ies!"

Last night I saw that some of them were starting to rot, so today I set to making peach chutney. I read online that if you dip a peach in boiling water for 30 seconds, the skin slips off easily. So, I blanched, skinned, sliced and chopped peaches this morning, sprinkling them with lemon juice and salt. Then I boiled vinegar and brown sugar with finely chopped onion, cumin, coriander, and a pinch more salt. Finally I added the peaches and a generous amount of cilantro and boiled it down until it thickened into a beautiful, rich chutney. It tastes divine, and now my house is permeated with the glorious, spicy smell of peach chutney. Mmm, a taste of heaven. Now all I need are some samosas!

6 comments:

  1. Hi there Mrs Domestic: Just tried a new bread recipe I got from the TV program America's test kitchen. If you are interested let me know I will send it to you. It is super easy and uses a new method to me where you let the dough sit for 18 hours on the counter and then shape it and let stand for another 2 and then heat a cast iron dutch oven for 30 minutes at 500 degrees. You put the bread in when heated in a sling of parchment paper and bake. It turned out like bread from my favorite little bakery Pane Fresco here in Burlington, with the nice hard crust and chewy interior. Little to no work involved. I lvoe your blog, keep it up!! Judi Hope you have been getting my comments.?

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  2. Hi Judi! Ha, that's so funny - I have that recipe too. I have heard from others also that it makes great bread, but for me personally, kneading the dough is the best reason to make my own bread. It's so therapeutic. That and the fact that if I had to let it sit for 18 hours I would probably forget about it until I found a mouldy lump the following week... are reasons why I haven't tried the other recipe. ;) Thanks for your comments!

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  3. Also, I don't have a cast iron dutch oven. Or anything cast iron. Or a dutch oven. LOL

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  4. I too purchased a basket of peaches a week or so ago and noticed them going bad very fast. I went online to find a recipe so I could use them up, but nothing that I was really interested in making. I was thinking maybe a peach crumble but they got eaten after all...LOL!!

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  5. Give me a peach cooking lesson and your little brother won't complain about the fuzziness anymore ;)

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  6. Ha-ha! Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil. Immerse peaches for 30 seconds, then remove (with a ladle) into a sink of cold water until cool enough to handle. Then you can slip off the skins easily with your fingers. Enjoy, Joely! LOL

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