I’m sad to say that a Google search for “peaches” comes up with a lot more hits for the outspoken Canadian singer than for the juicy fruit. But not to worry, little beauties, I am here to sing your praises. Since I can’t eat a peach without it dripping down my chin, biting into one always takes me back to hot summer days as a kid when my mom made us go outside to eat them so we wouldn’t make a mess. Sorry, Mom, but with peaches, the messier, the better.
My peach repertoire has expanded somewhat since then to include desserts, burger toppings, and blender drinks. If you are looking to expand yours too, here are a couple of ideas for fun things you can do with peaches and some recipes too!
If you’re not busy Googling “Peaches” lyrics and gossip, try searching for a recipe for peaches in salad. There are plenty of fun combinations to try! You can also grill ‘em and eat them as a topping on burgers… or ice cream. If you’re feeling a bit fancier, try chopping up some peaches and baking them on top of pork chops or chicken. Or, why not make an event of it and host a preserving party? It’s not only a good excuse to get your friends together and gab in the kitchen, but the canned peaches or jam you make will be a sweet reminder of the summer that you can enjoy all winter long.
Freestone Peach Salsa
4 ripe Freestone peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 small handful freshly chopped cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Toss the peaches together with all the chopped vegetables and herbs and squeeze in lime juice.
Niagara Peach Bellini
(You can also try a non-alcoholic version of this and have a smoothie)
1 bottle Ontario sparkling wine, chilled
3 medium Niagara peaches, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
Splash of water
½ pint raspberries
1. Blend peaches, lemon juice, sugar and water till smooth. For an extra smooth consistency you can strain the puree. Spoon a tablespoon or so into each glass.
2. Blend raspberries (fresh or frozen), reserving a few for garnish.
3. Spoon ½tsp - 1 tsp of raspberry puree into each glass.
4. Add sparkling wine, garnish with a frozen raspberry and enjoy!