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Sep052009

Mojito Peach Salsa

Mojito Peach Salsa

I'm in bed with my laptop.  The kids are watching Bob the Builder (much to Wyatt's chagrin--he's SO Discovery Channel now), and I hear rain on our new roof.  Fall is definitely on its way, but I'm sneaking in some peach-talk.  My blogging friend Dana talked about summer fruit guilt recently, which I thought was true and funny.  Quick!  Eat all those peaches and really enjoy them!  In addition, you must indulge in fabulous and creative fruit creations which you post about on facebook.  If you're a blogger, for heaven's sake--where's your beautiful rustic fruit dessert?

I've made (and written about) lots of salsas.  I think it's because I'm always looking do something with a couple pieces of fruit, one lone cucumber or tomato.  Many recipes assume you'll be making a big bowl of something for a party.  That would mean you'd have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff.  But if you're cooking for yourself or your family, you really only need a bit to transform your lonely produce into some tangy deliciousness.

Coming home from Sun Lakes, we stopped at a produce stand.  I got peaches, chiles, corn, Roma tomatoes.  Just a bit of each. And when we stopped Safeway for some ice, I grabbed some avocados.  Like I always say, I am incapable of resisting avocados on sale.  When we got home, we had Vacation Fridge (meaning nothing), but I found some corn tortillas. Guacamole, peach salsa, tortillas.  I had the rare occasion of being cilantro-less (what?!), so picked a bit of mint, and it was just the thing. Seems like you can call anything "mojito" these days, so I'm shamelessly jumping on that bandwagon.  Maybe I could moonlight as a recipe-namer somewhere and get paid a lot of money for it.

Lots of thinking as we were driving past the alfalfa fields and truck farms of Central Washington.  Namely, that farming is hard work. Can't take vacation, can't leave things to chance, have to buy that expensive equipment, really have to care about the weather forecast.  And the immigration debate must be so much more than that if you're a farmer trying to keep your costs low.  Complicated.  Without understanding all of it, I just felt thankful that there were still farmers and families committed to growing food that ends up on my table.  I don't know who picked these peaches, but someone did.  And they took care not to bruise them--picked them gently from the tree, placed them in a crate, put the crate in a truck, unloaded the truck at the produce stand, arranged them on a table, scribbled "Local!  $1.29/lb" on a 3 x 5 card, and put them gently in a bag with my tomatoes and corn.  Gift after gift.  So much wonderment and hard work in every plain old day.

Mojito Peach Salsa
I made another peach salsa at Sun Lakes that had corn and cilantro in it.  That was delicious, too.  You can leave the tomatoes out of this, add finely diced cucumber, and leave the chiles out if you don't like heat. This makes a small bowl--double it if you've got the stuff around.

2 large peaches
handful cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 small red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, serrano, or other hot chile, seeded and finely diced
handful fresh mint, roughy chopped
1 Tb. sugar
juice of one lime
lots of kosher salt

Combine all ingredients gently.  Put more of anything to taste.

Reader Comments (12)

I can relate to the "Quick, eat all the peaches and enjoy them!" Our local QFC had ORGANIC peaches on sale for $0.99/lb. I think I walked back to the store 4 times just to take advantage of the terrific price and stuffed myself as well! Darn, I wish I had this recipe last week. Love the simpliciy of it and am already convinced that this recipe is delicious! And yes indeed, grateful for those farmers and families!

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMidori

I have to admit that my version and your version of "nothing in the fridge" are quite different. But thanks to The Leftoverist, I've been keeping a more well-stocked pantry. It's a lot easier to replace things than to build it up, but I've done it very slowly. I haven't been to MacPhersons since the move, but that's the last stop. Today was replenishing the cheese supply. You'd have thought that we'd have died of hunger.

Not to worry, we had bacon to save us.

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpds

I have been eating tomatoes from the garden and cheap nectarines from the store with wild abandon.

I have a very high tolerance for fruit in season, and it requires no recipes at all -- just my bare hands to hold the fruit as I eat it! My digestive system would like to lodge a complaint.

I started to hit the wall just earlier today... wanted to eat the 2/3 of a nectarine that Bear left behind and couldn't finish it. (Love seeing my food-avoidant Bear thrill for a seasonal nectarine... at first he called them "those other apples.")

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Momosis

This looks and sounds wonderful. I have a friend with a peach tree and have already recieved 3 bags of peaches this summer from them. Now, I have a reason to go help them harvest some more off their tree.
I love how you broke down the process of what it takes for a piece of yummy fruit to end up in our hands. Thank God for all farmers everywhere, it is a very thankless job I am sure!!

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNoel

Summer fruit guilt, yes! I'm already nostalgic for the fruit sitting right in front of me, thinking I really should can some, freeze some, do SOMETHING to capture it so I don't have to wait 12 long cold months before having those precious morsels again - then again, the seasonality is what makes it so precious. No one ever savors a banana.

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth R&V

This looks beautiful! I bet it would be delicious on a slab of maple-glazed salmon.

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheKitchenWitch

I honestly feel as if I can taste the bursting flavours in my mouth, just from the photo and recipe!

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

Hey, thanks for the shout out! I made a salsa last night with mango, nectarine, shallot, and avocado with lime juice. Looks like we are on a similar wavelength. :)

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDana

The Sun Lakes version was SO bursting with fresh flavors, I'm going to make this today. Love you

September 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphyllis

Love this posting and your shared meditating about the farmers and what it takes to get the peaches and other goodness from the earth to our tables. I've been feeling so rich lately when I come home from the farmer's market. Beyond wealthy with all that abundance in my refrigerator door and the invitation to do something with all that goodness and share it at the table. Julia and I split a $5 bouquet of flowers yesterday and I still came home with so many that 1/2 a bouquet means a glorious vase on my table, a little one on my desk, a nice size one in my bathroom, and another one in a little suction vase on my window under the prayer flags. And for two single neighbors it feels awesome to come home and split the bounty (blueberries, carrots, basil!, arugula, spinach, etc.). If you're doing the solo living thing I highly recommend going with a friend. More variety comes home that way and a cut in the quantity dept means fewer items in the guilt ridden compost bucket at the end of the week.

Even if you weren't my friend that gifts me letterpress samples (I've used 2 already) and the mother of those awesome kids that I love I would read and love and promote your blog. Sent out another card today. And gave one to the ladies at the Willie Green's stand yesterday after I told her what I did with the edamame I bought last week. "You sound like you know what you're doing." "No, I just have a friend who knows what she's doing and I follow her lead. Here's her card." :)

http://www.williegreens.org/

Mmm peaches. It's been a yogurt, granola, peach happy month so far. Thank you, farmers and folks manning the booths.

September 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

I thought of you today while making plum salsa. I went to the store to purchase lime, jalapeno peppers and cilantro. Surprised you haven't taken me up on FREE plums! This week I have made 3 plum crisps, 1 plum clafouti, plum salsa, plum marinade and tonight, plum sorbet. I even froze a gallon bag of plums (that is all I can fit in my teeny freezer), taken them to my son's preschool...where are you? If any of you are in the Seattle area, please stop by and harvest all you want...

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMidori

I'm here, Midori! Been busy with the beginning of school and we'll be out of town again this weekend! I wish I could have shared in your bounty earlier. I might try to come by next week. It sounds like your kitchen has been really hard at work!

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahmk

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