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Life’s peachy!

Continuing the focus on fresh fruit, after working with fabulous Ontario plums, I scored a gorgeous basked of Ontario Peaches at the St Lawrence Market last weekend.  Wanting to put them to good use, I headed to The Ontario Tender Fruit Producers website for some inspiration (I just love that they are one of my sponsors for IFBC in Seattle this August – nothing I like better than to blog about real foods!).

With company from out of town staying for the weekend, I thought we could enjoy the peaches in both a main dish and, of course, a cocktail. I am a firm believer in fruity drinks, as you can see here and here!

A peach mojito sounded pretty good for the sultry weather…

This was good but did not taste too strongly of peaches. Perhaps this was the idea. In any case, I liked this for what it was – a fruity rum drink!  If I had peaches needing to be used up, I would totally make this, however, I really think fresh peaches are too gorgeous to buy and pulverise so I would suggest using some peach pulp/ canned peaches for this one.

 

For the main course, I made a fresh peach salsa to go with an Asian-marinaded tilapia (the recipe calls for halibut but since I am still learning to like fish and blander fish go down better right now, I chose tilapia).

This was a real hit!  The marinaded fish stood up to being grilled on the barbecue and the salsa was a lovely burst of freshness, also providing some crunch with the cucumbers.  Even a picky 8 year-old declared this “yummy”! I will be making this again, for sure – it’s a great way for me to learn to love fish!

 

I am so enjoying working with fresh Ontario fruit this summer and excited to see what’s coming into season:

Eating Ontario tender fruit in season (approximate dates)

The first baskets of Ontario peaches are available from July 10 to mid-August
Freestone peaches soon follow from August 1 to September 30
Nectarines can be enjoyed July 19 to September 17
Ontario plums, depending on the variety, are available from July 5 to mid-September
Coronation table grapes from August 12 to September 24
Pears, depending on variety, from August 9 to December 31

Expect more fruity goodness on eat. live. travel. write. over the next few months!

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41 Responses to Life’s peachy!

  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake July 22, 2010 at 05:07 #

    Peach mojito sounds wonderful! I could do with one of those in my garden this afternoon.

  2. fooddreamer July 22, 2010 at 07:10 #

    Oh yummy. I will be up in Muskoka in a week and I am definitely going to eat some peaches!

  3. jillyann July 22, 2010 at 07:37 #

    I don’t know…those drinks looked pretty darn good to me. I think I’d like them with the fresh peaches because the flavor would be subtle. in any event, both dishes look fantastic.

  4. Anh July 22, 2010 at 08:05 #

    I’m very jealous of your summer produce! Peach is my fav fruits of mine!! Oh summer, come quick!

  5. penny aka jeroxie July 22, 2010 at 10:02 #

    Peach mojito sounds great! And I love using fruits with food. Very very nice.

  6. Kath July 22, 2010 at 10:30 #

    Great ideas for using peaches! The salsa is gorgeous.

  7. k a b l o o e y July 22, 2010 at 11:53 #

    I agree that both dishes look fantastic. I always make a similar salsa with mango, but peaches would be so much easier! I’m going to try this…

  8. merry jennifer July 22, 2010 at 12:46 #

    We get lots and lots of peaches since we’re so close to Georgia, and they are SO good. I think I could have them daily. I love the idea of the peach salsa – sounds like a great addition to fish and probably would make a great side dish on its own for grilled burgers or steaks. And, you KNOW I love the peach mojito idea. :)

  9. Bonita July 22, 2010 at 12:55 #

    Mmm, peach mojitos. Those look fabulous! I love making bellinis with my peaches.

  10. Suzie the Foodie July 22, 2010 at 13:32 #

    Is it peach season already?! Nicely done! A lot of people use Southern Comfort in peach drinks, maybe that would be better than rum? I’m not a big drinker so it’s just an ignorant suggestion, LOL. I love peaches but finding them ripe and ready to eat is not easy! I do bake with them all the time though, that always brings out their natural fabulous flavour.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 25, 2010 at 07:58 #

      I am not a fan of SC and I liked this, just wasn’t sure if it was supposed to taste like peaches!

  11. Patty July 22, 2010 at 14:11 #

    Freshly pulverized peaches and white rum?? That is my kind of cocktail! Perfect on a 100 degree day (like today). Delicious. Very impressive you were able to use peaches in two menu items. We are gigantic fans of tilapia, so I will most definitely try this recipe very soon. Perfect recipe for the summer.

  12. Andrea@High/Low July 22, 2010 at 15:16 #

    mmm…peach mojitos…These would be perfect for this super-hot summer weather and it sounds like you made them perfectly strong! =)

  13. The Cilantropist July 22, 2010 at 15:59 #

    That tilapia looks wonderful, and I am so jealous that you can get so much fresh produce! Lucky gal! ;)

  14. Nancy/SpicieFoodie July 22, 2010 at 20:01 #

    Wow, I want to come over to your house! What a feast.

  15. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction July 22, 2010 at 22:42 #

    I’m LOVING that peach mojito. I want one right now.

    Also, the peach salsa looks so great! I actually just made some peach salsa this weekend and canned it. I’m thinking of saving it for the winter when I need a bit of summer!

  16. shayma July 25, 2010 at 19:52 #

    love the use of peaches! and great photos. all gorgeous flavours coming together. M, if you dont like fish too much (or are learning to like it) why not start with sea bass? My mum is not a big fan of fish unless it is made the Pakistani, spicy way, so when she used to visit me in Rome, I always ordered the sea bass for her, which went down a treat with her. x shayma

  17. Gourmantic July 27, 2010 at 01:08 #

    One peach mojito please! And can I also have a good measure of warm weather with it? Thank you! :)

  18. cat July 29, 2010 at 16:13 #

    the peach salsa was delicious!! it would be good on grilled chicken too, i’m sure – i will totally make it here at home. the mojito i may try but with the addition of bottled peach juice – i think it needed a little more of peachy kick, but then i am a girl who likes a sweet, fruity drink. :)

  19. Conor @ HoldtheBeef July 30, 2010 at 08:55 #

    Ooh, you’re on a stone fruit roll. Actually, a stone fruit roll sounds pretty tasty. Like a swiss roll but with fruit. Chunks of fruit, that is.

    Adding rum to the mix can do nothing but make things better.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 30, 2010 at 12:01 #

      A stone fruit roll – yum! When I was little I used to call them “stoned fruits” – now that’s a different story indeed!!

  20. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli August 21, 2010 at 14:32 #

    Yum! Peaches are my most favorite and I love fruit salsa with fish.

  21. Brian @ A Thought For Food August 21, 2010 at 14:33 #

    These recipes look wonderful! Peaches have been so sweet and juicy right now… I am going to have to try these out.

  22. Kate @ savour fare August 21, 2010 at 18:19 #

    Ooh, now you’ve got me craving a cocktail. Looking forward to FINALLY meeting you next weekend!

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