Part of me can’t bear to do anything other than shove my face with fresh, raw fruit now that everything is in the markets. I love berries a lot but if you made me choose, I think stone fruit would be my favorite. Especially peaches and nectarines. There is probably nothing better than a juicy, sun-warmed peach that pulls perfectly away from the pit. I am so grateful they are back. However, I couldn’t get the idea of poaching peaches in their own juice out of my head. I was watching Masterchef Australia (hooray! I still can’t get enough of that show…) the other day and one of the contestants cooked carrots in their own juice. I thought this was a pretty brilliant idea but because I am not such a fan of cooked carrots (although I am tempted to try them like this! I will report back) I decided that peaches would be a great way to try this intriguing technique. And so, I decided that poached peaches and cream was a very acceptable way to use my beautiful raw peaches.
One of the best parts of selling at the farmer’s market is trading my bagels for some of the other produce and products that are being sold there. A couple of weeks ago, there was a vendor I hadn’t seen before and he offered to trade some of his salsa for a pack of my bagels. I ended up with the tomato salsa but I couldn’t get his mango salsa out of my head. When I was cutting up my mangoes this morning (I always cut them up and keep them in the bowl in my fridge so they are easy to snack on) I decided I would make some fresh mango salsa instead of leaving them as a plain snack.
As I mentioned in my last post, we just came back from Hawaii. One of the things I definitely wanted to try while we were there was an acai bowl. On the last day, we went out of our way to go to a place that sold them and we both got a heaping bowl filled with a delicious base of acai and banana, topped with fresh fruit, granola and coconut. It was just what I wanted. My boyfriend hadn’t really known what it was and was totally won over by it. He even said he wanted to start eating it for breakfast, which was a big statement from someone who religiously eats cereal every single day. It felt wholesome, was filling and was full of different textures. I guess that’s enough to win anyone over.
A few weeks ago at the farmer’s market, I had a bunch of bagels leftover. The lady next to me was selling cucumbers and we bartered our wares. I ended up with a lot of cucumbers. Four huge english cucumbers to be exact. On top of that, my boyfriend was out of town for a few days, so I was left to consume them on my own. While I could have easily juiced them, I got hooked on making cucumber salad. I would make a big bowl of salad, thinking that I would have leftovers hanging out in the fridge (it is definitely the type of salad that improves as it sits). But, instead, I would end up eating a whole english cucumber in one sitting. I couldn’t stop. It was delicious.