Sunday, 31 January 2010

WHB: Tomato and Peach Relish

Summer is the glorious season of stone fruit. Last summer I discovered the joy of preserving stone fruit in chutneys with my apricot chutney and plum chutney. This year I have been meaning to repeat the success but haven’t managed it. However I have continued to find other ways of preserving such luscious fruit thanks to the blogosphere.

When Tahn posted about a wonderful tomato and peach relish. When I commented that I wanted to make the recipe, she kindly posted it. As always I wanted to make it straight away and even made sure I had the tomatoes and peaches. But I got busy. Then I decided to serve the mushy pea pastitsi that my sister’s partner’s mother made. (Thanks Fran and John). They are sort of like Maltese pasties. They needed chutney.

Although it was a relish, which I think means it is less cooked, I let mine get mushier than the recipe suggested, and I have no regrets. So it reminded me of a chutney. I just kept it in a tub the fridge for about a week, as the recipe suggested, but I think I could have bottled this and kept it longer. When we finished it tonight with nut roast I wished that I had made twice as much.

We had the pastitsi with a salad of grated carrot, walnuts, spring onion, fresh pineapple, spinach and soy mayonnaise, and a cucumber salad, which was too garlicky – possibly because the garlic we have had lately seemed intense when raw.

I made a few changes to the relish. I didn’t have sultanas. I thought I had cranberries but even that stash was low so I added a few dried apricots and goji berries. I keep my ginger in a jar of vinegar in the fridge and every now and again have some ginger infused vinegar to use. This relish seemed a good use for it even though there wasn’t any vinegar in the original recipe. And it was mushy.

It was one of the most delicious relishes or chutneys I have had for some time. Possibly the best since last summer because I always love any chutneys with stone fruit. But it was also quick and easy. And did I mention it was delicious. Sylvia even ate a little rice with this chutney mixed through it. I t was so good I could have eaten it by the spoonful. Yet another recipe I want to return to every summer if not more often.

I am sending this Tomato and Peach Relish to Rachel of The Crispy Cook for this week's Weekend Herb Blogging (#218) which is hosted by Haalo of Cook Almost Anything and was founded by Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen. This relish is a wonderful way to enjoy tomatoes and peaches when they are in season.

Tomato and Peach Relish
adapted from 1000 Vegan Recipes via Seitahn

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
500g ripe tomatoes, diced (I used about 4 or 5)
3 peaches, pitted and diced
¼ cup ginger infused vinegar
1 tbsp dried cranberries
1 tbsp dried chopped apricots
1 tbsp dried goji berries
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat and add onion and cook for about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The recipe said the tomatoes and peaches should be tender, not mushy, but I let my tomatoes collapse, possibly because my peaches were not as ripe as they should have been.

Taste, adjusting the seasonings if necessary, then simmer, uncovered, over very low heat for another 5 minutes. Cool in a bowl and serve at room temperature. Mine kept in the fridge for a week.

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13 comments:

  1. It looks lovely! I am just imagining how good it must taste. I like the vinegar tip too :)

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  2. Thanks Jacqueline - I need to remember to use up this vinegar more often - it is a good way to keep ginger when I am not using it quickly enough

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  3. Oh,how I miss the summer fruits.Love all the fresh flavors in the peachy chutney :D

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  4. Ahh great way to preserve the last of the delicious Summer stone fruit! I think you made a good choice keeping it going as it looks luscious! :)

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  5. This does sound like it would be lovely. What a wonderful way to preserve the summer fruits.

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  6. This sounds like a glorious summer feast. Thanks for joining in Weekend Herb Blogging this week.

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  7. I never tried peach and tomato in one! This is something new! Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. Waw,...this dinner looks so good & inviting too!

    Another must try,...thanks!!!

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  9. Thanks everyone - glad you enjoyed sharing in preserving the fruits of summer

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  10. Love that big pot of relish - it does look like you could eat it by the spoonful.

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  11. I'm glad you got to try it and loved it! Your changes sound delicious, too!

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  12. I am not a huge fan of chutneys or relish, but my honey is, and I bet he'd love this one. Goji berries sound like an intriguing addition!

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  13. Thanks Cakelaw - it was just my sort of jam :-)

    Thanks Seitahn - so glad you passed it on

    Thanks Ricki - I am still undecided about goji berries but I do love cranberries in chutney

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