The Mission Possible:Last Tuesday Challenge for July was Crazy for Color. I am too late to make it for Tuesday, but the color that has surrounded me this week is peach. I planned to have my color experience with paint, but the garden had other plans.
The first peaches have started ripening. One of the things I have come to appreciate in growing fruit and vegetables is how they force you to stay in the moment. When it is harvest time you can’t be worrying about what is coming later in life and you don’t have time to dwell on things that once were. There is a job that needs your attention in the here and now. You either take care of it or you miss your chance.
The other thing that I really appreciate about food bearing plants is that they are both beautiful and useful. Of course, this melds perfectly with the William Morris philosophy that I am trying to adhere to. Whenever possible I am including dual purpose plantings in my landscaping now. Not only does the yard look pretty, but I can soak up the atmosphere while taking a bite out of a nice, juicy peach. Not a bad deal all in all.
This morning I got up early and picked a big bowl full of peaches and searched the internet for an interesting peach recipe. At Martha Stewart I found instructions for Peach-Rosemary Jam. So simple-it took only lemon juice, peaches, sugar and rosemary.
I peeled the peaches and sliced them. The ingredients got tossed together and “rested” for four hours to allow the flavors to blend.
The Martha recipe called for sprigs of fresh rosemary which would be removed after infusing the flavor. I did not have fresh, but filled a tea ball with dried rosemary and allowed it to float in the peach mixture.
After the mixture sat at room temperature for four hours it was ready to be heated.
The mixture has a tendency to boil over. In case I had any doubt the first time, I was pretty certain of that tendency the second time it boiled over.
I used the Martha Stewart instructions included with the recipe for the canning/preserving jar preparation.
I need to find another recipe. Peaches are busy ripening on the tree this very minute.