Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa

I’ve been buying a lot of peaches lately. A lot.  Although peaches are delicious just own their own, I wanted to try something a little different.  Enter peach salsa (inspired by Chipotle Peach Salsa from Budget Bytes).

Ingredients:

3 peaches, chopped
2 small tomatoes -or- a large handful of grape/cherry tomatoes
2-3 stalks of green onion, chopped
1/2 of a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus some of the sauce (adjust to taste, chipotle peppers are hot)
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
cilantro (to taste)

1. Mix it all together in a bowl

2. Serve with tortilla chips or your salsa-vehicle of choice

Keeps well in the fridge for several days

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Recipe Roundup: Favourite recipes from around the internet

Recipe Roundup

Here’s where I share with you my favourite recipes from, well, “the internet”.  About 90% of the recipes I use these days are found online, so this is basically the equivalent of me putting sticky notes in a couple of my favourite cookbooks and lending them to you to flip through at your leisure.


Yellow Jasmine Rice (from Budget Bytes):  Beth from Budget Bytes claims that this is the best rice she’s ever had.  That’s a bold assertion, but holy-yum this rice is that good.  It’s also easy and goes with so many different dishes.

Substitutions/Additions:  You can make this with water if you don’t have broth on hand (or just don’t want to use broth).  It will still be delicious.


Curried Tofu Salad (from The Kitchn):  This tofu “egg” salad is kind of weird but really tasty.  Good in a wrap or on a ciabatta bun, especially with a nice layer of fresh spinach or other greens.

Substitutions/Additions:  I don’t usually (ie. ever) have yellow mustard seeds, so I’ve only ever made this without them.  I’ve made this with and without the raisins and both options are fine.  Also, I don’t make this recipe with a whole pound of tofu, I usually just make it with whatever tofu ‘leftovers’ I have after making something else, and adjust the quantities accordingly.  Honestly, I don’t really even follow the directions, I just kind of eyeball the ingredients and stir it all together in a bowl.  This is more of a situation of being inspired by the recipe, than actually following the recipe.


Baked Fried Brown Rice (from Oh My Veggies):  What the title of this recipe fails to mention is it is pineapple ‘fried’ brown rice.  The pineapple is one of the most important parts.

Substitutions/Additions:  I like to scramble/fry up an egg and then mix it into the rice once it’s done.  It makes the dish a bit heartier, especially if you’re going to eat it as a meal, rather than a side dish.


Pear, Goat Cheese, and Pistachio Pizza (from Savour the Senses):  Make this.  Right now.  This is really, really good and I’ve made it at least ten times in the last year.

Substitutions/Additions: I use ‘regular’ (white) onions and caramelize them first.  Also, the recipe calls for way too much oregano and garlic – I just use a generous sprinkle of each.  You should also probably just go ahead and double the recipe and make two pizzas.  You will thank me.


Our Perfect Veggie Burger (from Oh She Glows):  These really are perfect.  Nutty, crispy on the outside, a bit moist on the inside, and full of healthy goodness.  They also freeze pretty well, which is important because this recipe makes a fairly large batch.  This recipe seems a bit complicated, and it kind of is (lots of ingredients and several steps), but it’s worth it.

Substitutions/Additions: I use 2-3 eggs in place of the ‘flax eggs’ called for in the recipe.


Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie  (from Oh She Glows):  I don’t typically use recipes for smoothies  – I’m more of a dump whatever you want into blender type of smoothie maker – but this recipe is quite tasty and is worth the extra time it takes to actually follow a recipe.  It’s also a good way to get some blackstrap molasses  into your diet, which contains vitamin B6, and minerals such as magnesium and iron.  Word on the street is that it’s good for you.

Substitutions/Additions: It’s not exactly a substitution, but I don’t usually use a frozen banana.  A non-frozen banana will do.

Tiny Travelogue: Mont Tremblant National Park

Mont-Tremblant National Park

Location: Mont-Tremblant National Park, Quebec

Length of Trip: Three days, two nights (July 2013)

Purpose of Trip:  Fun, swimming, campfires, and general outdoorsy-ness

Method of Transportation:  Henry the Honda

Food: chili, grilled cheese, chips, wine, hot dogs, grilled veggies, corn on the cob, peanut butter cookies and other delicious food

Accommodations: Instead of camping, we opted for more of a ‘glamping’ trip.  We stayed in an adorable little cabin called “La Mesange”, which was on Lac Provost in the La Pimbina section of the park.  The cabin had a nice loft you could sleep in, as well as a separate bedroom.  Oh, and it had its own bathroom with a shower and everything!  It was well stocked with pretty much everything you need for cooking (small fridge, stove-top, microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker, pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, mugs etc.)  And the best part was it was located right next to a really nice beach.  Overall, it was pretty amazing.

Highlights:  The best part of this trip was definitely the swimming in Lac Provost and the relaxing on the beach.  The cabin itself was also pretty great. 

In addition to swimming, we also did some “hiking”.  I feel the need to use quotation marks because to me, “real hiking” is more grueling and involves mountains.  Real mountains, like in the Rockies.  None of this “big hill that we call a mountain” business.  The first trail we did was L’ Envol, which took us about 1 hour.  It had nice views and was definitely worth doing.  We also did the Chutes-Aux-Rats hike.  It took us 2 hours, and didn’t really have much to see along the way.  Basically just some walking in the woods.  There was a really nice waterfall at the end but, it was a bit disappointing (after walking for two hours in the heat) to find out that you could easily just drive there.  I mean, I’m not one to advocate driving places but… it would have just been a short drive up the road.  Maybe use your hiking energies for something else.