Food Life In Season Peaches Food Life Peaches, with their soft skin and sweet flesh, are a summertime staple. Peaches come in ‘freestone’ or ‘clingstone’. Freestone indicates when cut in half the stone will slip out when twisted slightly. Clingstone is the opposite; the stone clings to the fruit (these are great for eating and poaching). White peaches are a late-season peach, considered by many to be better than yellow varieties. 66 Also In Season February Apricots; Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries; Australian Figs; Grapes; Limes Lychees; Mangoes; Nectarines; Free-stone yellow and white Peaches; Pineapples; Plums and Watermelon. Also Hass Avocadoes; all things Beans – Butter, Snake, Flat and Green; Cucumber; Chilli; Corn; Capsicum; Eggplant; sugar snap Peas; Radish, Silverbeet, English Spinach; Tomatoes and Onions. Generally more expensive, when ripe they are blessed with sweeter, juicier more intense flavour than the yellow ones. Buying Buying can be a difficult; for ripe fruit the key signs are a sweet, fragrant aroma when at room temperature, highly coloured skin (with no green patches) and a little ‘give’ when the fruit is cradled in hand (don’t squeeze the fruit as you will bruise it). Firm fruit will ripen if left in a cool, light place for 1-3 days. Store Avoid stacking on top of each other as this causes stone fruit to bruise. Store ripe stone fruit unwashed in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the fridge for 2-3 days. Nutrition Peaches contain 10 different vitamins including reasonable source of vitamin A and C, with lower levels of vitamins E and K. The flesh and skin contain significant antioxidants which helps the body eliminate free radicals. FEBRUARY 2017 Barbecue peaches with coconut mascarpone Serves 6 9 free stone peaches, halved 1 cup white sugar salted caramel sauce, warmed to serve coconut mascarpone 250g mascarpone 300ml double thick cream 2 tbs coconut, lightly toasted 1. Preheat barbecue plate on medium-high. Remove stones from peaches, dip, cut-side in sugar. Just before cooking place a large sheet of baking paper onto the barbecue plate. Place peaches, cut side down on the paper and cook 3-5 minutes until lightly coloured. Transfer to a platter, cut-side up. 2. Combine mascarpone, cream and coconut together, gently swirling until combined. 3. Top the peaches with a dollop of mascarpone and drizzle caramel sauce; serve. Quick ideas… n Add chopped stone fruit over the top of a basic butter-cake before cooking. n Heat butter, brown sugar, vanilla and a little cream in a frying until melted and smooth. Add chopped stone fruit, toss over medium heat 1 minute and serve with ice cream. n Top bircher muesli with chopped stone fruit, drizzle with a little honey and enjoy for breakfast.
25 26 27 28 29 Pittwater Puzzler 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 Compiled by David Stickley 24 A boy and girl as sole children in a family (6,4) 27 Sailors (9) 28 Creator of PittwaterLife’s recipes, Janelle (5) 29 Body-like sculpture (6) 30 These, maybe surprisingly, are available for hire from Jamieson Park Paddle (8) ACROSS 1 Organisation found at 5/48 Old Barrenjoey Rd and 334 Barrenjoey Rd (3,5) 5 Any of the very numerous Australian species of the genus Acacia, shrubs or trees with spikes or globular heads of yellow or cream flowers (6) 9 What students do at Avalon Public School or Newport Public School, for example (5) 10 Shane Withington’s boat that takes him to work at Palm Beach (9) 12 Suburban home of Taylors Point (10) 13 Soft body powder (4) 15 Putting money aside (6) 16 Boutique hotel and restaurant at Whale Beach (6) 19 A hard boiled sweet usually flavoured with peppermint (6) 20 Local hang-outs (6) 23 An organised event at which a number of races or other sporting contests are held (4) DOWN 1 Museum pieces (6) 2 Theatrical show (5) 3 Original name of the commercial property built in 1929 at 1 Beach Road, Palm Beach (10) 4 Periods of time used by musicians to do their recordings (8) 6 Performs on stage (4) 7 Types of multi-hulled boats perhaps seen on Pittwater (9) 8 What members should get at Freshstart gym in Narrabeen (8) 11 Plant with showy flowers (4) 14 Small suburb next to Lovett Bay in Pittwater (7,3) 15 Activities program at this time of year supported by Northern Beaches Council (9) 17 Avalon Beach Pharmacy and Newport Pharmacy, for example (8) 18 Travel behind a speedboat being pulled along (5,3) 21 Wind-up toy? (4) 22 Items of advertising publicising an event (6) 25 Coral island (5) 26 Author of In At The Deep End who grew up in Avalon Beach (4) [Solution page 71] Pittwater Puzzler FEBRUARY 2017 67