Friday, June 21, 2013

Our Spicy Garden

Tending to our small garden has been one of our, well I really mean my husband's, favorite things to do. We love planting new flowers, herbs and vegetables in the spring and watch them grow through the summer months.  My husband, Greg, has a real green thumb and has kept our garden flourishing.  However, we somehow unfortunately missed the planting season this year.  Being busy with our work and life our garden suffered.  While my lavender has dried up and our mini lime tree is slowly dying we did have a strong survivor.  Somehow, Greg's prized Serrano pepper plant continued to bloom and produce and abundance of peppers through our lack of caring for our garden.  
Voilet and the Serrano pepper plant
Harvesting the peppers were no problem thanks to our beautiful American Staffordshire Terrier mix pup, Violet.  She loves to dig and play with her ball right next to and under the Serrano pepper plant.  So "somehow" all the peppers came off the plant easily.

Now that we had all these Serrano peppers and some juicy fresh peaches on our counter top Greg suggested making a wonderful salsa.  If you are unfamiliar with Serrano peppers I have to tell you that although they are small they are surely mighty in their spice and heat.  Greg loves to enjoy them fresh and whole.  Myself on the other hand, I prefer them roasted and mixed with something sweet, like yellow peaches.

Serrano Peach Salsa  

2 peaches, pitted, pealed and diced
2 Serrano peppers
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste

Turn on oven to broil.

Place the Serrano peppers, washed and whole, on a small foil lined baking sheet.  Broil until slightly chard, about 4 minutes, turning at about half way through.  Remove the peppers from the oven and allow to cool.  When cool enough to handle, deseed the peppers and dice.

In a Small mixing bowl place the roasted Serrano peppers, peaches, red onion, cilantro and lime juice.  Combine until well mixed.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy alone with tortilla chips or over grilled chicken or fish tacos!  

Note: If Serrano peppers are too hot for you, substitute with a roasted jalapeno.