I am a big fan of eating local in season food. Fresh local fruit just tastes better, especially when I grow it myself. Before you get the wrong idea and imagine me as a farmer tending to my acreage let me explain that we have a few fruit trees on our small postage stamp size yard in the downtown core. In our yard we grow peaches, plums and apples all of which were mature trees when we bought the house 5 years ago. When we made an offer on the house the peach and plum trees looked just like any other tree to me, I honestly had no idea that they were fruit bearing. Imagine my surprise when 4 months later we took possession and found both a peach tree and a rat eating peaches in the yard. Continue reading
Three years ago we bought the house in the city with a yard slightly bigger than a postage stamp. We moved in at the middle of August and on the third day while I was cleaning a paint tray in the kitchen sink I looked out the window and saw a rat. A huge ugly long-tailed rat sitting on the kitchen window sill. I freaked out, completely. After calling my husband to observe the rat, I called the real estate agent and demanded that he get the compost bin out of the yard. Sorry about that Brad. There was no way I was going anywhere near the compost bin to find out what was living in it. When the real estate agent did get the compost bin removed we learned that it was yard waste only.
We also learned that we had a peach tree with rotting fruit which had attracted the rat. How is it possible that we bought a house with a postage stamp sized yard without realizing that there was a mature peach tree and two plum trees. Well I don’t want to say that I am completely oblivious so I will tell you that we bought the house in April before any of the tree’s flowered, and the trees are on a strip of land about 3 feet wide at the side of the house, the opposite side from the front door. Or I was so concerned with the interior I couldn’t give a rats ass about the plants, trees and bushes. All are true. I now give a rats ass about the trees because I have no desire to see a rats ass ever again.
So it’s mid July and the peaches are ready. I have picked them, cleaned them and turned them into a fantastic peach bread. The recipe is below if you happen to have a peach tree and a desire to keep rats away.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon (or as little as you like)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped almonds or other nut
1 1/4 cup chopped peaches
Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Blend the eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla until well beaten. Mix the flour, salt, sugars, baking soda, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in 2 parts mixing throughly. Add the peaches, and mix until they are dissolved into the mixture. Add the almonds. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan, and pour in the mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until done.