Saturday, April 01, 2006

Beautiful peaches...peaches for me...


Sigh...summer is here. And with it, its languid air, its lazy breezes, and its feeling-hothothot sunshine. I look out the window at the sun shining gloriously on our mango tree and think: "Where have I been?" Where have I been indeed. Buried in piles of work, busily putting out the fires there. Rushing from one wedding-related errand to the next. Running around with C and trying to coax our new home into shape. I have not been able to cook or bake, or visit this blog (or any of yours) for almost a month. That I missed it, that is certain. But, as sometimes is the case, life stepped in to pull me this way and that, and all the energy I had left at the end of the day was only enough to place my weary little head on my pillow for some much craved for sleep.

In the midst of all this bustle, i received an email from a fellow blogger, Kai:

Hi Joey, there are some fabulous white and golden peaches now being sold at an imported fruits stall along the middle aisle of the basement at Power Plant Rockwell. I haven't bought some yet since I splurged on nectarines, but I was given a free slice to taste and it was better than the ones I've had abroad in summer. FYI, if you haven't noticed it yet...Kai

In the great big world of food blogging, had someone actually taken notice of my pitiable whining about fresh peaches? Not just taken notice, but also taken steps to rectify my plight? What a sweet surprise! And, mark my words, I hurried off to the aforementioned place as soon as I could to procure myself a share.

As I sat at my breakfast soon afterwards, enjoying my peaches with yogurt and honey, I thought about how horrible life would be if we didn't take the time to stop and taste the peaches. So thanks, Kai, intentioned or not, for the little reminder! :)

25 comments:

ces said...

hi joey..
good to have you back! lol! i'm not so much of a peach-lover so all i can say is that's so sweet of kai!

Marketmanila said...

I like peaches a lot... I saw those at rockwell but wasn't sure if they would be any good...I opted for the nice seedless red grapes instead and they were delicious! Hmmm, now I have to go back and try the peaches...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ces! Yup, it was very sweet of her and much appreciated by me :)

Hi Marketman! I think it's all by chance because a couple of the peaches I got were better then the others. You can get a free taste though...they don't hesitate to slice you a piece if you're interested :)

Typical INgredients said...

Hi Joey,

It's good to hear your back for Blogging. I never thought of you have gone that far but I'm glad you've realize- you have been missed!

I may not be a peaches lover but Peach Cobblers is what of my undying favorite recipes ever and yes, summer is approaching as well as here in U.

Take care and hoping to hear from you more soon...

Tin

Kai said...

You're welcome, Joey. That time I just remembered your comment on my post about my whining on the fresh cherries sold in the country.

So they're not all that great? I don't know how to choose a good one, so I haven't been back to buy some for myself. But I love peaches, too, and the next time I pass by the mall I'll give it a go. I'm just surprised our blogger friends who have access to peaches are not that big a fan. If only we could switch places with them, hehe!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tin! Thanks :) It's good to be back...I've still got tons to do (and so little time it seems!) but I enjoy cooking and blogging to much to go without for long...thanks for your nice words and hope all is well with you too!

Hi Kai! Heehee...I remember that post! Anyways, a great big thanks to you! I have no idea how to choose a good peach either...perhaps the reason behind not getting a 100% stellar batch. I just go about it as if choosing any other fruit (looks, feel, smell)...but I don't know if there are and special "good-peach-signs". If anyone out there knows please clue me in!

Anonymous said...

I too enjoy eating fruits with stones/pips in them. Although medyo biased ako with peaches. I still preffer them from the can. I was put off by the furry skin eh. Balatan ko na lang sila para makain ko =)
Hand me a bowl of nectarine and uubusin ko sya. With the help of my son of course. Winter is around the corner so summer fruits are finished. I keep forgetting kung ano ang mga winter fruits. Staple dito sa house bananas, grapes, rockmelon, honeydew and watermelon. Either way you have peaches, they are good.
"Millions of peaches, peaches for me, lalalalalalala".
Welcome back Joey.

zita said...

Previous post was from moi. Cheers!

Ivonne said...

I'm jealous! While spring has come to Toronto (sort of)it's still chilly and we still have yet to see even one leaf on a tree.

But your post reminded me that summer will come to these parts again. In the meantime, enjoy the peaches!

relly said...

Hello joey, have you tasted the white peaches? Orange peaches in my own opinion have same texture as the magoes coming from africa or brazil. White peaches are sweeter and taste lovely!

violet said...

oh lord. it's almost peach season here. i have to keep an eye out. peaches are gone as soon as theyre here.

Mila Tan said...

I love peaches!!! Along with cherries and really sweet d'anjou pears. And Blueberries. All things I can't get a lot here in Manila.

But I will try to find those peaches in Rockwell, price be damned. White peaches are amazing, that fragrance, the taste, the creaminess. I've eaten a dozen at a sitting once in the US. Could peel and pit them then eat a slice at a time. Sheer peach juice stickiness.

I like peaches that are firm to the touch, but not rock hard. Should have a fragrance when you sniff them, and no bruising. Usually that helps to pick good ones, but there are always duds.

Welcome back Joey!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Zita! The stall sells nectarines too! I think I should go back for some...hehe :) Wow, winter around the corner already? I love that we all experience different seasons at different times...makes the world more interesting :)

Hi Ivonne! Spring will come soon! Hang in there :)

Hi Relly! No, I haven't tasted white peaches...they sound lovely! Will be sure to ask the girl at the stall about them :)

Hi Violet! Enjoy your peaches! And it's good to see you back to blogging :)

Hi Mila! Thanks for the peach tips...will keep those in mind for next time :) I like most fruits, my favorite being mangoes...which are readily available here and, in my humble opinion, the best in the Philippines too :) I keep waiting for Rustan's to have their now-you-see-them-now-you-don't blueberries though...hahaha!

Paz said...

Good to see a post here. Have missed ya but understand about being busy. Those peaches sure look delicious. I'd like some of them and some mangoes and I'll be happy. ;-)

Best,
Paz

Lani said...

We really miss you, Joey. I know you're really busy but happy siempre. I love peaches, too but in can nga lang. I will try to visit Power Plant Mall to buy peaches and nectarines na rin. Super masarap daw ito sabi ng sil ko from US.

Take care of yourself and stay beautiful always.

Midge said...

Joey! We haven't heard from you in ages! But it's great to have you back.

Hmm... Peaches: gotta love them! The fruit section at Shopwise and Makati Supermarket keeps them in stock. (Though I've only seen white ones at Shopwise.) The selection at the Market! Market! fruit stalls is magnificent, though. Look for the small, golden ones with a prounounced blush for chilling and eating. Bigger ones are great for home-packing in syrup. ^_^

Mona said...

That is really sweet and thoughtful. Wow. I love how friends I've met through the blogging community never cease to surprise and comfort me. I love getting notes in my email box from bloggers just popping in or inquiring about something unrelated to any of our posts. It definitely makes me smile, like those peaches! Mmmm!

Kevin said...

Joey,

I just tagged you for a meme: http://seriouslygood.kdweeks.com/2006/04/around-world.html

ChichaJo said...

Hi Paz! Thanks for the kind words :) Sigh...wouldn't the world be a better place if we could all succumb to fruit-induced happiness? :)

Hi Lani! You are too sweet! Thanks and stay beautiful too! :) (And enjoy the peaches and nectarines...)

Hi Midge! Thanks! You always have this fruit-info :) Hey, are you gonna post about "home packing in syrup"? Never thought of doing it myself but when I read your comment there was a little light bulb in my head...

Hi Mona! I definitely agree! :) I never stop getting pleasantly surprised by the warmth I encounter here!

Hi Kevin! Will go over there now and check it out :)

relly said...

Sorry, made a very big mistakes.. stupid me.. nowhere in this world you'll find white peaches.. LOL..
I mean White Nectarines.. Sorryy madam!

stef said...

ahhhh... one of the pleasures of summer. especially fresh picked from a peach tree. give me peach pie, peach crumble, peach preserves, frozen peaches, peach ice cream -- i love all those, but there's nothing like biting into a fresh, still warm peach, juice dribbling down your chin. such lusciousness! truly decadent. haay... spring pa lang dito:(

violet said...

i saw this today http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060411.htm&no=06 and thought of you! cheers!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Relly! Haha! Thanks for the advise... :)

Hi Stef! Wow! That sounds amazing...I have never even SEEN a peach tree! Haha!

Hi Violet! What an interesting article and thanks for thinking of me and passing it along :) Davao is in the southern part of the Philippines and I need to take a plane to get there, but it's an amazing place with great food and beaches :)

fuzzymousepie said...

I absolutely adore peaches! Not just because they're so juicy but I think the fragrance plays a big part too. Plus I really love the fuzzy skins. Heheh.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Fuzzymousepie! Yes, there is definitely something irresistable about fuzziness :) Thanks for dropping by!