Grill Roasted Pasta Sauce

I love the flavour that comes out of the vegetables right out of the garden – give them a grill before simmering this pasta sauce and you will be treated to that flavour all winter long.  

30 roma tomatoes, halved

12 cloves garlic, peeled

5 small onions, unpeeled and sliced very thick

3 sweet red peppers, whole

Grill all vegetables until you get nice grill marks and the garlic and onions are soft, lightly browned.  As soon as the sweet peppers are charred, put them in a ziplock bag or a tightly covered bowl and allow to steam for 15 minutes – remove the skin and seeds.

Put all tomatoes with the vegetables in a large pot and simmer until tender. 

Add:  

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp chopped fresh or dried oregano

3 tsp white sugar

3 tsp salt

Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer just until all flavours have had a chance to blend well.  Make sure to taste it and adjust seasonings if you need a little more.Image

Either freeze in freezer safe containers, or process in hot water bath.

 

To preserve in hot water, canning bath – fill jars to within 1 inch, cover with hot seals and rings.  Process in hot water bath 35 minutes for pints.

This recipe makes about 7 pints.

Peach Ice Cream

Peaches - from the tree to ice cream!

5-6 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

1 1/2 cups white sugar

juice of 1 large lemon

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp almond extract

2 cups  whipping cream (don’t use 1/2 & 1/2 or milk)

In a large bowl, mix together peaches, sugar lemon juice and the extracts.  Allow to stand for 15 min, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.  Mash with a potato masher. 

Measure out 2 cups mashed peaches.  Reserve the remaining peaches in a small bowl and chill until very cold.

Puree the 2 cups peaches in blender, add heavy cream and pour into a clean bowl – cover and chill until VERY cold.  I do this in the morning, and allow it to sit in the fridge.  If you are in a hurry – put it into the freezer for about 20 minutes, but be sure to stir it occasionally so it doesn’t freeze to the side of the bowl.

Churn the cream/peach mixture according to your manufacturer directions.  During the last few minutes of churning, add the remaining chilled peaches.

Put in airtight container in freezer.  The ice cream is okay to eat now, as a REAL soft serve, but allowing it to set up in the freezer for a few hours improves both the texture and flavour.

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.

All ice cream machines are slightly different – with the peach/cream mixture I determine how much more volume I can add with the peaches during the last few moments of churning time.