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Week is almost like Dessert: Tomato-Peach Salad, based on Peach Melba!” by Chef Pedro R. Munoz


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THE SALAD CHEF SPEAKS, PART XLII

 


The Salad Chef Speaks, Part XLII: the Final Salad of the Week is almost like Dessert: Tomato-Peach Salad, based on Peach Melba!” by Chef Pedro R. Munoz

 


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President Barack Obama

Bakersfield, CA, 04-21-2013 Su: I am heading south tonight and am bidding you all farewell for this time around, however, one never knows how long they have or what can happen the minute they step out the backdoor.  I have to say that I am glad that tax time is over and done, I did not file until the last minute.  I called in my CPA and had her go over everything the work prior to the due date because I was angry, I was mad, the government is taking about thirty-five percent of what I earn and is demanding more.  I am angry by the amount of questions the government asks, about its intrusive nature, how they do their best to look into every nook and cranny of my rear end as they search for any loose income I might have forgotten to mention.   The amount of information we now have to turn over to the federal government is unlike anything we’ve ever done before and it’s all because the present administration wants more money.  

Republican House Speaker John Boehner

In January, Speaker of the House John Boehner bowed down before President Obama and gave into a tax increase for the first time since George H. W. Bush committed suicide when he gave into the Democrats.  I am surprised that the grassroots Republicans of this nation have not trussed-up the speaker as though he were a Thanksgiving turkey and thrown him over the side of the sinking boat as a last hoorah in the face of oncoming disaster.   The fact that the President is demanding yet another tax increase is going to topple the Republican leadership if they give in, something I think Mr. Obama seeks.  If they lose their heads in a weekend massacre, the President will then have the Tea Party Patriots breathing down his back, something I think he can turn to his benefit.   The fact that the Speaker is dancing as fast as he can and can still not keep up works well in the Obama grist mill as they attack, attack, attack, in the same way we did to George W. Bush.  The Dems kept the man off his game by the ever-changing attacks that came in from all sides and I believe it prevented him from being everything he could over the course of his eight years in office.  I am sure we are going to witness a mass beheading as the base Republicans are becoming more and angrier over this incessant capitulation to everything Mr. Obama demands.  Trust me, it’s not going to end well!

The Internal Revenue Service

Back to the tax issue, this is the angering thing about the IRS is that they are never happy with what we give them.  The idea that they can look at all of our sensitive information and then tell us that we owe them even more is a mind-blowing idea because it goes against everything the Founders did to create this nation.  I have not always been in agreement with all of what’s happened, feeling that over the years, all minorities have been used and abused but in recent times, you know, since the 1960’s, we have come a long ways.  Unfortunately, since 2008, our enemies have thrown us back on ourselves and are struggling to keep up, I just cannot accept that the government is pursuing me for every last dime when I already have given them almost half of my wealth.  I certainly am NOT going to hire any more people and when the Affordable Care Act kicks in next year, I may be dumping more of my employees than planned.  The problem is, I cannot afford to keep them employed if I cannot afford to live as well as one of my dishwashers do, I certainly do not live as well as any of my top cooks, how insulting is that? 

Costa Rica
 
Earlier in this week, we discussed the ownership of firearms and how the government is seeking to not only restrict our ability to purchase and to maintain them, it’s actively seeking ways to remove them from our homes.  When I heard they were approaching a deal to limit firearms to those without any bouts of mental illness, I began wondering what the parameters of “mental illnesses would be?  I have suffered from depression at one time like most everyone else and I am beginning to understand that ANY bouts of depression could be the deal breaker when one wants to purchase a gun.  I also think that on next year’s taxes, the government is going to begin asking for firearms information when you do your taxes, that is what I am already hearing coming down the pike.   Amigos, I am considering moving to Costa Rica as we speak, it’s like once the Lord has lifted the veil from my eyes, and I am seeing the world and all its problems with glittering clarity!

Peach Melba

Well, today is Sunday, no one is here so we will get down to business.  We are making a great salad today, one that sort of crosses Peach Melba with a starter salad.  Sure, there’s some cost connected to it but let’s agree, we are all excellent chefs here are we not?  I would not present this to you if I did not think you could do it so here goes:

(#1750-G) TOMATO-PEACH SALAD
 

We base the success of a chef upon his or her kitchen managerial skills as much as it is on the creativity and the artistry of food design.  One has to be able to survey everything in the kitchen on any given day and then to put them together in the best profitable way possible in order to maximize the potential of every item no matter how insignificant.  This salad is one such creation and believe me, it’s among the best that I have.  It is important to have a large selection of salads for banquets and this one is truly successful.  Try it, you will love it!

Yield:  four salads / Mis-en-place: 45 minutes:
 

 


Qty.
Measure
Item
Other
4
Medium
RIPE peaches, peeled, halved, & pitted
Canned is OK
The Poaching Liquid:
1
Quart
Peach juice
 
2
Cups
Granulated sugar
 
1
Teaspoon
Ground cinnamon
 
1
Each
Bay leaf
 
1
Each
Vanilla bean
 
The Salad:
1
9 ounce bag
Fresh baby spinach
 
2
8-ounce cans
Dole Mandarin orange segments
Drained
1
Med-basket
Fresh strawberries, hulled, sliced, & rinsed
 
3-4
Medium
Vine-ripened tomatoes, hulled & quartered
 
1
9-ounce can
Lindsay medium black olives
 
4
Each
Sprigs of fresh parsley
Rinsed
.125
Cup
Freshly minced parsley flakes
Rinsed and dried
Splenda, sugar-based sweetener
 
Salad dressings of choice
 

 


Method:

1.     Mis-en-place: have everything ready with which to work! First, prepare the peaches by doing the following: poach the peach halves in a pan containing the peach juice, sugar, cinnamon, bay leaf, and vanilla bean.  Have it at a low simmer, barely moving, and place the pitted peach halves into it and keep there for 3-4 minutes or until tender to the touch but not overcooked and mushy. As soon as you finish them, remove them from the liquid and transfer quickly to the refrigerator.  Place them in a bowl of ice to retard further cooking. If desired, save the poaching liquid for use in making a peach or apricot pie filling or even a jam or jelly.

2.     To prepare the salads, use four medium ice-cold plates placed before you.  Place a mound of fresh baby spinach leaves atop it, and then place 3-4 wedges of vine-ripened tomato around the plate at intervals.  Place two peach halves on either side of the plate, then top with plenty of Mandarin orange segments.  Insert black olives at several places around the border of the salads and then fill in the spots with sliced strawberries. 

3.     We always add additional sweetener to our salads but never use sugar if we can help it as this drives up the caloric content; however, Splenda, the artificial sugar-based sweetener is perfect for this use so sprinkle a tablespoon of it across the top of each salad.  Then dust them with parsley flakes, insert a parsley sprig, and finally, place atop a cloth napkin-lined plate—this is your underliner.   Tray the salads to the guests accompanied by plenty of dressing of choice in goosenecks as well as hot bread, butter, and freshly ground black pepper. 

This is a marvelous salad that allows the chef who serves Peach Melba the chance to use up leftover or old items he or she may have on hand but the guests love it to be sure, it is that good.  The combination of fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and poached peaches is marvelous, it is exciting, the flavor is stupendous, and I urge all of you to try it!

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This is a photo of me at an awards dinner in San Diego for the Chefs de Cuisine in 1978. I began my culinary career in the 1950's and had the good fortune of working with many different chefs before meeting my good friend, Stinkbug, in the mid 1980's in Bakersfield. I am still working part-time in my semi-retired years in my hometown in San Diego, CA.

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Chef Pedro is a moderate Democrat.

Chef Pedro writes from San Diego, CA

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