Book Cooking Thursday: James and the Giant…Peach-Brie Quesadilla!

*Suggested soundtrack for reading this post: “Peaches” by The Presidents of the Unites States of America*

..oh and “Hook” by Blues Traveller, for no real reason.

It’s August in Ontario and that means one thing: Fresh Produce. Also enjoying the last days of a short summer…and of course the CNE, back to school and Sunflowers are EVERYWHERE, which is great.

Let’s try that again. It’s August in Ontario and that means many things. Among them, Fresh Ontario Produce. Everything is fresh and all of my favorite things are in season. Therefore it is of the utmost priority to EAT ALL OF THE GROWING THINGS! Because in a few short months we are back to that miserable hell wherein everything shrivels and dies and all of our fruits and vegetables are from tins or frozen or flown in from Chile at the low low cost of 6$/Kg.

My favorite August treat is a fresh peach…or strawberries..or garden fresh salsa, yellow wax beans or sweet summer corn with garlic-basil butter.

Let’s try that again. One of my favorite treats are fresh peaches. Peaches alone or in cakes, pies, tarts, salads, pancakes or smoothies. If given half the chance, I would live inside a peach. Which brings me to this Book-Cooking Thursdays’ Recipe: James and the Giant Peach and Brie Quesadilla (with honey lime dipping sauce).

 

I hope that everyone is familiar with the Roald Dahl classic “James and the Giant Peach”. If not, be sure to pick up a copy. A classic heart-warmer from the man who brought us other pander-free childrens classics such as Matilda and The BFG. James and the Giant Peach is the story of a young boy whose parents were eaten by an escaped rhinoceros. He was then sent to live with his spinster Aunts who, naturally, subjected him to mental and physical abuse. One day, young James finds himself the owner of a magic potion, but then spills it- all over a peach tree. The tree then sprouts a house-sized peach along with human-sized insect inhabitants. Eventually (Spoiler Alert!), this peach is used as both an escape vehicle for James and his friends and a home in which to live happily ever after. A fantastic read-aloud chapter book for kids or a nostalgic re-read for you! So, give it another (or a first) read, and then make yourself up some delicious:

James and the Giant Peach-and-Brie Quesadillas (with honey-lime dipping sauce)-Yields about 4-6 servings

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice (note: if you mis-read this as “2 tbsp”, you’re still okay)
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest

Quesadillas:

  • 1 cup of thinly sliced, peeled, firm peaches.(Preferably slices that come from a house-sized, but uninhabited, peach.)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 oz. Brie cheese, thinly sliced (In theory, I should have used half of this, as I am only making 2 servings. In theory. But in theory, communism works. So 3oz of Brie it is.)
  • 4 (8 inch) flour tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • chives for garnish
  1. Whisk together the first 3 ingredients and set aside for the dipping sauce
  2. Combine peaches, chopped chives and sugar, toss gently to coat.
  3. Heat a large, non stick pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
  4. Working quickly, place 1 tortilla in the pan, arrange 1/4 of the peach mixture and brie on half, and fold the other half over with tongs.
  5. Let cook about 2 mins, then flip and cook the other side 1-2 mins. Remove and keep warm.
  6. Repeat with the other tortillas.
  7. Garnish with chive strips and serve with dipping sauce

Enjoy!

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