Monday, September 15, 2008

Recipe Links 9-15-08; Rum & Poached Peach

Boy, between Texas flooding, Wall Street collapsing, the heated election and Tina Fey bringing me to tears (of laughter), it is hard to think about food in the evenings, but nevertheless, we sally on! Lisl has been dragged to Switzerland for work this week, which either means that I'm going to be doing crazy experimentation in the kitchen or subsistence eating... you never know. I find it harder to motivate to cook properly when I'm the only one eating the results (our munchkin is a good eater but she likes food bland bland bland!).

First, here's the latest list of recipes I've discovered recently (roughly in the order found) and would like to try at some point:

Recipe Links

Part 2:
Rum and Poached Peach
The other night we had some friends over to dinner. I grilled some New York strips (interestingly, the butcher told me they were "grass raised and corn finished", which he said is an increasing trend) and made a Mediterranean gratin with layers of eggplant, roasted red peppers, olives, plum tomatoes cooked with onion and garlic, cheese, rosemary and breadcrumbs.

Lisl made a play on Peach Melba, which, rather than topping with rasberry sauce, we topped with some really good dark rum from St. Lucia called Chairman's Reserve. Delish!

peach melba
Pre-Rum (and the attack of my spoon)

To make: Bring a pot of 1 1/4 quarts water, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and some lemon zest to boil, then lower heat to a light simmer. Poach your peaches (in batches if you have many) for about 5 minutes, allow to cool, then place in the fridge the chill. When cold and you are ready to serve, slip off the skins (they should come off easily), halve and pit. Place on a scoop of vanilla ice cream and lightly pour some high quality dark rum on top.

8 comments:

bee said...

you have a neat space here. we like to veganize many of our recipes and like to experiment. this quiche turned out wonderful. hope you like it too. the other success we've had is with a vegan cake frosting!

-jai

bee said...

ps: your dessert is sinful!

Giff said...

Thank you Bee. I'm a huge fan of jugalbandi and it's delightful to see you find your way here!

Jeni said...

That dessert looks good! My husband recently finished off our last bottle of Chairman's Reserve left from our honeymoon in St. Lucia. They know how to make rum down there!

kellypea said...

The list of wannamakes looks delish. And the melba? Well...of course.

Giff said...

Hi Jeni, yes I agree... I think it is among my favorite rum, along with good Barbancourt.

Kellypea - that's the first time I've seen the word "wannamakes" -- that's hysterical.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks lovely! Perfect summer dessert, like peach pie a la mode without the pie (just the way I like it!) ;)

Giff said...

Thanks Jenn!