I love to read, but I’m not one who will read any book that comes along simply because it is new. I have pretty strict rules — excellent writing, take me on an adventure, make me laugh or tell me something new, introduce me to engaging characters, and NO SAP. Lately I’ve been enjoying the newest book by Frances Mayes, Under Magnolia, a memoir of her time growing up in Georgia. It’s fascinating, and although I grew up many states away, NOT in the south, I nod my head in understanding as I read. Her writing creates a scene so clear I feel I am not staring at the pages of a book, but instead I am secretly watching from the kitchen or the bedroom and I am part of the events of her life as a child and young adult. I savor the chapters, not wanting to finish the book too quickly. It is a more emotionally painful read than her books about Tuscany, and I’m not sure if I will be able to read it again and again as I do some of the others, so I go slowly now.
So, while reading this book, I started thinking about Georgia peaches. Delicious, juicy, and a color that can’t be replicated. I began thinking of a girl from rural Georgia growing up and becoming famous for her memoirs of Tuscany. Then of course my mind wandered to her new Tuscan wines. hehe.
And while it was stuck there I took a break to peruse the tiny book Picnics of Tuscany: Italian Country-Style Picnics to Enjoy at Home or Abroad. I found many desserts to tempt me, but one intrigued me ~~ Pesche Alla Menta Con Amaretti ~~ peaches in wine spiced with mint and served with bittersweet apricot cookies. (Just think about that for a moment. Yummm.) Well, mint I have by the bushel as it has taken over part of my yard, and I had a bottle of white wine (see it here, I forgot to take a pic) :), so I decided to try this exotic recipe. The result was a soft, sweet, almost mousse-like taste sensation.
Blanch two ripe peaches for 2 minutes.
Remove peaches and skin. (the skin comes off so easily!)
Dissolve 2 T sugar in a cup of white wine. Add mint.
Submerge peaches. (Add more wine if needed.)
Cover and marinate overnight in the fridge.
Serve in a bowl with a spoonful of the marinade and a sprig of mint.
Add a thin cookie ~~ I used an almond biscuit.
This is a perfect, elegant little peach to share with your honey at the end of a long day, or a long week, in our case. Mr. Fun is suddenly retiring from the company he has been with for 23 years, and returning to the law firm he began with long ago as a new associate just out of law school! Back then they were in 1 World Trade Center. I was in 2 WTC, and although we waved out of the windows at the other tower, only in our imaginations could we actually see each other. Now his firm has moved to midtown. I’m hoping to reap the benefits of this latest upheaval with more evenings in NYC, as I can easily hop on the train to meet up for dinner, drinks and a show. Time feels like it is spinning out of control right now, as this huge life event was added to our already hectic summer.
So a little time on the deck, in the candlelight, sounds wonderful.
Eat a peach.
then visit the novel bakers: