Tag: peach

The cool grey summer of San Francisco

As summer begins in earnest elsewhere in the country, the fog and wind arrives in San Francisco. Leaving the playground in the evening, Lilias and I battle our way through the blustery streets home to our warm apartment. The market is now filled with glowing red tomatoes and blushing stone fruit, warming the grey Sunday mornings. June and July in this city means eating summer while it feels like winter outside.

Here is a salad perfect with a glass of white wine that will make you feel like it is summer, even if the weather tells you otherwise.


The Taste of Summer in a Salad

Three sweet, ripe peaches
1 ball of buffalo mozzarella
Six slices of prosciutto
A handful of basil
Juice of a lemon
Olive oil

This really is as simple as slicing the peaches, tearing the mozzarella and lying them with the prosciutto over the leaves. Finish with a simple lemon, olive oil and salt dressing and you have yourself a meal! This would be lovely with fish or chicken, but we just had some fresh bread and butter and a glass of wine.


Roasting Summer

I don’t have a sweet tooth, I don’t crave cakes or cookies. In saying this, after dinner I often feel like I need a little something else. This generally¬†comes in the form of a cup of tea and piece of dark chocolate, but has taken a new turn with all the stone fruit we have in our fridge.

Roasted peaches are easy. You put them in the oven and then magically come out sweet, gooey and a bit like thick jam half an hour later. They are perfect to have with natural yoghurt or vanilla ice cream, and when you sprinkle some goodies on top, they are one delightful pudding.


Roast Peaches

1 peach per person, white or yellow fleshed

On each, a sprinkling of
-coconut flakes
-vanilla seeds
-steel ground oats
-roughly chopped almonds
-honey/brown sugar

Simply cut the peaches in half, remove the stone and sprinkle with a combination of coconut, vanilla, almonds, oats and sugar. I personally don’t add the sugar as I think the peaches are sweet enough without it, but it is entirely up to you and your tastes. These are kind of like mini peach crumbles and if you have any left over, they are delicious cold as a snack.