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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Peach Melba: French Fridays with Dorie

peach melba
Peach Melba a.k.a Krusty the Clown

I spent 2 years in “The Opera World” when I was the business manager for a small concert opera company in NYC. Let me assure you, it is “Another World.” 

I would never have seen an entire Wagnerian Ring Cycle, which is an life alternating experience, if I had not been working in this field. Speaking of fields, an odd side note: opera singers are really into baseball. Baseball is just like opera, long stretches where absolutely nothing happens,... and than BAM someone hits a high note and the ball goes flying out of the theatre.

  Peach Melba is much loved in this circle, but so are most desserts... and food in general. I asked an opera singer once why they tended to be quiet large people? He rambled on about the benefits of having extra abdominal fat, something about it putting pressure on the diaphragm which increases one's 
vocal ability... but then he finally confessed, "What can I say we are just very oral, and we hang out with rich people who like to feed us well."

So my family dined like opera singers tonight and gorged ourselves on Peach Melba which, "no one hated." Even the liquored peaches got a thumbs up from all family members. 

I used Chambord because it is such a good cocktail mixer I thought I would get good use out of purchasing it. Question to the Dorista's : Did you remove the lemon rinds and the vanilla bean stick from the cooling liquid? I did because I was afraid the lemon would get bitter... what did you do? Did you eat it all or did you wait until the fat lady sang?  


Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 









23 comments:

  1. Diane, I found the peaches much better the second day after I sliced them and let them marinate in the delicious sauce. Yours looks lovely.

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    1. Did you leave in the lemon and the vanilla?

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  2. This looks so good! I am craving something sweet and I am just drooling looking at this pic

    Angie

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  3. I never would have made the baseball - opera singer analogy...
    I let mine sit for a couple of days in the syrup and I left both the vanilla bean and the zest strip right in the syrup. (if you had removed all of the white pithy part when you cut the strip, there shouldn't be anything to make it bitter. If there is still white on the back, I would pull it out)

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    1. Thank you I knew there was a way that could have added bitterness.

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  4. My husband, remembering that he was a doctor, used to say, "If it's a foreign object, it belongs in a jar." That's how I felt about leaving rinds and v. beans in my syrup. Although Cher is right about the lack of bitterness, I am not a zesting expert and always leave some stuff behind. That being said, there wasn't anything left when the 4 of us finished this desert. It's interesting that your kids liked it so much - I don't think of it as a kid's dessert - but yours have pretty sophisticated palates. I love baseball, don't care for opera but if I start to think of opera in baseball terms I might find it more tolerable.

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    1. Unfortunately American opera singers especially are very good technicians that lack heart, so yes they can be dull. I have been fortunate enough to hear some soulful singers in very small spaces and they are mind blowing.

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  5. I left out the lemon when I was cooling the peaches but not sure it would make that much difference? In any case, nice job on this one - they look amazing!

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  6. Beautiful, Diane! We really enjoyed this one too! I used homemade peach ice cream and it was wonderful! I left both the lemon rind and vanilla bean in the syrup…it was delicious not at all bitter!

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    1. Good to hear about leaving it all in... peach ice cream sounds incredible.

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  7. Diane, your Peach Melba is lovely:) I left in my lemon peel. The syrup wan't at all bitter. Thanks for the "scoop" on Opera Singers. Loved it!.

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  8. I like your opera singers being fed by rich people! This dessert is certainly in tune with that! Wonderful!

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  9. I love your insight into the opera world - I think we all enjoyed eating like opera singers this week!

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  10. Great post!!! Love your stories, and happy you liked this dish. I left everything in the syrup, so I guess I will find out when I get home!

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  11. LOL - I was looking at photos of opera suingers the other night and was wondering much the same thing. I like the explanation though :) This was delicious. I didn't use vanilla bean- just vanilla essence - and I did remove the lemon fter cooking the syrup.

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  12. Diane, Peach Melba is one of my all-time favorite summer desserts! I try to make it every year and yours looks outstanding!!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog; now I'm off to find your follow link so I can keep up with ya! Ciao, Roz

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  13. Diane, I loved learning a bit more about you :) Yes, I left the lemon peel in, too...but if the thought of it turning bitter crossed my mind, I probably would have removed it. Beautifully done and happy #100!

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  14. It's a great looking dessert!
    I don't think I've ever eaten Peach-Melba, but looking at the photo I'd definitely loooooooooooooove to

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  15. we left the lemon in and four days later it wasnt any bit bitter at all

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  16. Hi Diane, I loved your story about the "Opera World". And wasn't Ms. Melba an opera singer? I left the lemon in the syrup (I used vanilla extract, but would have left the beans). I still have half a peach left and loads of syrup. I'm thinking of poaching a few more peaches in the liquid I have. I'm loving the peach melba thing.

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  17. Really interesting comments about opera and baseball - I love baseball, but haven't yet developed an appreciation for opera. Also had to laugh at the explanation for why opera singers tend to be large...I left the lemon, vanilla bean, and verbana in my syrup and didn't notice any bitterness. Glad your family liked this one!

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  18. I love these retro desserts. Found you through Carole.

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    1. I agree these old recipes can be really delicious. These peaches are amazing.

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