Friday, August 14, 2009

spicy peach flight for breakfast

another super early morning filled with meetings and emails. i am so glad that i planned to be back at work for a couple of days before the weekend. i'll just take a moment to actually pat myself on the back. after a few hours of meetings and such, things began to die down a bit as the brits took off for the weekend. i took the opportunity to delve into my kitchen to work out a few things. one of the reasons why it has been so easy to start work so early the last few days is that i found myself waking up to certain songs playing in my head. songs that are reminders of things that i've been trying to ignore....you know...me saying things like "i really don't have time to spend on you at the moment. please go away" to these pesky things. then of course, these things are, like, "excuse me? we shall not be ignored! arrogant foodie hunter!" so i wake up and lunge for the blackberry, computer, and spicy hot chocolate as a way to stave off these persistent thoughts and feelings.

yet, i realized that i'd have to make some time for them and there is really no better time for me to process stuff than in my kitchen. i really am an emotional cook.

it all started with a chef's knife and a bag of peaches that were on super sale at berkeley bowl.


as i grabbed the bag of peaches i had no idea what i was going to do with them. i decided to just let the ideas come through. so i washed and cut into two of them and realized 4 peaches is a lot of peaches for 1 person in the morning. i decided to make multiple things....a flight of peach dishes for breakfast.


for the peach halves, i coated them in hazelnut oil....

and placed the halves among some of the hazelnut oil and brown sugar...

and sprinkled cayenne pepper on top. then put them aside as i waited for the oven to heat up to 475 degrees.

then i addressed my attention to the other two peaches and decided to make a compote of sort. so i sliced them up and added most of the slices to a pot with cayenne, brown sugar, and a rather large amount of butter...



i reserved a few slices so that i could put them in later in the cooking process for texture.

as the compote simmered and cooked down, the oven had reached the desired temperature so i placed the peach halves in the oven. a little bit later, the peaches in the pot had pretty much turned super soft so i mashed them....


and then added the fresh slices and turned off the heat.


i figured that the heat already in the pot would slightly cook the fresh slices to the consistency i wanted.

so while everything was cooking....now what? what would i have them with? i went back into my fridge and came out with some creme fraiche and greek yogurt. these things are always good with fruit. i also decided to thinly slice some acme upstairs bread as well for toast.

while this was all going on, i had no idea of any of these dishes were going to work out. heck, about 20 minutes beforehand, i had no idea i was going to have a flight of spicy peach dishes for breakfast. i suppose it is a reflection of how i am feeling. many things happening unexpectedly and i am figuring out how to deal with them as they come along. just figuring things out the best that i can and then see what happens. this is a bit of an antithesis of the foodie hunter mentality though. i suppose i'm realizing that there are lots of things i cannot plan or prepare for.

once the peach halves were done,

i turned off the oven and placed the thin slices of acme upstairs bread in the still hot oven so that the remaining heat could toast the bread. then i went about assembling my first course... which was a still hot caramelized spicy peach half....


drizzled with some creme fraiche....


hmmm, not bad....not bad at all. the hot, the sweet, the spicy, the coolness of the creme fraiche. it was a pretty decent dish.


picture-wise, i also had a feeling that this one would end up with some serious food porn pics. i love taking pictures of food that play upon the sensual and sexy aspects of food. yes, i know dear hearts...this is not a shock for those of you that read my blog on a regular basis. i suspect that many of you read my blog purely for the pics.

anyway, the next dish consisted of toasted acme upstairs bread with the buttery spicy peach compote....


and of course, a drizzle of creme fraiche....


now this one, i really liked this one a lot.


the different textures....the crunch of the bread, the jammy spiciness fruit, with a hint of bite of a peach slice....topped with the bit of cool creme fraiche....


yup, i think this was a winner and is definitely going into rotation.

the last dish consisted of greek yogurt


with one of the caramelized peach halves.

the peach had cooled a bit at this point and it was actually quite lovely with the thick greek yogurt. i preferred this over the creme fraiche.

it was a better complement i think.

after i was done making the flight of spicy peach breakfast dishes and noshing on them in my tiny kitchen, i reminded of a few things. how i choose to respond to life is still my choice. there are unexpected actions that will impact me, but i can still decide how i am going to respond to these actions. also, no matter how analytically driven i am....that perhaps it is ok to put more trust in my instincts when dealing with uncertain situations....particularly emotional ones.

2 comments:

Su-Lin said...

What a great idea for breakfast! And I'm impressed you managed to achieve all of it in the morning (I'm just so not a morning person)! The peaches here just aren't that great but I bet they'd improve in a compote.

foodie hunter said...

thanks for the comment Su-Lin! i've been having the compote on toast for breakfast for a couple of days now and it has been super tasty.