Once upon a thyme, four rosy-cheeked, precocious little peaches were irksome and displeasing. They looked sad from their repressed sobbing and abandonment and like so many of us with wrinkly skin, beneath their sad facade they were still sweet, young and tender of heart. Seemingly past their best, they booked into a health spa.
Their lack lustre and crinkly skins removed after a brief but lovely hot water bath. Once peeled they shone a glorious golden-yellow. They were offered a variety of options but chose the invigorating floral, boozy, sweet honey bath from the menu.
Duly the kindly staff took half a cup of sugar and the same of water and popped it into a heat proof vessel to simmer, whereupon a quarter of a cup of fragrant local honey was added together with a sprig of lemon thyme, rose petals and a lavender sprig (fresh from the garden and that hadn’t been visited by poorly brought up tourist animals) then joined by strips of peel from a fresh lime and all its jolly juice, a decent dash of rose-water and little orange blossom water. The infusion became quietly hypnotic.
The peaches chose to be in halves so as to soak and luxe in their bath once it was simmering, they all jumped in together after a few minutes the same kindly staff lifted the cosy little lid from their bubbly steam bath and added some heady peach liqueur, it was their chosen optional extra. The little peaches were now so, so happy and utterly fulfilled, particularly once transferred to a dish to cool and generally lush out naturally in their perfectly peachy pose and kaleidoscope of flavours.
Others were went for ‘the ice spa treatment’ and were, by their own choosing, slathered in shiggly chilly fresh custard and then whizzed to the, finely chopped rather than a puree stage. Add a minuscule flay of salt and some of the exceptionally gorgeous syrup which, as we know, had so many wonderous layers of flavour.
I love how this was a story. It was brilliantly told, and the pictures are beautiful!
This looks seriously delicious and amazing! Inspired to go out and get myself some peaches 🙂
That’s so cute 🙂
And they look utterly scrumptious!
I can’t wait for summer to make this. Love all the elements.
Wow! Feel free to mail me some samples 😉 🙂
These remind me of an amazing pastry from my absolute favorite (and this old school New York) bakery – The Hungarian Pastry Shop. Divine!
I love this peach parade you took us on in this post! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much! 🙂
Oh my goodness gracious! Yum!
You have really done those peaches proud, and all us readers a big favour.
Beautiful! Thank you so much!
Gosh that looks phenomenal!
Looks and sounds amazing.
Fab – I love this post! It’s so clever how you’ve told a story. The recipes sound absolutely scrumptious, the pictures are STUNNING and I’m just so pleased the sad little peaches found happiness (and I’m guessing gave quite a lot of happiness too!) ;0)
ps – I’ve shared on my FB page. It was just too lovely not to pass on!
An entertaining read, and the photos wonderful as ever!
It’s not your fault I’m trying to get down to 10% body fat and I can’t eat this…maybe just a little wouldn’t hurt…mmmmm…Did you ever eat Peach Melba? See what you did, my head is spinning…
This gets the prize for most clever presentation.
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A wonderful fairy tale for a rainy August morning. I’m passing it on.
So luscious!! Loving peaches right now and this looks like the perfect way to use them!!
I’m in love with your work. Always beautiful.
That looks soooooo good!
Beautiful pics! Certainly made my mouth water!
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Oh how kind and thoughtful of you! Thank you xxxxx
Looks yummy! JB
Hmmmm. Looks like I might like to have a bowl–or two!
This is incredibly beautiful. I can just about taste it. Nicely done!
I love this chick! I am thinking of using her recipe to compete with my sister Sophia’s peach cobbler.
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I love this chick! I am thinking about using her recipe to give my Sister Sophia’s a run for the money.
That ice cream sounds amazing. Peach ice cream is on my list of frozen desserts to make this summer. It looks so beautiful too.
Everything on your blog is beautiful!!
This is beautiful! I was looking for some rose inspiration. I can’t wait to try this!
I love this story! beautiful photos!
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ahh this looks amazing. i LOVE your writing style and all of your pix!! can’t wait to peruse this blog!!! and try out some recipes 🙂
Fantastic!!! So beautiful
My mouth was watering while reading this!
So clever and creative is your flair for writing!!
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What a clever creative amazing blog. You’ll be surprised!
Wonderfully presented. I can almost smell the dish as you are presenting the steps. Great Photos!!
Just gorgeous…all of it!
My mouth was watering as I remembered the brandied peaches mum used to make. As she didn’t drink she laced the liquid with loads of brandy, they were delicious.
This looks and sounds AMAZING!
Thanks for the like:)
Peaches are my all-time favorite fruit! My dad owned a peach and cherry orchard; this time of year was my favorite! 🙂
This looks so delicious! Have fall fruits visited the spa like peaches?
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Oh me oh my doesn’t this look divine!!!!!!
These look amazing!
What a luscious post! That was a really fun read and the pastries look divine.
I love peaches 🙂 These recipes look amazing and I’ll definitely be trying them! I make peach crumble and add a dash of elderflower cordial to the peaches before topping with a golden sweet oat topping.
I wish I had come across this page during peach season. 🙂
Such lovely photos. Very inviting! Peaches were not very good this year. I was disappointed! They just never got juicy and instead turned brown inside or were too hard. Maybe next year will be better and I will be able to try your recipe!