I am the local supermarket’s favorite kind of customer, because I spend a lot of money on things I don’t need, like three different kinds of jam when I don’t even make toast, and organic face wash because it’s organic and smells nice, and several pounds of fruit because I’m usually hungry when I enter the market, and it all looks good. I thoroughly enjoy the fruit on my walk home and for dinner, but most of it goes to waste. I am one person, usually cooking for myself. I can barely finish one peach, let alone four.
So I gave myself a reasonable goal, to find multiple purposes for one fruit so as not to waste. If I could figure out how to do it, isn’t it logical to assume my resourcefulness and creativity could be applied to the larger stage that is my life?
Note: I don’t cook nearly as often as I eat out.
For dinner, I tossed arugula with walnuts, avocado, sweet corn that I shaved off the husk and into my salad, and peaches all together with some olive oil and balsamic. It was simple, fresh, delicious.
Dessert was the showstopper. Growing up I loved when my stepfather would make bananas flambé, sauteing them with butter and brown sugar, then adding a healthy dose of rum to fire it up, literally. This time I did it with peaches, letting them soften up in the sugar/butter mixture, then pouring a bit of rum over it (I had some Havana Club dark rum so I used it, but any dark rum is good, even if it isn’t Cuban). Even though I’m arguably a grown-up, I still get a rush watching the alcohol flame up over the pan. After a couple of minutes I spooned my peaches flambe over coconut sorbet. I loved the coconut/peach combo, but generally it’s waaaaay better to use ice cream instead of sorbet (someone wasn’t paying attention in the ice cream aisle).