January 13, 2012

National Peach Melba Day

"Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it." - Thomas Walker

It's National Peach Melba Day!

I can honestly say I've never had peach melba before.

Look, I'm a girl who lives in a region of the states that's all about blueberries and potatoes, not peaches and pecans. If I had been some lovely southern belle (I bet I would have made an excellent one), maybe peach melba would've been on my dessert plate instead of blueberry cobbler.

But, alas, geographical culture won out and I was deprived of this colorful dessert. That, however, changes tonight.

Peach melba was invented for the opera singer Dame Nellie Melba by French chef Georges Auguste Escoffier. It's a dessert of peaches in a sugary syrup, topped with a sugary raspberry drizzle, and finished with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream (so, basically, something sweet, topped with something sweet, and finished off with some more sweet stuff? I think I got a handle on what this day is all about...)

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Peach Melba Day!