I’ve been remiss in writing I know. I chalk it up to summer and fun times with my family. And although I know it’s August, we’ve finally just finished celebrating our July birthdays. Having three July birthdays in the family means it’s never ending. We celebrate together as a family, then with friends and then usually with trips and visit from grandparents and extended family. We are lucky. But it makes me lazy too.
People celebrating me means talking me out for dinners (more on that later) and hosting my family, where I don’t have to bring a thing (yes, I still bring wine or flowers). For my actual birth day my husband made a lovely dinner of grilled salmon, asparagus, salad, couscous and bread. No birthday cake here. He was a grill master from start to finish and the dessert culmination has become his signature dish…(wait for it…) grilled peaches! Yep. These are yummy. He’s played a bit with the recipe, like any great home chef. At first he got a little too tricky with marinating the peaches in brown sugar, and soy sauce. He thought the salty soy would balance the sugar. The soy was a bit too smokey and overwhelming. He’s discovered after making them a few more times, that the trick is just to go sweet. Here are some instructions rather than recipe as there’s no measuring done, or really required.
First he cuts each peach in half, and removes stone. Then he drizzles maple sugar, and sprinkles brown sugar and cinnamon on the halved peaches to marinate for about an hour (long enough to eat your grilled dinner). Next he puts the peach halves on a hot grill (high temp) for about 2 minutes each side, until the juice and sugar carmelizes a bit and the peach becomes softer (but watch it, not too soft). Finally he puts each hot peach half over a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. Voila! A yummy, healthy and seasonal summer dessert. Candles optional.