I discovered peaches at the grocery store and it was the absolute highlight of my week. That’s all it takes to get me fired up these days, it’s about the small pleasures in life people.
We are getting our first taste of summer, both on the plate and with our latest dramatic shift in temperature – from snow in mid-May to balmy mid-twenties temperatures this week.
If I were a flat-Earther, I’d probably have thought that the government was controlling the weather to keep us housebound. It doesn’t exactly make me giddy to get out and have a picnic when it’s sleeting outside. Luckily, I don’t wear a tinfoil hat and know it’s just Canada.
I insisted my parents return from their winter home in Florida on March 15th and while they’re certainly glad to be back home, they have been a little raw about the slow start to spring.
With the Victoria Day long weekend now in the rearview, and warmer weather in store, it finally feels like we might be at the beginning of summer. As the physical distancing restrictions are now being relaxed in Ontario, bit by bit, I’m optimistic we’ll still be able to enjoy some of the things that make summers in Canada so great.
Over the weekend, I had a picnic in a park with my friend Erin – now that parks have been reopened. I’m hoping soon we’ll be able to access beaches and drink on patios.
This Peach Bourbon Biscuit Cobbler is summer incarnate. Fresh peaches, macerated in bourbon and Angostura bitters, and a flaky biscuit topping, what’s not to love?
This dessert is a bit of a labour of love, in terms of making the biscuits, but you’ll be handsomely rewarded for your efforts and anyone you serve this to will be elated by your commitment to pastry.
One of the things I’m really hoping happens this year is that my condo building will open the pool. Last year, due to a variety of mishaps and incompetence, the pool wasn’t open until the last week of September. In short, attempts to replace the waterproofing membrane on the pool went horribly awry and it took a dog’s age to get it done right.
As that was my first summer in the building, I’ll be crestfallen if I don’t get to make use of the pool for the second summer in a row. That being said, I’m not exactly in fighting form since I went from working out 8 times a week to working out 4 times in 9 weeks – so a little buffer room to squeeze back into my swimwear wouldn’t be the worst thing.
And maybe I should find some other folks to share this decadent cobbler with…or not.
A perfect end of Summer dessert: seasonal peaches, bourbon and biscuits.
Biscuit recipe from: Saffitz, Claire. “Cherry Biscuit Cobbler.” Bon Appetit. June 2019.