Better Late than Never French Fridays with Dorie – Peach Melba

Obviously this is a few days late. I just could not get my shit together to get this done by last Friday. Last week was kind of crazy. Work, emotion, finances, etc all conspired against me. I was dead-set on making Dorie’s vanilla ice cream to go with it and I finally got that accomplished on Sunday but I didn’t manage to pull the rest together until tonight. Oh well.

Let’s start with the Dorie ice cream – oh, so good. Crazy flavors are all well and good (Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack!), but sometimes simple is the very best and it doesn’t get much simpler than vanilla ice cream. This one is French-style (with egg yolks) which is different than what I’ve been making all summer from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. She does strictly Philly-style which has no egg yolks and instead uses cream cheese as a stabilizer. I think the taste level between the two is pretty equal but I’ll probably revert back to Jeni’s style just because it doesn’t leave me with 6 egg whites to either use up or throw away.

Tonight Tristan is working super-late so I’m free to watch what I please and I chose to pop in Fellowship of the Ring. Since I’ve seen this plenty of times it didn’t bother me that I had to get up to put this together after the peaches & syrup had cooled, the raspberry sauce had been szushed, and the vanilla ice cream had softened up a bit. I sat down on the couch with my fancy melba just as Gandalf was escaping Saruman’s clutches with the aid of a nice moth and gigantic eagle. I am both a regular ol’ nerd and a food geek. Surprised?

I don’t know that I’ll ever have the gumption to put this together again, but man am I glad I did at least this once. It was delicious and fresh and just went down so easy. Loved it! Could have something to do with the several little juice glasses of wine I’ve had, but I choose to believe in the deliciousness of the Peach Melba. Long live the Melba!

Lest you think I’ve been a total lazy-ass this week, I did make a few things I’m pretty proud of:

Vampire bite cupcakes! I went to a friend’s house last night to watch the season 5 finale of True Blood and I whipped these up real quick-like after work to take with. I wish I could claim credit for the idea, but I just googled True Blood cupcakes and scrolled through the images until I found something doable. These were perfect!

Stromboli anyone?? I made this for dinner and it was amazing! I found it on Lauren’s Latest and I gotta say, it was a winner. I will definitely make this again! I’m sitting this week of FFWD out because I just cannot do cucumbers. Maybe I’ll make a recipe from before I was in the group. Anyone have any favorites from pre-January 2012 they’d like to recommend?