Sometimes I like to go to the farmers market without a plan. No shopping list; I just buy what looks particularly fantastic and just run with it when I get home and try and come up with something. Problem is, because I have (inherited from my mother no doubt) a phobia of wasting food, I don't do this enough as I like to have every meal meticulously planned and itemised on a shopping list before I go shopping so there is no waste. To try and snap out of this I'm going to set myself a resolution when I move back to London to go to Borough Market at least one Sunday a month with no shopping list, and see what I come up with. I know it will make me a much better cook with a much greater love for seasonal ingredients.
A recent success I have had for a recipe that I came up with from what I had on hand that starred the local peaches I have been picking up without rhyme or reason from my local farmers market here in Los Angeles is this one for warm baked peaches cooked with honey and fresh basil; I've been enjoying it as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream a couple of nights a week. The recipe, as ever is adapted from the BBC Good Food website; it is a great resource for trying to cook with seasonal ingredients; just type what you've got into the search box and see what comes up. They also have a great section on their site for what is seasonal when.
- 2 Ripe Peaches (I've used yellow, but this is equally as delicious with white)
- 4 Large Basil Leaves
- 1 tbsp Honey
- Juice of 1/2 Orange
- 15g Unsalted Butter
- Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve
Cut the peaches into thick slices. Shred the basil. Melt the butter in a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add the peaches and cook for a few minutes until the pan face of the peach slices are browned slightly. Flip the peach slices and repeat. Add the juice and the honey and turn up the heat a little until the mixture is bubbling and has formed a slight syrup. Stir in the shredded basil and serve with a scoop of ice cream. Enjoy!
This recipe serves one, so just duplicate the values in the recipe depending on how many people you are planning it serve! Let me know how they turn out for you.