Can't get enough of fragrant, delicate white peaches? We are in the midst of stonefruit season where they are abundant and inexpensive and can be bought by the bucket-ful. That means jamming and other ways to make dishes with this seasonal treat. And nothing is more beautiful than a peach and vanilla pie with a pretty patterned crust.
I've never hidden my love for pies although this year I think I've baked more than I ever have. It comes courtesy of having a perfect pie crust. This one is deliciously buttery and heady in vanilla so it holds in the fruit perfectly without getting soggy. This crust is also perfect for creating wonderful patterns that are so popular nowadays.
I bought 2 kilos of white peaches for this pie. Clingstone fruit can be hard to work with as the flesh steadfastly refuses to separate from the pip. But I have found that if the fruit is ripe but still firm and you cut lots of segments then they will separate easily. If the fruit is too soft or mushy it becomes a bit of a mess (although it still is perfectly tasty).
The smell of this pie baking is wonderful. It smells simply of butter and vanilla with a touch of peach. I used to think that making these patterns on top would require a special cutter and you can actually buy these cutters but you can also do it easily with some leaf cutters. There is one trick to the topping though and that is freezing it once it is cut because it is so delicate and lacey. I have a lot of ideas for more pies now there is so much stonefruit - because you know me Dear Reader, when I become obsessed with something, I become very obsessed.
Speaking of my obsessions and quirks, Mr NQN has a lot of meetings at his work. He works for a big fashion company and they are a really modern workplace. For example, meetings are held in the nearby park, often while he is holding Mochi. Teams switch around every few months to keep things interesting and they also give them tips for how to get to know each other. One way is by giving them ice breaker questions.
An example of an ice breaker question is: tell me two truths and one lie. He likes this question because it is often fun and you can learn something interesting about the person that you are talking to. I asked him for some examples. He had to think about it because I know so much about him and eventually gave me this one: "I have skinny dipped in a river, lake and a ocean. Which one is false?"
I thought about it for a second before I blurted out "Ocean!" and explained my guess. "It's because you spent your whole childhood practically naked except when you were at school (hippies y'all) and you always lived near a river or lake."
He then challenged me to come up with two truths and one lie. And here are mine Dear Reader:
I thought the "Flying fruit fly circus" involved actual fruit flies.
I have seen a dead body in real life.
My number one fear is being alone.
My fourth would probably be, "I can't stop baking pies." But maybe it's just that I can stop eating them, I'm not entirely sure...
So tell me Dear Reader, which do you think is the lie? What is your favourite ice breaker question? And do you love pie?