Pig’s Cheek, Cabbage & Bacon, Roast Potatoes & Grilled Peaches.

Wednesday 28th September 2011

For as long as I can remember Dad has had a peach tree in the back garden. There is a photo from 1979, before they got the French windows put in, of my brother, JD, standing next to the barrel in which it resided, posing, wearing a Ronald McDonald paper hat & his arm in a sling. He was 4.

The tree at that point was a twig. A brown gnarled up twig sticking out of half a wooden beer keg. It stayed that way for another 15 years. Each year it would flower but bear no fruit.

My Dad is the most patient man in the world & so was content to sit it out. He would happily water it & dream of the day when the branches would sag from his rightful bounty.

At some point during the mid-nineties it gave life to a grape-sized object. After a week of nurturing it Dad realised it wasn’t going to get any bigger & so he plucked it from the tree & ate it. It was sour & unripe but more than anything, he learnt a valuable lesson, that the tree could produce something. No matter how small it was, it was something.

Another 5 barren years passed & Dad decided that a change of pot & position was in order as a last ditched attempt to kick start mother nature’s mothering instinct.

It was a success. It yielded a couple of plum-sized fruit this time. Again they were unripe but another life lesson was learnt. The tree that he had been caring for all these years was, in fact, a nectarine tree.

At least it was the same family.

The grilled peach is another brilliant idea from my mentor Edible Tapestry. πŸ˜‰

They were delicious. Warm & caramelised. Sweet & sharp. It was a fabulous change to apple sauce. I pan fried them in a little (soya) butter, to soften & colour both sides & then stuck them in the oven for about 10 minutes. I would totally recommend trying them. πŸ™‚

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5 Responses to Pig’s Cheek, Cabbage & Bacon, Roast Potatoes & Grilled Peaches.

  1. roger edwards says:

    i reckon i’ve got a few more years lft to keep trying for my peach tree. cabbage and bacon looks tasty with the pigs cheek and roasties

  2. Mistral Zagni says:

    Ahh what a lovely story.Yes I agree the peaches were wonderful. Another great new repitoire!

  3. “Brilliant”? “Mentor”? Blushing. This boring old homeschool mom doesn’t know what to do with comments like that. πŸ˜‰
    The peaches look amazing. I wasn’t happy with the way mine looked. I think maybe they were too soft to begin with.

  4. Stef says:

    Your dad sounds like an amazing man.

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