Inspiration from My Father

Posted August 17th, 2017 by Ellen and filed in Uncategorized

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Today as I froze peaches, my mind wandered to days on the farm. We four girls were lucky to have parents who could, in our minds, do ANYTHING. Mother and Daddy worked side-by-side, hand in hand all the years of their marriage. Mother could do almost everything Daddy did, but she was not nearly as strong. No one was. And Daddy in turn loved tinkering, could fix anything, could sew and weave, did amazing leather work and loved being in the kitchen where he would come up with his own recipes, especially at canning time.  His jams, jellies and pickles were renowned, as were his fudge and divinity.

As I looked at the mound of peach peelings this afternoon I thought, “I’ll bet Daddy would have made something with those.” Instead of going into our compost pile, the scraps were tossed into a pan along with apple juice, an inch of vanilla bean, nutmeg and cinnamon. After the mixture came to a boil, I let it simmer for 30 minutes. The pits and vanilla bean were removed before the peelings were put bit by bit into the blender. I then let the peaches simmer on low for another 15 minutes.

We think this concoction is delicious.  It’s not as thick as I’d like, but the flavor is wonderful.  We’re going to try it on vanilla ice cream, but think it would make a nice spread for pancakes or biscuits.

Here’s to you, Daddy.  Thanks for teaching me to break the rules!

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