Saturday, August 14, 2010

Peachy Keen and Blueberry Pie in the Sky

That's how life should be. But, it's more complicated than that. I am realizing this as my job/housing search intensifies, as I face an impending trip back home if I fail, and how much I really want to be independent, actually WORK, and have some stability in life.

Well, I guess that is why I turn to food. I always know that I can't fail with fresh peaches, tomatoes from a backyard garden, or a good helping of chocolate. so, between engaging in present work and fretting over the uncertain future, I've been meandering around farmers markets and putting the kitchen to good use. A friend from college and I even took this morning to hit up a local you-pick blueberry farm (I only regret not capitalizing on the yoga, as well).

The fresh peaches also continue to remind me that it is summer, though waning quickly. This brings me to one of the purposes of this post, the Mac Attack Challenge. This month's theme was to choose a favorite summer-time film to create your macaron around. Oh dear, there is only one movie that can hold that place in my heart: Gone with the Wind. Yes, I am a hopeless romantic with idealistic notions of historic periods and a peculiar fascination with the Civil War.
Well now, how does one put a GWTW spin on a French delicacy? Here is my line of thinking: Gone with the Wind takes place in Georgia, from Tara to Atlanta. Georgia is known for its peaches. Peaches are in season and make excellent preserves. Preserves go well in sandwiches, even if two cookies play the role of bread. Aha! What about a delightful Vanilla Peach Macaron (AKA "Tomorrow is Another Day Macarons") ?

Cast:
Overly-ripe, partly smashed peaches (from Pennsylvania, not Georgia) - Central Role
Almond Meringues - Supporting Actors
Cameos: Chocolate Macarons with Cinnamon-spiked Chocolate Ganache - Essential Pick-Me-Up for a discouraged house-hunter
Stay Tuned for produce of the week: making the most of a garden that's not mine. Also exciting, trying to decide what to enter in the DC "State" Fair's Pie Contest (cupcakes aren't really my thing)!

8 comments:

jkim5154 said...

mmm that sounds delicious!

Jamie said...

LOL you are too funny but I can so see these being Gone With the Wind! And I like the back-up macs too! Ah I know about baking to ease the tension and stress of every day life and these macs sure hit the spot. Don't forget "tomorrow is another day".

Bonnie said...

What pretty macarons. Your chocolate ones have such lovely feet. Two macs for one challenge! I wish I had smoe of those peach preserves.

Lora said...

These look great. I love your choice of Gone with the Wind. Yum on the peach flavor.

Cynthia said...

Yum! Good work! And good luck with the job hunting.

Fahrenheit 350° said...

Have you read the book Celia Garth? It's my GWTW - my favorite book of all time!

Deeba PAB said...

Love them Rachel, peach being my fave fruit of all time! GWTW is my fave movie of all time too, Rhett Butler & Scarlett O'hara ...sigh! You won my heart with the macs, feet & cast! Yes indeed, 'tomorrow is another day'....

Cristie said...

Oh, Gone With The Wind is one of my favorite books and of course love the movie! Your mac's are beautiful and the combination sounds so interesting. Job hunting can be so stressful- good luck :)