Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Quick Links: National Peach Melba Day

My intention is to delve into the many dishes inspired by Dame Nellie Melba on her birthday in May. However, I would be remiss if I didn't offer up a selection of Peach Melba recipes to celebrate National Peach Melba Day!!! Oh, I know what you're thinking, Peach Melba Day in the middle of January? I questioned it myself so I took a quick hop over to the Food Reference website and lo and behold, indeed, not only is today Peach Melba Day, it is also the day Chef Pierre Franey was born.

Quick Links: Peach Melba

Peach Melba is a classic French dessert created by Escoffier for Dame Nellie Melba, an Australian opera singer. It combines poached peaches with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream.

image from Cookbook of the Stars (1941)

I took a quick look around and found some really delicious versions of Peach Melba nestled around the blogosphere. With their permission, which I am very grateful for, I offer the following delectable delights.

Peach Melba Cupcakes @ Kathy's A Good Appetite

Peach Melba Dessert Muffins @ the Equal Opportunity Kitchen

Grilled Peach Melba in Raspberry and Chocolate Sauce @ Dhanggit's Kitchen

Grilled Peach Melba w/Mascarpone @ Joelen's What's Cooking in Chicago 

Peach  Melba & Vanilla Cardamom Ice Cream @ the Fun & Food Blog

If you have a Peach Melba recipe hidden in your archives, leave the link below in the comment section or send it on over to me and I'll add it. You can never have enough versions of Peach Melba you know...

1. National Peach Melba Day @ Food Reference
2. Reductions a la Pierre Franey (previous post)


  1. Thanks for including us in Peach Melba everything :)

  2. Thanks for educating me. I've never had peach melba, and while I don't think I ever will, at least now I know what it is!

  3. You are right who would have thought it was National Peach Melba day in the middle of January. I don't even think I can buy peaches in the store. But the Desert sounds awesome :)

    Hey and don't worry about your blog. Its lean and mean. No trimming of the fat is necessary :)

    You made me think again. I need to do something with leftovers. I'll have to think on that :)

  4. Yup - that Peach Melba cupcake is calling my name!

  5. I had no idea how much Melba has gotten around! The cupcakes are brilliant!

  6. Mmmmhhh, so yummy! Nice links!



  7. Peach Melba is just so fun to say! That cupcake looks might delicious! Thanks Louise.

  8. Wow - that looks fabulous, although I am not the biggest fan of peaches.
    By the way- your header is really neat. I love it- did you make it yourself? Although I am a Taurus and I don't like pancakes much.

  9. Hey Louise!
    From one cook to another. Well you are a much better cook than I :). My question is where do you get your pictures? As you noticed on blog mine are quite small. Well except for one on the passionate blog bread :) Yours are so clear and edible.

    So do you take these pictures yourself?

  10. What a great round-up of peach melba delights! I wish I could take a sample bite of each one!

  11. Thank you giz. Your muffins are quite a hit. BTW, Did you you know January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day? I just noticed your avatar...Thank you so much for sharing...

    Oh please don't say you don't think you will ever have Peach Melba, Channon. It is one of those delights everyone should try at least once. And you, you have such a beautiful peach season down there, perhaps in the summer you will remember this post and give it a try.

    Beats the heck out of me Jim but who am I to question? Thanks for the encouraging words but I do think I still need to get a bit more blog organized. You take those leftovers and run with them. I'm sure you will come up with lots to share. As for the pictures Jim, the mouth watering images on this post were taken by the sweet bloggers who let me borrow their images for the peach melba round-up. The first one was scanned from a cookbook. I do take pictures sometimes but I am oh so bad at making them actually look appetizing. I'm working on it though. My daughter-in-law made me a deal. If I feed them once a month, she'll take some pictures like a pro fro my blog. They're coming over for dinner on Saturday:)

    Welcome Darius, enjoy your Peach Melba Cupcake. Pop in anytime!!!

    You know, T.W. I didn't either. As a matter of fact, I had a whole other post ready for today and when I happened upon these great recipes, I felt quick links were the best way to go. If you have any peach melba dishes in your archives, send it over to add. Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by. I really do appreciate it, T.W.

    Thanks Rosa It was another FUN post.

    Now that you mention it Kasha, I just said it out loud and it is fun to say. Thanks for the peachy icing...

    Hi Michelle and welcome. Lots of people don't care for peaches, Michelle, why not try a poached pear? I too absolutely adore my header. I can say that because, Cakespy (Jesse) designed it for my blog. She is oh so talented AND, she has a fabulously "sweet" blog.

  12. I am not good at taking pictures or scanning things. Last night I was trying to put the grilled chicken on the scanner and it just kept sliding around. Now my scanner is all messed up. I did find someone who does take some great pictures. James Ronald Lee took the picture of the loaf of bread he had just baked for the Passionate Wordpress Blog post.

    I was just curious because your pictures are very delicious and mine could use a little spicing up.

    Where is that marinade that I made its somewhere....I'll be right back

  13. Enough is enough Louise. You have to stop doing these sorts of posts because they're not helping my diet any.

    Lucky for you I don't put on calories just from reading and ogling the images :D

  14. I've never even heard of peach melba until this post. You always teach me something new!

  15. Hi Louise!
    Just a question cause you are full of edible knowledge....Did you say before that January was stew month? I am thinking of a stew and I just wanted to make sure I was doing it at the right time :)

  16. I am not really a Peach Melba person, I would say. Seems too much cream for me :O
    Peach? Yes!

  17. These recipes with peach melba all look very delcious, Louise!

    MMMMM,...but it is difficult what to choose to make fisrt!!!!

  18. I don't know about you Jim it sure seems like you are catching the cooking bug!!! However, sliding chickens across the scanner is definitely a no no. Perhaps, you can "cook up" something for James, and he will take more "edible" pictures for you:)

    Oh Sire, there aren't tooooooo many calories in Peach Melba. Enjoy:)

    YOU would LOVE Peach Melba, Sophia. I'd wait until peaches are in season though. Peach Melba is a wonderful summertime indulgence.

    Fresh, juicy, "naked" peaches are surely the best tigerfish. Thanks for stopping by...

    They all look so good Sophie it sure is a conundrum as to which to choose. Thank you so much for dropping by. Your Risotto looks fabulous!!!

  19. Such delicious peach melba creations here! Yum!

  20. Have loved peach melba since my first one when I was a child. My parents always laughed because I would eat the raspberry sauce and ice cream and leave part of the peach. So it looks as though I might prefer the cardamom ice cream peach melba to the others!

    Loved your comments on banana pudding. The only funny similar story I have is 3 of us ate an entire pecan pie (with our hands) in the middle of the night in a Savannah hotel. Best pie I have ever had.
    Several commentors mentioned their parents having made a banana cream pie using nilla wafers as the crust. Oddly enough, while I love the pudding, I never cared much for the pie. With cream pies, I prefer coconut cream pie. Odd, I know.

  21. It was also my dearly beloved's birthday! Pierre Franey wrote 2 of my favorite cookbooks! I may get to trying Peach Melba one of these days, but there aren't many peach fans here in my corner of the world.

  22. Peach Melba day.. and I missed it. Glad you posted one recipe with chocolate sauce... I knew there was a way to get chocolate involved.

  23. Peach Melba with CARDAMOM ice cream? Oh, man, pinch me! I must be dreaming. That sounds like just about all my favorite things in one place.

    Oh, no. Wait. There's no chocolate in there. Can we add some chocolate sprinkles???

    Louise, I'm looking for the post about the chicken stock, and I can't find it. HELP!

  24. I always learn something new when I visit your blog !
    You are a living encyclopedia !

  25. The M&C battle will probably going on for years. I loved the box version. I'm just miffed to be beaten by a box.


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