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)