I recently bought a bunch of peaches which were on sale at my local grocery store. Well. No wonder they were on sale. They were under-ripe: sour and hard and horrible!
So. What to do?
There were roughly three options:
Whine and bitch about it while forcing myself to eat it
Throw it away, and feel immensely guilty about the starving kids in Ethiopia
Call up the store manager and demand a refund
I’m sure most of you have been in the same situation as me before, and I’ll bet the majority would be doing #1 or #2 (If you ever did #3 and succeeded, please let me know).
But there is yet another option…You can keep the peach, and make the most of it by taking advantage of its disadvantages…and thus actually being able to enjoy it fully.
You know, life is the same way. It ain’t all peachy like a fairytale, and all of us have something we grumble and moan about. It could be our appearances, or our family background, or our whatever irritating circumstances that hits us in the face from time to time.
People who succeed in life didn’t get to the point they are now because they had a wonderful life. No, they probably have had more obstacles and hardships than the average person; in fact, it’s their ability to manipulate whatever shortcomings they have to their advantage that they were able to get to the point they are now.
Here comes Preacher again: It really doesn’t matter what circumstances and situations we are in. The truth is, whatever you are dealing with right now is there for a reason. I truly believe that God has His most perfect plan for everything. Whatever you are facing right now, God has a reason and purpose for it; therefore, it is the most perfect thing for you right now. As long as we accept what we have right now with this perspective in mind, God will give you the wisdom and the strength to not only endure it, but to prosper through it.
So, I reject all three of the above options, and decided to go with the option #4. I took my sour and under-ripe peach, and transformed it into a stunning dish.
Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese Pasta
1 firm yellow peach, sliced into wedges
3 oz dried pasta (your favorite)
2 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 small onion, chopped
1/2 small zucchini, sliced
1/4 small green bell pepper, sliced
3-4 shitake mushrooms, sliced
balsamic vinegar (about 1 tablespoon?)
dijon mustard (about 1 teaspoons?)
chicken broth (about 2-3 tablespoons?)
squeeze of lime juice
salt and pepper
blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/3 cup)
Heat up your grill (my dear Mr. GF!) and grill your peaches.
Bring some salted water to a boil in a pot and cook the pasta for about 8 minutes until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, fry up the bacon and onion together in a pan. Toss in the other vegetables with the balsamic vinegar, mustard, chicken broth, and lime juice. Play around with the flavorings to taste, then season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are lightly cooked.
Toss the bacon-vegetable mixture with the pasta with blue cheese. Sprinkle with more blue cheese, and arrange the grilled peaches around.
Now, ain’t I glad I took home a bad peach! This dish was freaking impressive!
Ah, under-ripe peach is sour, but when grilled, the sweet juices are forced out, and it doesn’t get soft like a ripe peach. It’s still slightly sour, but it works marvelously in a savory dish!
Blue cheese, of course, works amazingly well with grilled peaches! I must make this combo again sometime!
Bacon is so delicious with peaches, too!
Love all the fresh vegetables in there. I hate soft vegetables, so I made sure they retained their slight crunch!
Don’t you love the pasta I used? It was from Ikea for just about $2.60:
ILove the cute moose shapes! It
’s whole-grain, too!
Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday…The weather here is perfect right now! Unfortunately, I can’t really enjoy it right now because I’ve got an interview lined up for my Daily Trojan article. Wish me luck! I hope I’ll be able to understand my interviewee this time! 😉
Question of the day: When life hands you a bad peach…What do you do? Options #1, 2, 3, or 4? Any other advice for myself and my dear readers?tt