This morning in the LA Times was a guest editorial by a young Chinese woman who wrote about her cousin coming to visit. It was a sweet treat about family, Los Angeles, conflicting cultures and friendship. As with many a relationship, the journey started over food. The salient line taken away from the article was “Food is only as good as the people you share it with.” There couldn’t be a statement more true or dear to my heart.
If you have been paying attention, we have a large family. This summer they are spread out all over the place and come and go as they please. Our traditional full table for dinner has been replaced by the occasional threesome or twosome involving one or the other of the remaining teenagers. We make the most of it but we have dropped some of our habits for now. We come and go a little more freely from our outdoor table and dinner is often more foraged than prepared.
The summer routine is a reminder that nothing ever stays the same. Our bustling family of yelling and negotiating, game playing and napping teenagers are soon to be gone, replaced by my wife and I on our own. You may think that this is a lament. You clearly have never met my wife. Every meal that I have ever had with my wife has been the most delicious that I have ever tasted. Every bite reminds me of how fortunate that I am.
In the fall, we will have a few coming and going again and the more traditional dinners will resume. Homework and more yelling and negotiating will also resume. There will be squeals of joy and frustration and many surprises. Every stage has something new and different to offer. We look forward to whatever happens next. But just around that corner is a table for two and I, for one, can’t wait.
- 2 Large or 6 Small, Ripe Peaches (about 1 cup)
- 2 Ounces Light Rum
- 2 Ounces Aged (dark) Rum
- 1 Lime
- 2 Cups Ice
- Paring Knife
- Hand Juicer
- Peel the peaches, remove the pit and cut into small chunks. If you want, you can drop the peaches into boiling water for about a minute then submerge them into an ice bath. This will allow you to easily peel them. I just use a paring knife. The peeled and chopped peach should be about 1 cup.
- Combine the peaches and rum in a blender. You can use all light rum if you like but I find that the dark rum gives the drink some depth.
- Squeeze the juice of one lime into the blender.
- Add a few cubes at a time and blend. Repeat until all of the ice is gone and you have a nice, frothy drink.