Last night I came home from work and that Arabella announced the boyfriend (the one I can’t tell you about) was coming for dinner. ‘Is that so’, I said.
‘Yes. And can you be nice because he’s very nervous’.
‘He should be’.
‘Mum, stop it; you should be pleased I want to bring him over’.
‘He knows you don’t like him’.
‘When have I ever said I don’t like him’.
‘He knows you don’t like his tattoos’.
‘You are more than aware he has quite a few too many. What was he thinking! Has he had a quote on what it would cost to get them removed?’
‘Mum; as if he could afford that’.
‘Well a few less would be nice’.
‘What are you cooking?’
Arabella screwed up her face and groaned. ‘I hate lamb.’
‘No you don’t. It’s getting late so I’m cooking a roast because I can throw everything in the oven and walk away.’
‘Can’t you do something nice, like chicken?’
‘Really? If we have chicken I’ll have to cook two and I have to stuff them so that will take a while so we’d end up eating really late’.
‘He can’t come until eight anyway. I’ll help you. What sort of stuffing?’
‘I don’t know; onion, bacon, pine nuts, uhm dried apricots and a few herbs from the garden’.
‘I hate pine nuts…’
‘No you don’t.’
‘…but the rest sounds good. Are you making a dessert?’
‘When will I have time to make a dessert now I’ve got to stuff two chickens?’
‘Well mum I sort of talked you up a bit. I told him you’re a really good cook so he’s going to be expecting something good. Something special. Isn’t there a quick dessert you could make? Something that doesn’t take very long?
So now my cooking skills are going to be scrutinised by the tattooed boyfriend. ‘Go and set the table and I’ll think of something.
I had some peaches in the fruit bowl, some chocolate in the pantry and some fruit mince left over from my Christmas baking and not a lot of time. I made this and the chickens for the tattooed boyfriend and judging from the lack of leftovers I think I managed to live up to the rave review Arabella had shared with Mr Tattoo.
This is a great way to use up stone fruit that’s ripening too quickly and we all have bits of leftover chocolate lying around and then there’s the Christmas fruit mince that needs using up. This dessert doesn’t take long to do and can be in the oven within a few minutes. I put them in the oven just before we sat down to the roasted chickens and 20 minutes later they were done.
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: Best made when peaches are in season and then this will be a very inexpensive dessert.
- 6 ripe peaches (I used white and yellow as the stones come out fairly easily)
- small quantity of fruit mince
- small quantity of cooking chocolate
- small quantity of butter
Preheat oven to 200C (400F)
Use an apple corer to remove stones from the peaches. When the corer hits the stone, keep pushing until the stone pops out the other end.
Line a baking tray with baking paper and place peaches on the tray. Stuff the peaches with the fruit mince (it’s easiest to use your fingers) then place a small chunk of chocolate on top. Put a dot of butter on top of the peaches and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
Serve with cream or ice cream.