Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Peach Crisp and Murder

My recipe for Peach Crisp is adapted from the Apple Crisp recipe my mom makes. I had originally intended to wait and use apples, but I bought some peaches on sale at the organic market and they had gotten to the point where they had gotten super soft but weren't actually ripe.  I hate that--so I made them into a crisp and I'm so happy I did because this was soooo yummy. The simple flavoring of nutmeg works beautifully with the peaches and this comes together so quickly and easily, I'll probably find myself making it again and again!

Peach Crisp 2

Peach Crisp


Mug of tea and my interlibrary loan books:
The Strange Woman and Murder at Shots Hall
I'd like to thank Yvette for recommending Murder at Shots Hall by Maureen Sarsfield. I was able to get it quickly from interlibrary loan and finish it even more quickly! If you like Agatha Christie or P.D. James, you'll probably like Murder at Shots Hall--it's set in a tiny, relatively isolated English coastal village during a patch of particularly wet and foggy weather. I particularly liked the humor sprinkled throughout the book, usually originating in the homespun observations of Sergeant Congreve and the crabbiness of Dr. Abbot, the medical examiner. On the subject of domesticity, Dr. Abbot complains, "There ought to be a law against it...I haven't got a wife, and I shan't ever have a wife. But if I had, and I had to watch her sitting there...year in year out, surrounded by yards of mending wool, knitting wool, needles, thread, pins and foully diseased paper patterns, being domestic, I'd kill her" (Sarsfield 105).

My only complaint was that I wanted to see more of Deputy Chief Constable Mahew and his wife, because they're rather like Nick and Nora Charles: "On the morning of December 2nd, at 8.30 A.M., [Mahew] stuck his head round the corner of Mrs. Mahew's bedroom door and said, 'Woman you will stay in bed till your cold's better, and to hell with you. Even with a red nose you look more beautiful than the rising sun'...They had been married for exactly twenty years and accomplished the impossible. They still liked each other enormously, admitted it, and never quarreled. This fact still astonished them" (Sarsfield 40-41).

I highly recommend Murder at Shots Hall, especially now that dreary weather is on the horizon--it's beyond-perfect fireside reading.


  1. Love the title of this post. Curling up with ths delicious peachy dessert and a good book. What could be better?

  2. Your peach crisp looks amazing! I made an apple crisp this weekend. Now I want to make something with peaches!

    (I agree with you that BBC America is useless. We lost it when we downgraded our cable, and I haven't missed it until now. I really want to see The Hour. But it appears to be coming out the--equally annoying--Netflix in a week.)

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  4. I have such a sweet tooth- especially for cakes and pies and pastries and mmmm :) That looks like perfection. You seem to have such an idyllic, relaxing lifestyle and I really admire it :D

    xxx irinja (1milliondresses.blogspot.com)

  5. I love any article/blog title that mysteriously ends with....murder. Hee hee. Sounds like a good read. I'll have to check it out. Wish I had this peach crisp recipe a couple of months ago. When our tree decides to go crazy again with the produce, I'll be sure to use it!

  6. Irinja- I had to laugh when I read "idyllic" and "relaxing"! You should see my messy house! :-) I'm happy most of the time and I try to relax, but I don't always succeed! Life is always such a work-in-progress, isn't it?

  7. Wow, it looks so good.

    When I was in Arnhem last week I visited there really nice English Tea Room and had there really nice and tasty Cornish pasty! Wonderful.

  8. Thanks for the plug, Lauren. Much appreciated. I loved Chief Constable Mahew and his wife too, by the way. What a lovely marriage.

    Oh, if only Sarsfield hadn't disappeared!

    Oh, and I love peach crisp. Especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. :)

  9. I adore your owl mug, soooooo cute!

    And how yummy does your peach crisp look? And it's so healthy too. :)

    The Cat Hag

  10. Again... looking soo good, I'm almost sniffing the air to smell it.

  11. Oh, peach crisp is one of my favorites! I use my mom's apple crisp recipe, too, but with a dash of cinnamon instead of nutmeg. Yours looks perfect!

  12. I am so not a pie maker but gosh darn, this looks good!

  13. this recipe lookes very good. I love summer fruit crisps :it is delicious. I had much pleasure in reading your litterary review :)

  14. What a lovely crisp! Curling up with a bowl of it and this book sounds divine. Just wrote down the title to check out...thanks for the recommendation!

  15. ohhhh my god this looks so good!!!! I wish I had a place to bake here so I could give this a try!

  16. What a gorgeous dessert! I am a sucker for a fruit based dessert. I also want to steal your groovy owl mug.

  17. The crisp looks delicious. I love peaches so I'm sure that this would be right up my alley. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


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