Care for a slice of Peach Walnut Coffee Cake?

Are you a regular victim of the 3 pm craving? A slice of this Peach Walnut Coffee Cake, with your favorite cup of coffee or tea, will definitely hit the spot. It’s just peachy!

Sitting at my desk I suddenly feel an energy slump almost every workday in the afternoon. Chances are if I look at the clock it is probably just about 3pm. I need a little boost of sugar, a little energy kick in the hiney, to finish off the day. This Peach Walnut Coffee Cake is a healthier alternative to just plain cake, because of the protein boost from the walnuts and a heavy fruit dose in every slice.

Peach Walnut Coffee Cake

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Boozy Peaches and Cream Trifle, a Matcha Made in Heaven

Shhh… Can you Keep a Secret? Today I am sharing with you my Peaches and Cream Trifle recipe. It is the ultimate quick in-a-pinch dessert recipe that your guest will clamor for.

I am almost ashamed to say that this recipe has been my go-to dessert for years when pressed for time, and yet I have never blogged about it before. Why have I not shared this divine Peaches and Cream Trifle recipe with you until today? I was afraid you would judge me because it is just so freaking easy and quick to make. But it is also one of my most consistently raved dessert. Every time I make this for guests I get rave reviews. Sometimes greatness comes from simplicity.

Peaches and Cream Trifle

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Peachy Matcha Smoothie

So are you a Matcha convert or have you yet to discover this wonderful tea? If you have not tried it yet then run out and get some. I have a great one to show you today that you may want to try out. I am not new to green tea powder by far. I have several recipes on the blog with Matcha, from sweet to savory.  Sure I like the health benefits but, you know me, I love trying the unusual and less common ingredients.

But for today I will start you off with something more basic if you are new to Matcha Powder. It has been way to hot to turn on the oven lately and smoothies are still king in my kitchen. Using up some fruit in the fridge I made a Peachy Matcha Smoothie with the new green tea.

matcha review

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Baked Peaches and Crème Brûlée

The Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge is all about baking and making sweets. Every month we are given two required ingredients to work with. This month it was Peaches and Cream. Two awesome ingredients that pair so well. This month I present you with one of my favorite classic desserts presented within one of my favorite fruits: Baked Peaches and Crème Brûlée.

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Seeing Green for St Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s day is a religious Irish holiday but countries all over the world love to celebrate with parades, parties, lots of libations enjoyed while wearing your finest greens. Did you know the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day?

I just love a holiday that allows grown-up to behave like silly children. That can be interpreted in different ways on Saint-Patrisck’s Day. Have fun and be safe. And I also enjoy an event that invites us to consume foods that can be of an unusual and bright color. Here are a few fun green recipes you will find on Cheap Etnic Eatz.

Peach Monster Smoothie

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Peachlove: Peaches Swimming in Red Wine

It’s summer and it is a hot one! I take a dive in a pool any chance I get. Everyone should go swimming. Even our food! Even peaches! They have been hot and sweating too on a branch in the sun for a while. Give then an inebriated break!

Some fruits can be paired quite well with wine, even red ones. In the case of peaches try coupling them with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir. This is the dessert version of a Sangria! So simple yet such a sophisticated taste.

Ξ Peaches Swimming in Red Wine Ξ

Per person…

1 ripe peach, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup red wine
A pinch of a powdered spice of your choice, such as cardamon, star anise, cinnamon (optional)

Using a slotted spoon, place peach, one at a time, in boiling water for about 20 seconds. Remove and place in iced water. The skin will easily peel off with a small sharp knife. Pit and cut peach into slices. Toss the peach slices with the sugar and a spice if you are using one. I tried a pinch of cinnamon. Place the slices in a wine glass or dessert dish and pour red wine over the sliced peaches until almost covered.

August is #peachlove month!

Please join in on the #peachlove fun by linking up any peach recipe from the month of August 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #peachlove event! The twitter hashtag is #peachlove 🙂

SRC: Peach Monster Smoothie

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time.

This is my return to SRC you could say. I had to back out the last 2 previous months because I broke my left wrist. Being in a cast is not ideal when cooking lol. I still have quite a bit of physio to go but I am back in the kitchen. This month I was assigned Noelle’s Blog, Opera Singer in the Kitchen. We have commented on each others blogs in the past so it was nice to  finally have a familiar blog in hand. Noelle’s recipes are mostly vegan so there was plenty of challenging options for me, the meat eater. Plenty of recipes were tempting, such as :

Persimmon Margaritas
Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Icing
Thai: Green Papaya Salad
French Cuisine: Tofu au Vin
Lavendar-infused Rhubarb and Almond Torte

Peach Monster Smoothie

But in the end I chose something simple yet so good and healthy. I have seen plenty of bloggers jump on the smoothie wagon but I had not experimented yet. The one I chose was Noelle’s Mango Monster Smoothie but I substituted the mangoes with peaches (because I could not find a ripe mango) and rice milk instead of almond milk (personal preference). I know it’s GREEN but no panic, it is sweet and delicious. Also this smoothie contains 3 fruits and 2 vegetables. That is 5 out of the 4 to 10 fruits and veggies your should st every day.

Ξ Peach Monster Smoothie Ξ

serves 1 tall glass or 2 regular glasses

1.5 cups rice milk
2.5 frozen peaches
1 frozen banana
2 cups spinach

Place items in a blender and blend very well, like a bit longer then you think necessary. Adding a touch of sugar is optional but should not be necessary.

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Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of all milk products. Rice milk has the least amount of fat and is also cholesterol free. But if you are diabetic keep in mind rice milk is high in starch so your sugar levels could shoot up.

Spinach is extremely rich in antioxidants and it is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.