Friday, August 20, 2010


"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."

~ Claude Monet

August Abstract
(Zinnia & Verbena)


~ uniquely different and summer delightful!
(Bon Appetit - July 2005)

4 1/2 Tbsp. (packed) golden brown sugar
3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
6 ripe large peaches, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

1 cup chilled whipping cream

6 slices good pound cake
3-4 Tbsp. room temperature unsalted butter

  • Prepare grill (medium-high heat).
  • Whisk 3 Tbsp. sugar, vinegar, and mint in large bowl to blend. Add peaches and toss gently to coat. Let stand at least 5 minutes and up to 30 minutes.
  • Beat whipping cream and remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar in another bowl until peaks form; refrigerate.
  • Spread cake slices on both sides with butter. Grill until lightly browned. Arrange cake slices on 6 plates. Top each with peaches and syrup, then whipped cream.

"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love."

~ Claude Monet


Tuqui said...

Hermosa tu August Abstract, quedó preciosa...y la receta del postre, me parecio exquisita!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Joey, Is this not indeed the problem with so much in life today, the need to analyse and 'understand' rather than simply to accept and enjoy and, as Monet says, love? Of course one wishes to encourage, and take part in, serious thought where appropriate but there are some things which, I believe, can be enjoyed per se.

I do not need myself to have followed the delicious receipt which you publish today - it would be more than enogh to taste, love and enjoy!!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Joey, love your freaky melded images! :) (Freaky is a good thing here, lol!)

lindalou said...

Nice homage to Claude Monet. I've always been partial to his work.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, never have I thought of a grilled pound cake! Claude Monet is one of my favorite artists not only for his gardens and landscapes obut for his depiction of the women and children in his life.


joey said...

Thank you, Tuqui. You are most kind.

Yes I love this quote, dearest Edith. As always, a joy to hear from you.

Freaky is good, Monica, and love your take. Enjoy the weekend. Just arrived at the lake, overcast so no sunset but still lovely.

Thanks Lindalou. Just read your post ... you must be pinching your nose reading this 'vinegar' recipe :)

I love Monet too, Eileen. Yes, this is unusual but delicious ... fun to try something new.

Rose said...

I don't know how you do it, Joey, but what a fantastic photo of the zinnia and verbena! I wonder what Monet's paintings would have been like if he hadn't had his fabulous garden...

Gail said...

I agree with Rose, it's a fantastic collage of two lovely flowers~Thanks for the welcome home! gail

imac said...

Very pretty and I bet tastes good too.

Chloe m said...

That sounds like a perfect way to enjoy peaches! Do you make your own pound cake or buy it?

Autumn Belle said...

A good picture, a yummy recipe and an inspiring quote. What a great combination for a post. Have a great weekend!

joey said...

Thank you, dear Rose. I have a feeling Monet's creative hand could paint a worm and make it handsome!

Hi, dear Gail and thank you. Thought about you while away, delighted you got a breather from the hot weather and precious time with your son.

Thanks imac ... indeed it does!

Hi Rosey. A delightful and bit differnt twist for peaches, something your discerning palate might enjoy :) I do make my own pound cake and have lots of recipes posted. Occasinally for trifles, I use Sara Lee frozen.

Thank you, Autumn Belle. It was a fun post to create and also a great weekend here at our cottage. Do hope your weekend is delightful too :)

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

You just ruined my diet AGAIN.

If I get to the States sometime (and I will) show me your garden! And then dinner!

The Weathered Pane said...

Hi, Joey! It's been a while, but I'm back looking at your most gorgeous photos and incredible recipes. Nancy

joey said...

Sounds wonderful, Rob. Count me in for both!

joey said...

Hello, dear Nancy! Have thought of you so often and wondered how you are doing. Having touched base with your site, see you are happy with wonderful plans. Thank you for keeping in touch ... you have made my day :)

vignette design said...

Hi Joey,
Glad to have found your blog. I love your Monet quotes and recipe for grilled pound cake. I'm off to check out more of your blog. -Delores

Kala said...

Very creative and colorful image. And I love the Monet quote.

joey said...

Welcome Delores and thank you. Always a joy to meet creative bloggers.

Thank you, dear Kala. And Monet ... what a genius!

Rick said...

Love this very colourful abstract joey! And also love that quote from Monet !!

joey said...

Always appreciate life through your gifted eye, Rick. Thank you.

What Karen Sees said...

Absolutely love this photo. So creative and the colors are spectacular. I'm also loving all the yummy recipes you are posting.