236. Peachy Crisp [Grain Free / Dairy Free]

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One of Mommy’s favorite stories from my inpatient life concerns my interaction with an unsuspecting customer service person on the phone at RIO (3rd Hospital).  I was very much in the “unconvinced” state of mind (I didn’t think anything or anyone was real, required proof for everything, and acted rather badly since everything was fake anyway and I was extremely uncomfortable).  Mommy recently told me I should go through all the pictures from my inpatient life and just look at my facial expressions.  I scrolled through a couple last night and Mommy’s right – they are a riot when viewed from this perspective.  It’s funny since she knows what was going through my mind so she can read my face – I’m either staring blankly, smiling unknowingly, or humoring my PT with a very blasé sort of attitude.

So one night Daddy was making some calls on my behalf, probably to my bank or credit card company.  Institutions will often desire to speak to the account holder to verify that it’s okay to speak to the person placing the call.  In this case my job was to simplify confirm that I was ill and that Tanpo was an authorized person who could act on my behalf.  This was my first non-family phone call and Mommy handed me the phone.

“Miss Tan,” the lady began chirpily, “How are you today?”

Peachy,” I said, my voice dripping with sarcasm and my face so glum that Mommy quickly took the phone back.  That was the first and last time I spoke to a customer service representative while in the hospital.

Heh heh.  Sorry, Mommy.  This was the beginning of Mommy starting to apologize for me.  Incidentally, she and Daddy had no idea that when I woke up I’d be so incredulous (and ornery).  My incredulity was a surprise.  But they were just thankful that I woke up in the first place and because they are extremely emotionally robust (I learned that term from NP1) people they were/are able to roll with the punches as we make our way through RecoveryLand together.

49.  Did she really just say that?

49. Did she really just say that?

My siblings are also emotionally robust people –when I came home I called them ASAP to make them tell me the story of what happened to me (I was looking for corroboration). It must have been distressing to them but they were both very obliging about it.  I talked to Ai Ai first, and then Ernie.  When their stories matched I was like, Okay, fine.  Whatever.

Meanwhile, it’s been a couple years and I know this really happened.  Several months ago a man in the waiting room at VT was on the phone and used the word, “Peachy.”  Mom and I immediately cracked up because that word has become part of the Tan family lexicon and it elicits an immediate reaction when we hear it.  “Peachy” is somewhat of an old-fashioned expression, I think, and peach crisp, cobbler and pie are classic desserts that I would consider old-fashioned, but also always welcome – they never go out of style with my palate.  I made some modifications to accommodate my new eating habits this summer, but I enjoyed the peaches at Tim&Ai Ai’s thoroughly.  Today you have 2 choices:  Single Serving PC or PC for the Family.  Obviously I made both!  But I have to admit that I was the primary consumer of the family-sized crisp.  Hey – a girl’s gotta eat!

Peachy Crisp | Single Serving, GF, DF | Ann Ning Learning How

Single-Serving Peachy Crisp [Grain Free & Dairy Free]

  • 1 ripe peach, halved with the stone removed – place in a ramekin face-up
  • handful of hazelnuts – I toasted mine briefly in a dry pan
  • 2 dates
  • small spoonful of coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla
  • dash of nutmeg

Actually, this could serve 2, or just make one now, and save the other half peach for later.  Pulse the nuts and dates in a little food processor or Ninja.  Add in the small spoonful of coconut oil, vanilla, and the cinnamon.  Pat the topping down over the peach in the ramekin.  Sprinkle the whole with a slight dusting of nutmeg.  Bake in the oven at 350 for 5-15 minutes, broil for 3-4 minutes.  Watch it so it doesn’t get too brown!  Let it cool a bit.  I tried baking it for both 5 minutes (it was hot through, but still relatively firm) and 15 (it was super hot and soft so my spoon cut through the peach like the sharpest knife) – but it’s really up to your preference.  Let it cool a bit bc the peach and ramekin will be very hot.  Serve with vanilla yogurt or ice cream (I used coconut yogurt).

Peachy Crisp |GF, DF | Ann Ning Learning How


Peachy Crisp for the Family
serves 5 (ish)

  • 4 ripe peaches, cut into chunks
  • 1 c hazelnuts – I toasted mine briefly in a dry pan
  • 4 dates
  • spoonful of coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla
  • dash of nutmeg

Grease your baking dish (I’m sorry I don’t know how big mine was – I used a small round casserole – just eyeball it), and preheat the oven to 350.  Pulse the nuts and dates in a little food processor or Ninja.  Add in the coconut oil, vanilla, and the cinnamon.  Pat the topping down over the peaches.  Sprinkle the whole with a slight dusting of nutmeg.  Bake in the oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Watch it so it doesn’t get too brown! Serve with vanilla yogurt or ice cream (I used coconut ice cream).

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