One Lonely Peach (FFwD: Spice-Poached Peach)

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It's the loneliest number since the number one

No is the saddest experience you'll ever know
Yes, it's the saddest experience you'll ever know
`Cause one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
One is the loneliest number, worse than two

One (is the Loneliest Number) - Harry Nilsson

This week's FFwD was a rescue mission.

There was one lonely peach in my fruit drawer. And a pint of blueberries. 

As I was sitting by myself in my living room Sunday morning, I couldn't stop thinking about that one lone peach. And it made me sad.

Now, I don't have anything against solitude. It's something that I often relish. Social skills are not always my finest suit. Inane conversation is not something I am great at (although, at times, I can jump pretty deep into the pool of pointless).

I feel like it is one thing to be alone and solitary because you choose to be; however, it is another thing altogether to be alone because you were passed over. 

Left behind. 

Like the kid that doesn't get picked by anyone to be on a kickball team. 

The student that gets put into a threesome during science lab because no one else will partner up with them. 

The conference attendee hiding in a corner desperately trying to avoid eye contact. Pretending that the piece of paper in front of them is so vital that there can be no other cause for their solitary state. 

The last M & M sitting in the bowl. 

And that sad peach. A remnant from some random project in the days prior.  

One might say, that in that moment that peach wasn't really just a peach. That perhaps rescuing it meant something a little more.

One might also say that I was over-thinking things and was really just looking for a way to make this dish with out going to the store. 

One could say...

As you can see, I did poach one solitary peach - cut up into eight pieces. I reduced the poaching liquid by half and added a healthy glug of brandy to the rest of the liquids - just because. I ate my peach straight up - for dinner. There was not a grain or vegetable or piece of protein at the table. Just a peach. I am a grown up. I can do these things, you know? (Well, I can do these things when I am the only person in the house...)

It seemed like a shame to waste the leftover poaching liquid, so I simmered that pint of blueberries that was sitting next to the lonely peach in the remaining liquid and transferred them to glass jars. They are destined to become topping for crepes one night this week. And I was left feeling very virtuous about my resourcefulness.

This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie - where other blogged versions of this week's dish are sure to be found. A similar version of this week's recipe can be found here on the Parade site.


  1. I wish I had added a slug of something to my poaching syrup - I found it to be very tart.

  2. A peach never had it so good! I don't think I've ever seen a single M&M in a bowl, at least not in my house,lol;-) I like your idea of single fruit poaching, I think you've started something here;-) I read somewhere about blending poached fruit and their liquid to make popsicles, I thought that was a good idea;-)

  3. Sounds delicious. Now the peach has some blueberries for company! :)

  4. Yum! Don't you love when you can just eat what you want for dinner, without anyone questioning it. One poached peach sounds like as good a meal as any to me!

  5. You are SO resourceful Cher - my hat is off to you for resucing this one loner. It's a great recipe and one I will use again and again this fall...

  6. Oooh, sounds marvelous with peaches!!! And glad to know I'm not the only one who eats what they perk of seniority :)

  7. Peaches and brandy, just perfect! The perfect recue, though sometimes being the last one is not so bad, like the last brownie on a plate that everyone wants...Have a great weekend!

  8. What can I say but.........YOU'RE A PEACH.

  9. Cher, love the idea of poaching a lonely peach and having that for dinner!

    Have a great weekend (with lots of company)!

  10. The brandy was a great call for the peach and I wish I had some of those blueberries waiting for me in the fridge...

  11. I hadn't thought of trying this with peaches. Great idea!

  12. Great idea using a peach. Adding a bit of brandy - a great idea. Your crepes will be fantastic with the blueberries:)

  13. I bet this tasted great with peaches. Great post!

  14. I toast your resourcefulness! Some of my best rogue recipes come from not wanting to go out to the store. Nice job!

  15. SO resourceful! The addition of the brandy - inspired! And the use of the poaching liquid for a blueberry topping, and well, the overall tone of your post this week. :-) I love when I'm the only one home and eat things like 3 pieces of bacon and ice cream for dinner.

  16. I'm sure the peach was better than apples - glad you enjoyed it!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  17. you rescued one lonely peach and invented your own desert. It was so nobel of you as well. How about naming it Peach Cher?

  18. Oh! That poor little peach! I think I just projected my childhood as an only child onto your peach! Good on your for recognizing it's worth and not discarding it!!! Lol!
    Hope the blueberries taste amazing!

  19. There is nothing like a shot of brandy to help things along. That peach looks happy
    to be rescued and I'm sure the blueberries are happy too. Have a great weekend.

  20. Cher, only you could turn not wanting to go to the store into a rescue mission! and write so convincingly of your virtuous mission to boot! ;) I only hope you enjoyed your peach dinner as much I enjoyed reading about it.

  21. Brandy- a brilliant idea....yes, I too rescue solitary fruits or veggies that look lonely in the frig! Great post!

  22. I am sad to say that I would have eaten the little sad peach while I was looking for the rest of the spice poaching ingredients. And the solitary m&m too:). Love what you did as usual and i definitely need to get some booze in this recipe the next time around. Got a call Friday night that Mr. BU has mono so left for Boston yesterday morning. We will probably withdraw himfor the entire semester as of Monday. For now we are holed up in a hotel with him for the weekend to give his roommate a break. Never a dull moment. PS- just read your bday post and that cake is OFF THE CHARTS. I've gotta make it !!!

  23. Oh yummy -- I want to hear about the blueberry "syrup"! Happy belated BD.

  24. I love having dessert for dinner when I'm alone. And you ate a peach, so it's practically virtuous :-) This poaching syrup is versatile, isn't it? I poaches some rhubarb in mine.

  25. Great post Cher! I had that kind of lunch today - A little bit of lonely leftover caramelized onions, with some lonely leftover rice, joined by a couple of eggs and one lonely tomato and wala - yummy resourcefulness. Love that you poached the blueberries. I have a few in the fridge and still have the poaching liquid in a tupperware...


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