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And drunk the milk of paradise….

July 17th, 2010

“For he on honeydew has fed and drunk the milk of paradise”

Well, I think we all know to what Coleridge was referring—at least literally; however, I’m taking this in a more culinary direction, today.

I sit on the deck this morning. This time I’m enjoying a secret summer indulgence. As a child, I used to sit at my grandparents table on humid summer mornings eating nothing but fresh peaches and a glass of cold milk for breakfast.  In the corner sat an antique wash tub filled from an annual trip to the upstate for the sole purpose of peach picking. Now there are those that may argue the superiority of the Georgia peach, but as for me and mine, we will only eat Gaffney peaches (though we still laugh at the peachoid water tower. Yes, you know the one!).

So this morning, as I nostalgically recollect those long-ago mornings, I consider why I was so content just to eat peaches. Looking at my current concoction, I have mixed in all my favorite summer fruits: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and a banana drizzled with honey—to add to the decadence. Yet as a child I was not only content but utterly delighted to have a single, simple peach. It seems as though it takes more to awaken the slumbering soul locked inside of an adult.

Yet, as I recall the first time I ate honey on fruit, it was prepared for me by a special friend. And we all know  even a sandwich tastes better when someone else makes it for you! So maybe it’s not the nature-embedded extravagance, but merely the fact that it was something exciting and new.

Still the steadfast Earl Grey, in contrast, completes the spread.

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  1. July 17th, 2010 at 21:33 | #1

    Honeydew is only so-so with honey on it.. but it is still improved!

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