I often think to myself that Mother Nature says it best. The best chefs realize this: their art is not to create masterpieces. Their art is to bring together the incredible fruits of this world and allow them to dazzle us.
A hundred years ago Auguste Escoffier, of London's Savoy Hotel, created the dish known as the Peach Melba. He was inspired to do so after seeing the Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba, perform in Covent Garden.
Perhaps he appreciated that there is no instrument sweeter or richer than the human voice. I like to think he also appreciated that nature cannot be improved upon - only enhanced.
The Peach Melba is simple. Poached peaches drizzled with a delicious raspberry sauce next to a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
It's really easy to make because Mother Nature has done all the hard work for you.
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