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The Love Bra and Spiced Poached Peaches.

February 6, 2014

spiced poached peaches ingredientsOn my way home from the city on the train the other I was annoyingly reading the MX over a dude’s shoulder when I saw an article for a new product that cheered me no end.

The Love Bra.

I thought once the kooky Japanese put school-girl panties (ew, she said panties) into a vending machine I would never hear anything wackier, alas they have out-done themselves with a chastity bra that only undoes when the wearer is in love.

Not lust.

Not crushing on, not wanting to get it on… true love.

The bra uses ‘an inbuilt heart monitor and works with a smart phone app that calculates the True Love Rate’.

I knew it was a matter of time before our smart phones could predict our emotions. If they were really smart they’d make the ‘Stop speaking to me this second as I’m about to lose my shit’ app that gently zaps people (read: spouse and spawn) when it’s time to take a step back, but we’re speaking of nicer things today.

We’re speaking of boobs and love.

spiced poached peachesI’m all for modesty, but in my time I may or may not have flashed my cans to people I do not love.

I cannot honestly boast the ta-ta pride I once had, but I am, hypothetically speaking of course, not above wanting to get my norks out from time to time.

It’s nice to have the option at least.

Also, what if your love is of the unrequited kind and whilst making a cup of tea in the work tearoom your lady lumps are suddenly unleashed when the object of your affection asks you to pass the Assorted Creams???

Awks, man. Awks.

Although had I been wearing such a brassiere contraption at the pool last Thursday it may have prevented the undignified Nipplegate incident as Kiki hoisted aside my bikini top mid-class.

I know not how long it took me to notice my alert nip waving hello to the nice people enjoying their kiddie swim school, but I’m going to tell myself it was seconds, not minutes.

This recipe has not much to do with peaches although someone once referred to my bosoms as lovely ripe mangoes. If they could see them now they’d no doubt say over ripe peaches.

Poaching peaches is a great way to hang on to the summer fruits for a little bit longer at the end of the season…. you can also freeze them and throw them into things as you need them.

spiced poached peaches and french toastWhat you will need :

  • 1 kg ripe peaches
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out, or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 5 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar

What you will need to do :

Place your peaches into a big heavy based saucepan and cover with water.

Add your spices, sugar and vanilla and cover with a plate or pie dish to ensure the peaches all stay submerged.

weighted spiced poached peachesBring to a gentle boil and leave for about 25-30 minutes until the skin begins to wrinkle and bubble.

When they’re ready remove the peaches from the water and run under cold water for a few minutes. Set aside until cool enough to peel.

Turn up the temperature on the spiced water and boil the crap out of it for a further 20-25 minutes until it has reduced a little and become very fragrant and yummy.

The skin should just slide off the peaches, and then you can halves them and store them in the poaching liquid in the fridge for up to a week.

spiced poached peachesI love these with French Toast and Vanilla Yoghurt, or Pancakes, or for breakfast with muesli… or just with a big dollop of ice-cream.

Saw this meme and thought it was apt… screw anyone who doesn’t like juicy peaches.

I reckon biting into a juicy peach is akin to pashing, and pashing rocks.20140201-095713.jpg

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  • Reply Francesca Maria February 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Those peaches look so delicious. I know something about Japanese culture…my husband is Japanese.

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys February 6, 2014 at 11:52 am

      I hope he shoes you the other parts of the culture too! It’s not all bras and undies I’m sure.

  • Reply Have a laugh on me February 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

    So true, eg that not everyone likes peaches, sad that really, as I’m actually quite nice 😉

  • Reply Gretchen O'Donnell February 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Hilarious, the love bra. Goodness! What will they think of next?!

  • Reply ksbeth February 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    that is crazy and like you, i may have or have not, on occasion displayed my ripe peaches in a situation other than a love one. ps – my nickname is peaches, and i’m not kidding –

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys February 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Peaches? That’s awesome. Peaches is a great nickname. You’ll always be Peaches to me now.

      • Reply ksbeth February 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

        indeed and there really is no turning back now, is there? )

  • Reply Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel February 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love your peaches. That is all.

  • Reply San February 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Loved this post. At almost 54 I got to thinking my “girls” are still pretty hot :o) That’s when I realised one was in my soup and one was in my coffee :o(

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys February 8, 2014 at 4:38 am

      Best comment ever! Love your work.

      • Reply San February 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        Well I love your peaches too and I AM flirting :o)

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