Thursday, May 23, 2013

Apricot Tarragon Vanilla Sundae

Over the past few weeks Max has
- repeated the word "ghost" over and over and over and over while on a ghost tour of the    Queen Mary
- pointed at a supposed "ghost" while scrolling through photos taken on said tour
- told me that the plumber is a ghost
- pointed at the water in the toilet bowl and said "ghost"
- found a ghost in a documentary about elephants
- pointed out a window, no less than three times, and said "ghost"

So, I guess there is a chance that Max is indeed connected to a spirit world.  But it seems more likely he just extremely obsessed with the idea of finding one of these elusive entities.  I should probably point out that he isn't frightened of the idea - I don't think he has the framework in place to have such feelings... Yet.  He is just zealously smitten.

And this makes me so ridiculously and extremely proud of myself. I have passed on the torch of obsession.

When we were younger, my friend and I were ardent enthusiasts of ghosts.  Like super obsessed.  We created ghost stories out of every day life, even insisting that a sibling's swimming instructor was really a ghost.  We supposedly had evidence of this fact.  Even though, you know, she was right there and visible to everyone and conducting class on a weekly basis.  This is what you do to stave off boredom.  Create elaborate stories of ghost worlds.

I've basically gotten over this.  Maybe? I still think it is fun, but, you know, I no longer believe that the swimming instructor was actually a ghost.

To celebrate my life's triumph, I made a sundae.  A sundae of vanilla ice cream, apricot compote, tarragon leaves sprinkled with a a smidgen of crisped cubes of pancetta.  A slightly unusual but nonetheless delicious accompaniment to our mom and tot conversations about ghosts.

scoops of very vanilla ice cream (or use your favorite recipe/store-bought version)
tarragon leaves
handful of fried pancetta cubes

For the compote:
13 apricots, pitted and halved
2 teaspoons juice from a Meyer lemon
3-4 tablespoons sugar

To make the compote: Put everything into a pot.  Cook on low for about 8-10 minutes, until warm and the apricots start to break down.

To make the sundaes: Place scoops of vanilla ice cream in dish.  Top with the apricot compote.  Sprinkle handful of torn tarragon leaves on top.  Finish with the pancetta.


  1. Apricot compote looks so dang great! Pancetta is such an exciting touch.

  2. Oh my... I know it's kinda girly, but I really like the bowl and spoon too! Great photo!

  3. When Max is older you should get him hooked on Supernatural! (It's quite enjoyable for the adults too!) ;)
    I Love this refreshing twist on an ice cream sundae!

  4. Wow this looks so interesting! I would never have thought to combine tarragon and apricot and eat it with ice cream! But from your photo it looks amazing :)

  5. It looks so so good! I am definitely going to try this over the weekend to treat myself. Have not made apricot compote before, believe it or not :P. Have a great weekend ahead! ♥ Jo

  6. My friends and I loved talking about ghosts in middle school. This brings back good memories (and this sundae makes me hungry!) Thank you for sharing this lovely spring/summer dessert!

  7. This is a great looking sundae - no matter which realm you live in :-)

  8. I want this sundae in front of me right now! lol Ghosts are definitely scary to me, but intriguing and fascinating nonetheless!! I can't even handle the haunted mansion at Disney World ;)

  9. How do you know your plumber isn't a ghost, huh? And he left another ghost in the toilet. :P This sundae is so unusual and looks so tasty!

  10. Such a refreshing summer treat. It looks divine and the compote sounds yum.

  11. A delicious bowl of dessert! Fried pancetta takes it over a whole new level!
    Even the ghosts would be eyeing for this dessert! Too bad, I'm not sharing this with any ghost! kakakaa!

  12. This looks delicious and has very interesting combinations of flavor!
    Great pictures, everything looks so appetizing.

  13. This sounds like a great combination! I love apricot, but have never paired it with tarragon for a dessert.

  14. Such a refreshing new sundae idea :)

    Choc Chip Uru


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