I can't tell you have many times I've had peaches for lunch or dinner this summer. Sometimes I eat them in a salad, or a sandwich, or even in the form of a peach tart. But mostly? Just a bowl of lush, sunshine-filled peaches, the kind you can smell from six feet away.
A dinner of plain apples would never do in fall, when I want to spend hours near the cozy stove, and in winter I'd hardly consider an orange a complete meal. But in hot weather my appetite wanes and, like Anjali, I fully embrace the laziness of summer cooking. A juicy peach, or three, is utterly refreshing and cooling.
After eating the flesh I drop the pits into a jar of brandy that sits on my counter, producing noyaux that'll remind me of summer all year long.
What's your favorite way to enjoy this season's peaches?