Raw Peaches and Cream
My job before moving to Philly consisted of me being in the community all day long. I barely ever saw my desk or my co-workers because I was out and about in the community interacting with people I didn’t know. Talking to staff at local resources, advocating for my clients, talking to landlords, potential employers, etc, etc, etc.
I was pretty comfortable with this even from day one. I can talk to people I don’t know if the attention isn’t on me. The topic of conversation was always about my client and that takes all the pressure off me.
But since moving to Philly my anxiety has been in full force. The pressure is on for me to advocate for myself, to find a job for myself, to meet people, to ask people for advice on where to go and what to see… I hate it.
I go to the grocery store and I can’t find anything because it isn’t set up like any grocery store in Kansas and so I have to ask someone where the heck I can find rice flour. I go to run errands and I have to ask our doorman where I can print something or where you can buy beer in this town where nobody sells beer! Hate it. It is irrational. Being anxious about things that should be so simple.
I know I’ll gain my confidence back and the anxiety will get under control. It will just take me establishing my place in the city. I think that is why blogging and social media are so appealing sometimes. It’s a way of putting yourself out there in a sort of anonymous way.
Yeah sure, you see what I look like and I give you little peeks into my life, but you can’t see me exactly at the moment I’m writing this and, more importantly, I’m not having to make eye contact with you. (don’t take that the wrong way, I’m sure you are all lovely and have pretty eyes!) But I know this can be a slippery slope.
I don’t want to hide behind my computer all the time, so I’m working on forcing myself to work through the anxiety and have real life awkward social interactions with new people. I’m even planning on meeting up with a few blogging friends soon. Ladies, you know who you are, be prepared for the first 30 minutes of us meeting to be filled with quick talking, awkward fidgeting, anxiety filled interactions.
But food is always my savior. Perhaps it’s why I’m so passionate about it. It is always a common ground. Pretty much everyone I’ve ever met either likes to make good food, likes to eat good food, or is passionate about both.
And instead of overanalyzing how conversations with people I don’t know can go, I need to just be simple about it and take it for what it is. It’s a simple interaction. I don’t have to over complicate it in my head and work up my anxiety. It can be just as simple as this dessert.
I was walking around the grocery store the other day trying too think of something sweet to make. I had several elaborate, overly complicated ideas and then I laid my eyes on these gorgeous peaches. I knew exactly what I wanted to make right then and there. And it was definitely not elaborate.
Sometimes I forget how beautiful real food can be without a lot of embellishment. Like these juicy ripe peaches. They are so delicious and sweet on their own. But I wanted a little something to go with them. So I made a cashew cream. Perfect. Simple. Fresh.
Raw Peaches and Cream
- 1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour if you do not have a high powered blender such as a Vitamix
- 1/2 cup raw nut milk, or other milk of your choosing if you are not concerned with this being raw
- 2 TBSP pure maple syrup, can substitute honey or agave
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 4-6 peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, or other nut of choice
- Combine cashews, nut milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a blender and blend until a smooth cream. You may have to scrape down the sides occasionally.
- Divide the peaches evenly between 4 dishes.
- Top with cashew cream, and sprinkle with pecans.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0
21 Comments on “Raw Peaches and Cream”
Kristin, I loved your honesty about the anxiety of change and in general, it was very relateable! beautiful post, even your writing was “raw”. I hope you grow to love Philly 🙂 We have your back! Ps. I’ve been craving your dark chocolate and toasted pecan cookies with browned butter lately, big time!
Aw, you’ll figure it out girl-the adjustment period is just difficult! I adore how you just let the peaches shine here, sometimes simple is best 🙂
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Just a bit of encouragement from one anxious soul to another. Don’t discount the anxiety you feel but don’t let it swallow you up either. It sounds like you are handling things just right for you and your situation. The fact that you are self-aware and see the issues is the first, hugest step and you have already conquered that. Remember – grace for yourself! Can’t wait to see the progress over the next few weeks and months.
Simple and delicious. Perfect!
This look really yummy!
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Moving is hard. We have moved across the country and have lived in 6 states in 10 years and I know getting settled is tough. Best of luck to make your new house a home, so to speak. It WILL happen 🙂
This is stunning girl! And you’ll do great in the new city, I’m right there with you with my move to Chicago 🙂 I completely relate – I went to a new grocery store yesterday and it was driving me nuts that I had no clue how to find anything – baby steps 🙂 You’ll do great! And this dessert is seriously gorgeous, i love your pics!
When I moved from PA to maryland I was the opposite of you- I was surprised that you can buy alcohol anywhere! In PA you can only buy it in a liquor store! (Some gas stations are starting to carry beer but that’s rare.) You’ll adjust soon to the move! Moving is difficult but you’ll be fine in no time. I love how simple and easy this is! it’s a perfect summertime recipe.
I love this! I’m sipping on a raw cashew based smoothie now and can’t wait to make this dessert later. Live up each day and you’ll find the light. Being in a new city is always hard but you got this :).
These pics were delicious! Seriously. They perked me up at 9:35pm. You are going to do great. Maybe you could walk around with some dessert to break the ice when you talk to strangers! lol!
I think you’re doing great! I’ve moved states and cities, it’s hard.
Have you thought about volunteering? You could establish a network and job hunting is helped by who you know, to a degree.
I love your blog and definitely agree about the power of food to bring people together! I moved from NY to China and it was terrifying. But also it was a chance to reinvent myself, to explore sides of me that I had set aside for many years. It can be a
crazy wonderful adventure. Take a deep breath and enjoy it. And check out Wegman’s grocery store in Philly. It’s pretty amazing 😀
This recipe sounds so summery and wonderful! I’m also really grateful to be following along your journey moving to a new city. I’ll be leaving Minneapolis for Boston in just over a month. I know I’m going to have those same experiences. (It’s how I felt when I moved from Cleveland to Chicago, then Chicago to Minneapolis). Change is indeed hard. But I agree with a comment above that it can be “a crazy wonderful adventure.”
Oh wow, Boston! I have always wanted to visit. I need to someday soon now that I live much closer. Good luck with your move!
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I love to cook for family and friends and this is my recipe that is most often requested. A surprisingly simple summer dessert, it is heavenly warm from the oven, with fresh peaches tender and tasty.
This was delicious! I could eat the cashew cream on anything but it really pairs well with the sweetness of the peaches. Glad I made it and it was simple.
Hi Steve! So glad to hear you enjoyed this. I love the cashew cream so much too!
Can you make the cashew cream a day or two early and then add to the peaches when ready to serve?