Celebrity Chef and mom shares one of her favorite holiday recipes.
2 14-oz cans peach halves in syrup
1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
2 short cinnamon sticks
1 ½ inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thinly into rounds
½ teaspoon crushed dried chilis
½ teaspoon kosher salt or ¼ teaspoon table salt
¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
Empty the cans of peaches into a saucepan with their syrup.
Add the vinegar, cinnamon, sliced ginger, chilis, salt, whole peppercorns, and cloves.
Bring the pan to a boil, and let it boil for a minute or so, then turn off the heat and leave it in the pan to keep warm.
Serve the peaches with a hot ham, letting people take a peach half each and some of the spiced juice. Any leftovers can (and should) be stored in a jar and then eaten cold with cold ham.
Serves approx. 8 people with a ham roast
Excerpted from NIGELLA EXPRESS by Nigella Lawson. Photographs by Lis
Parsons. Copyright (c) 2007 Nigella Lawson. Published in the United States
by Hyperion. All Rights Reserved. Available November, 2007 wherever books