Summer Buttermilk Panna cotta

Panacotta-8Summer fruits are bursting with juice and flavor this time of year and I am always looking for seasonal desserts that will showcase this simple but profound truth. Growing up in Ireland, the ‘go to’ fruit show off dessert was a baked pavlova meringue that made the Irish summer strawberries shine, however, I wanted to try something a little different so I’ve plumed for an Italian classic Panna cotta – which means cooked cream. This creamy delight is made by simmering together milk, cream and sugar and then mixing it with gelatin.(oh, and you could also swap out buttermilk for the milk to give it that extra tang)

Tomorrow I head back to Ireland for my last Shamrock and Peach tour of 2014 and it will be no surprise to see Panna cotta making it on to the menus as this dessert is hot at the moment on hip menus…

Next week we will be dining with some of Ireland top chefs including Chef Michael Dean from Deans, Chef Danny Miller from Balloo House, Chef Ryan from the Beechill, Chef Ian Orr from Browns, and our finale with Chef Noel McMeel from the Lough Erne and in my next blog I will let you know how many of these chefs showcased Panna cota for us in our menu.  But for now, here is my Georgia Peach Panna cotta version. Sweet Georgia peaches, ripe, juicy and scrumptious with locally grown blueberries. Now, it don’t get much better than that!

So, get creative and let this summer fruits delight the senses with Panna cotta. Simplicity at it’s very best!

Enjoy the end of summer!





Celebrating Summer in Georgia


Celebration of a Georgia summer salad

Peaches, Heirloom Tomatoes, Pecans and Vidalia onion at their glory!

Summer time is a time of bounty where “summers blood” is waiting to be tasted in the delicious fruits and vegetables harvested in home gardens, purchased in road side stands and grocery stores,  Right now is the perfect time to enjoy Georgia Peaches, Heirloom Tomatoes, Corn and Vidalia onions. There are over 700 varieties of Peaches and 40 of them are grown in the Peach State of Georgia, believe it or not!

I recently learned that the Peach originated in China where it is a symbol of luck, abundance and protection.  Another great reason for aligning the Shamrock with the Peach methinks!

As for us, we have been enjoying eating from our garden this summer often combining heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, peaches, spiced pecans with mozzarella, pea sprouts and basil drizzled with Vidalia onion vinaigrette. The flavors of each in season fruit are now at their peak and now is the time to enjoy a simple salad of summers bounty…

Simple pleasures in a warm Georgia summer week before school begins.

Joy in the journey!

Judith the Irish foodie