Peach Pistachio Galette

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One of the worst things in the world is comparing ourselves to others. And yet, I’m very prone to doing this myself, from time to time. And like every time before, it leaves me feeling vulnerable, untalented and completely imperfect. I think the imperfect part is ok; I mean, we’re all imperfect, right? And I do know that in the grand scheme of life, and my happiness, none of it matters. None of it. But why do I still do it? Why do you do it? It’s hard not to. It just is. But I think we should stop. There’s nothing productive or healthy about it.

I usually have some sort of comment about Catfish or Nev’s tramp stamp (we’ll talk about how Nev’s tramp stamp has its own Twitter later) but today this is on my mind; perfectionism, not letting it completely consume you, make you feel awful. I think there’s room for everyone in this world. I think everyone has their own unique voice, experience and point of view that makes them different and special, as lame and cheesy as that sounds.

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Yesterday when I was feeling down and out, I listened to David Foster Wallace’s famous commencement speech, This Is Water. It might be one of my favorite things to listen to EVER when I’m feeling terrible. It puts things into perspective. And this Blank on Blank on perfectionism is, well, perfection.

This galette is totally imperfect (the way galettes should be, I think). It combines late summer fruit and fall spices like ginger, cinnamon and ground coffee. I loved it. The crust is special, too. There’s a bit of apple cider vinegar in the crust which adds the perfect amount of tenderness. Baking this made me so excited for pie season. A Pie Week is coming at you this season. I’m already plotting.

For this whole recipe situation, hop over to PBS Food.

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thecitygourmand September 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

I don’t think I will ever tire of pistachios – looks divine!

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meaghan September 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

Love that you referenced that speech! One of my best friends lives by it and actually got “this is water” tattooed on the inside of her wrist. I love it.

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Adrianna Adarme September 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

It’s a good speech to live by. For sure. :)

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Jan September 13, 2013 at 8:59 am

I am very much guilty of comparing myself with others, especially as a food blogger. I look at my blog and I constantly question why it isn’t doing better. “Is it the photos? Are my posts too long? My writing must be terrible! Why is nobody commenting, even when I attempt to engage and finish a post with a question to my readers?” are questions and comments that fill my mind more often than I care to admit. It’s hard not to when you share so much and put yourself out there, on the internet.
Anyways, all this to say I honestly don’t know of this speech you are referring to but I will definitely look it up! And this galette looks amazing. I peaked at the recipe on the PBS site and I love that you’ve snuck in some coffee! Quick question: Do you mean fresh grinds or instant grinds? I’ve gotten them confused before and they really impart a completely different flavor!

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Adrianna Adarme September 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

I understand all of this. Definitely. And to answer your question, it’s fresh grinds.

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe September 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

You touched a raw nerve of mine with this post about perfection. I’ve been suffering of anorexia for 5 years now and I think behind it is the feeling of not being enough, of comparing myself to others only to find out I’m not as good and as talented as they are. But I’m working on it! I mean, as you said, everyone is imperfect right? So I do have to accept myself with my imperfections. It’s being able to deal with them that makes us “perfect”!
Btw, that galette is simply superb!

xo, Elisa

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Adrianna Adarme September 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

Much love to you Elisa.

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Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet September 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

Beautiful.

I too am prone to putting a little too much weight into what others think, and comparing myself to others. I think that can sometimes be the nature of being a blogger as well; am I as successful as so-and-so? Why aren’t my photos as good as whats-her-name’s? We live in a world now where everyone puts everything out there to the world on a daily basis, it can be hard to keep things in perspective. I can’t remember who it is, but someone once said something to the affect of “don’t compare your dailies to everyone else’s highlights reel.” Basically saying, don’t think you’re the only one with drudgery in life; everyone has uninteresting aspects of their life, they just might not put it all out there. We’re all a lot more similar than we think. :-)

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Sahar September 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

I made a peach tart recently but the addition of pistachios is such a great idea!

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Meredith September 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

I love your blog! Since finding it, you’ve really inspired me to cook. So yea, that other stuff can suck it.

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molly yeh September 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

i love this post. and this is water is amazing! it is the perfect thing for a bad day.

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking September 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

The perfect pick me up! It is so hard not to compare to others. You are doing just fine! You are soooo talented! And the addition of ground coffee to this also makes you a genius!

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Eileen September 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

Pistachios sound like such a delicious addition to a galette like this! Yay!

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Quyen September 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

These free form galettes are my favorite to make! I love it with a rich vanilla ice cream.
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Jen @ Fresh from the... September 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’ll definitely have to try a galette the next time I’m thinking a pie sounds too daunting!

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Nicole September 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

The galette is a great example of easy and imperfect can be gorgeous and that’s why it’s my favorite thing to make. It’s the imperfect things in life that are more interesting. You have great instincts and following them will always be a win for you :) I love the sound of the peaches and pistachios (with those spices!) together.

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Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) September 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I work for Gardenfork.TV, and our motto is: Done is better than perfet. Or something like that ;) The galette is so eye-catching!

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Kasha the FarmGirl September 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Stunning photos, Adrianna! I only wish I had some firm peaches left from our tree :(

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Tieghan September 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Oh I know how you feel, I struggle with this everyday. I only hope as I get older it will get easier because right now it is tough.

Loving the combo of pistachios, fall spices and peaches! This looks picture perfect to me!

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bren September 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

Totally new at this baking thing…..Could I swap out pistachios with almonds?

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bren September 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

Totally new at this baking thing…..Could I swap out pistachios with almonds?

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Adrianna Adarme September 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

Sure! Not a big deal at all.

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Dana September 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I have been a peach eating machine this summer. What a lovely galette! This looks like a recipe right up my alley.

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Edgardo September 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for such a wonderful and inspiring post. I will definitely try the galette this weekend. I listened to the speech. I wonder how some people are able to transform feeling into word with such beauty.

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Adrianna Adarme September 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

It’s a gift, for sure. :)

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Trisha September 17, 2013 at 2:23 am

Love the look of this. Never thought of peach and pistachio but i like the sounds of it!
I totally know what you mean about comparing oneself to others and perfectionism. I used to be way more chilled but now I am becoming more of a perfectionist and quite frankly i find it irritating. I am trying to get myself out of that mentality too! Good luck!

x

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) September 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

This is just so simple yet so perfect. Simplicity at its best.

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