Later, Peaches: Chef Miko Aspiras’ Delectable Ode to Call Me by Your Name
Call Me by Your Name is this year’s awards season dark horse. No one—not even its cast and crew—was expecting it to make waves the way it has, sweeping nominations and bagging a couple of wins, particularly acting nods for breakout star Timothée Chalamet and adapted screenplay nods for James Ivory. Indeed, this languid, spellbinding coming-of-age story has earned praise from both critics and audiences, who left theaters mesmerised—and perhaps, a wee bit heartbroken—by the love that develops and simmers between Chalamet’s Elio and Armie Hammer’s Oliver.
A huge fan of the project—he has seen the film over six times—Chef Miko Aspiras sought to create a dessert that encapsulates the heady spirit of Call Me by Your Name. This dessert, christened by its creator as “Call Me Peachy,” is a tribute to the pivotal peach scene that features prominently in both André Aciman’s novel and Luca Guadagnino’s silver screen adaptation. It jives with the subtle sensuality that curls around the film like a wisp of smoke, unusual in its character yet easy on the taste buds. Crafted in the likeness of the very fruit that inspired it, the dessert is comprised of peach and nectarine mousse, filled with brunoised peach compote tossed with juice and Tonka beans; floral notes come into play due to the orange blossom crème Anglaise at its centre. It is then dipped in white chocolate and served atop a Feuillitine sable tarte crust.
“I was frustrated that Oliver did not get the chance to taste the infamous peach,” recalls Aspiras. “I decided to create a 100 per cent edible peach that presents a mix of fruity and floral flavours that are in tune with the summer, the season when most of the film takes place.”
Photography: Beatrice Malveda