Lovely Little Golden Things

Vanilla-poached apricots and two-day-old baby chicks. Both so perfect they’ve stunned me to silence. Let’s just enjoy it while it lasts, shall we?

Vanilla-Poached Apricots
Yields 15
These lovely little golden things are delicious served with whipped cream; over yogurt, ice cream, or oatmeal; or as is.
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 vanilla bean, split open lengthwise and seeds scraped out
  4. Zest of 1 lemon, peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
  5. Big pinch of salt
  6. 15 firm-ripe apricots, halved and pitted
  1. In a medium pot, combine the water, sugar, vanilla bean (both pod and seeds), lemon zest and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, and boil for one minute.
  2. Add the apricots, gently arranging them in the pot to submerge as many as possible. Reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer, adjusting as necessary. Poach the apricots for about 5 minutes, until they're as soft as you'd like them. You'll probably need to shift them around gently in the pot to give them equal time in the liquid.
  3. Remove the apricots to a bowl and pour the liquid overtop. Let cool completely at room temperature, about 90 minutes.
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, May, 2007.
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, May, 2007.
Umami Girl


  • It’s funny how two completely unrelated things can bring the same sort of soul-wrenching joy.ReplyCancel

  • Now, I really, really want to raise chickens. Those are the sweetest, little things. Delicious-looking apricots too.ReplyCancel

  • Sheilah Lowe

    Apricots look delish and the chicks are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Their little legs are the same color as the apricots. :) Soo darling.ReplyCancel

  • Heheee I love the pictures of your chickens! Now pregnant, I keep having dreams of cute and fluffy baby animals/birdies at night… I’m sure I’ll have a dream of your chicks tonight, hehe :) Thank you for the poached apricots recipe, I will try to make these when we have cheaper apricots over here. It’s a good idea to add some salt I think!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Hi Carolyn:
    I used to pick up my veggies from your garage each week! Now, we’ve moved to NH, and we’re raising chicks too. Ours are about 6 weeks old and fully feathered, but I remember when they first arrived all soft and downy like yours. Precious!
    – AmyReplyCancel

  • Thanks, ladies! The chicks are growing visibly by the day—it’s a little crazy. I really love them, too. Surprising myself a little, actually.

    Alina, that’s pretty entertaining about your dreams (and congratulations!). You must be very much at peace with your pregnancy to be dreaming about cute baby animals. Most of my preggo dreams were a little weirder. :)

    Hi, Amy! Great to hear from you. That’s exciting that you guys moved to NH. How do you like it? I can’t believe the chicks will looks so different in six weeks. Maybe yours can be mentors for ours….ReplyCancel

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