Have you ever heard of misophonia? I feel like it’s one of those things that you only know of if you struggle with it or know someone who does. And if you do have it, I’m sure you were really happy to find out it was an actual thing.
Misophonia is a hatred of sounds. But it’s not just like the sounds are annoying, it’s so much more than that. It’s a real disorder and triggering noises can cause serious feelings of anger, disgust, or even hatred.
It’s something I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember, but I of course had no idea it was anything more than me being weird. I was actually excited to find out that it was more than that, which is weird, but it made me feel less alone. Especially since it was my friend Kim who told me about it, which was such a relief because I finally had someone to talk to about it and who actually understood.
For me one of the most ‘triggering’ noises is any eating noises. I remember as a kid I was always bothered by people’s eating and even tried to teach my best friend how to “eat properly” because I didn’t like the noises she was making. It got worse as I got older, but I just kept it to myself. I could be watching TV with my family while eating dinner and if for even a second I heard a chewing noise then I’d zero in on it. That chewing would be all I could focus on after that and it would cause me so much frustration and often anger. It gets even worse when I’m stressed out or anxious. I can remember a time I slammed my fist into my desk and almost cried while I was studying for exams because someone in my house started coughing.
It makes going to the theatre very difficult (not like the insane prices don’t turn me off of it anyways) because all of the popcorn crunching and whispered voices drive me insane. It’s more so in the time before the movie actually begins that I get the most anxious. I’ve actually covered my ears for extended periods of time while watching movies at my house with my family because they’ve been eating sunflower seeds or chips. I often leave the room when people are eating so I don’t have to deal with the noises. I’ve cried because I’ve been so bothered by noises around me.
So you see, it’s much more than just being annoyed by certain sounds. Misophonia is really hard to understand for those who aren’t affected by it and it can often cause issues with loved ones. Thankfully there is a growing amount of information about it online, support forums, and even books on trying to learn how to deal with it (I’m reading this one!).
What does all this have to do with this simple and delicious recipe? Absolutely nothing! I just needed to share and get it off my chest because it’s something I find hard to talk about, so I decided to wrap it up in pictures and a fabulous recipe.
So now let’s talk about this sweet treat. This roasted peach with ginger coconut cream makes for a perfect end of summer dessert! It’s quick and easy to whip up and it’s also made of whole foods. Roasting the peach gets it all soft and really brings out a robust peachy flavour, then it’s topped with the cold ginger coconut cream (or ice cream!), and a sprinkle of granola for an essential crunch factor. This dessert gets bonus points because it can be easily made for however many bellies you need to feed!
The only thing between you and this wonderful dessert is a few minutes and a handful of ingredients. How much better could a dessert get?!
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- 1 peach
- 2 tsp maple syrup, divided
- 3 tbsp coconut cream*
- ½ tsp grated ginger**
- Halve and pit the peach. Place on a baking tray cut side down on an oiled baking tray.
- Set the oven to broil on high.
- Broil the peach for 4-6 minutes or until the skin begins to brown. Remove from oven, flip over and drizzle with 1 tsp of maple syrup. Place back in oven and broil for 4-6 more minutes, watching carefully that it doesn't burn.
- Once golden, remove from oven.
- For the ginger coconut cream, whip together the coconut cream, 1 tsp maple syrup (or more to taste), and ginger.
- Top the warm roasted peach with the ginger coconut cream and a sprinkle of granola.
**use a zester or microplane to grate the ginger very finely.