Definitions

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  • n. A dessert made originally from peach (now from other fruits), ice cream, and raspberry

Etymologies

From Peach Melba, a dish invented for Nellie Melba, an Australian opera singer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In our cupboard, these were our staples: pimiento-stuffed olives, moldy jars of cocktail sauce, TV dinners, stale melba toast.

    The Memory Palace

  • I will no doubt be in a better mood after a month in France and thus will be as boring as melba toast upon my return to Lake Chapala.

    Renting in Ajijic

  • Warmer and more welcoming than bruschetta or melba toast, and more interesting than pastry, blinis are one of those things, like cheese straws, that's really only worth eating if you make them yourself.

    How to cook perfect blinis

  • So practical was her creation that it proved an instant hit with the fashionable hostesses of the decade: "Not since Escoffier invented peach melba has a dish so fast become so famous," Prue Leith has observed.

    How to cook perfect coronation chicken

  • Then the melba toast ideologue decided to become the arbiter of what's funny and said to the caller, the black wife of a bi-racial couple, "If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry outside of your race!"

    Tina Dupuy: Living in a 'Post-Racist' Society

  • The proper way to make melba toast: cut off crust and then cut horizontally from the edge to make one slice into two very thing slices.

    Samantha Zalaznick: Reporting Back From The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

  • For breezing through Abu Dhabi, it's the one-shoulder caftan — a river of peach-melba polyester flooding down her like a slippery piano shawl ($325).

    ‘Sex and the City’ and Halston

  • Its room service options, according to this excellent menu, include grilled double lamb chops, steak au poivre with cognac, and peach melba. mabelson@observer.com

    The Prisoner of Park Avenue! Neil Simon Buys Again in Ritz Tower

  • The alpine swift Apus melba africanus and alpine meadow lizard Algyroides alleni are near endemic.

    Mount Kenya National Park and National Forest, Kenya

  • My bride and I sat across from each other, eating olive tapenade on melba crisps and table wafers, white cheddar cheese, salami, fresh sliced green, yellow and red peppers, and a date-walnut cake.

    At the End of a Day

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  • A small city in SW Idaho, situated in the Snake River valley.

    March 15, 2011

  • Melba in food names, e.g. peach melba, is after Dame Nellie Melba, an opera singer. I pass her house (now owned by her granddaughter) every time I go home to visit my parents.

    April 6, 2010

  • As in toast.

    December 6, 2006