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Friday, October 15, 2010

Honey Poached Pear Salad

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are you getting fruited out? sorry about that. actually, i'm feeling unapologetic about it. i'll tell you why. poached pears? it's a godsend. it warms the abode up, like how stew or soup does, but with a floral air, making you feel heady with anticipation of a light dessert that'll leave you wondering why all your life you shunned pears, shaming you for not paying more attention to the fruit. in the past month or so, i've poached pears in wine twice ~ once in red wine, using this recipe by Laura Calder. it calls for 5 hours in the oven, and the slow prep made the pears so tender, so beautifully red-hued that i took no time to snap pictures, i was only interested in consuming them. the next time i poached them, in white wine this time, was for a girls' night in. i took the short route and did it on the stove top, on medium heat and spiced the wine with a cinnamon stick and a few cloves, for about 25-30 minutes. either way was delicious.

recently, in a fit of clearing my bookshelf, i went thru my pile of old Bon Appetit magazines, tearing out recipes that tickled my fancy. this one caught my eye. i didn't follow it totally: i used walnuts, mixed greens, did not make the thyme-verjus dressing and of course, there was no measuring of any kind. dude. unless it's baking, i rarely measure. i liked it so much, i made it again the next day, only this time slapping it on a piece of toasted apple cinnamon swirl bread. that is how i roll.

new blog crush: Kitsch in the Kitchen.

lastly, i finally updated my bucket/life list, which can also be found on top of the page. what's on yours? and seriously, if there is any mocking (like how Nuria scoffed (who does that? a DREAM CRUSHER IS WHO!) at my desire to go to Hogwarts or to meet Keanu Reeves), as Mark says: "I hope your underpants turn into bedbugs."

have a loverly weekend.

10 comments:

  1. This looks fabulous! I need to find a little Asian who can cook to come live with me.

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  2. hi there, just stumbled onto your blog from tastespotting... i've been thinking about poached pears for weeks but haven't gotten to it. savory or sweet, couldn't decide... your recipe is something i would totally order off the menu- i like it! love the title of your blog as well.
    ~Chef Louise

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  3. i'll never stop loving pears. this looks delicious!

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  4. @elleswim, if i could feed the world with what i make (& make a decent living from it), i totally would. if you were nearby i'd make this for you.

    @david, thank you!

    @chef Louise, thank you for visiting. i can't say enough great things about poaching pears, it's just so wonderful.

    @LimeCake, thank you, i made it uh-gain this weekend! :)

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  5. yum, I love pears in savoury dishes but I never thought to poach them. It sounds delicious.

    And, thanks for linking to my blog. I'm super flattered!

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  6. yum, I love pears in savoury dishes but I never thought to poach them. It sounds delicious.

    And, thanks for linking to my blog. I'm super flattered!

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  7. This looks fabulous! I need to find a little Asian who can cook to come live with me.

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  8. hi there, just stumbled onto your blog from tastespotting... i've been thinking about poached pears for weeks but haven't gotten to it. savory or sweet, couldn't decide... your recipe is something i would totally order off the menu- i like it! love the title of your blog as well.
    ~Chef Louise

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