27 November 2006

Christmas on Thanksgiving

Brrrrr. It is currently a roasting 19 degrees Farenheit in beautiful Bellingham. I am peering out onto a thick quilt of snow on my porch, say approximately 12 inches! An unusual happening for so early in the year, we were blessed with 1 foot of snow over a 24 hour period and an extra day off from school. I thought if you were homebound too you'd like to see the sights out my window. Surely at a whopping 19 degrees, you won't be going much of anywhere either. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Ours was spent with friends and good food and wine and we enjoyed each other's company. It was relaxing and without any pressure. I tried a new recipe which was amazingly easy and very delicious:

Poached Pears in Raspberry Puree

  • 6 pears

  • 10 oz frozen raspberries, thawed (in their own juice)

  • 3 C water

  • 1 C sugar (white)

  • 1 vanilla bean

  • orange peel & cinnamon stick (optional)

Combine water and sugar in deep pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the vanilla bean, orange peel and/or cinnamon stick if using. Peel pears and keep stems intact. Add pears to the syrup. Add water if necessary to cover the pears. Simmer 20-40 minutes until tender. Cool in the syrup.

Gently core the pears from the bottom removing the seeds with a spoon or mellon baller. Puree or mash the raspberries in their own syrup. Divid the puree amont dessert dishes and top each with a whole pear. For a little extra flamboyance, garnish with mint or cinnamon stick.

1 comment:

andi said...

Yay! You got an extra day home from school!

And it was so fun being able to spend Thanksgiving with you guys. AND those pears were super good :)