It’s all quite perplexing. My friends pears have been sitting here for weeks now with no sign of ripening. They seem to be going from iron-hard to…wrinkled,old-looking and iron-hard. So I gave in and decided to poach some. Seven in fact. Thankfully I have about 30 more (also bordering on wrinkled/ iron-hard) because this recipe was so delicious!!
What a splendid way to start an autumn day, and what a “shame” that this autumn day was so warm and balmy, as this is kind of cosy-cold-morning food. A pear and mint smoothie would have been more appropriate. Or even a mango sorbet. Still……. it was a great way to begin October, on a scale of one to breakfasts. No excessively precise measurements here, as none are required.
Pear Compote Chopping time- 2 minutes. Stewing time, 15 minutes.
- 7 pears, roughly chopped.
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- pinch of salt
- about 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon of honey (or sweeten as desired)
Stew the pears until soft, adding a little water as required.
Sweet Couscous Chopping time- 5 minutes. Soaking time- 15 minutes. Cooking time- 5-7 minutes. You could have your fruit and nuts ready chopped/soaked for a super-quick breakfast.
- A variety of dried fruits that have been roughly chopped and left to soak in very warm water for 15 minutes.
I used: 10 small dates, 2 prunes, a handful of raisins, 4 dried apricots (unsulphured variety) Others- cranberries,sultanas,chopped dried figs etc
- A small handful of chopped nuts. I used: 5 almonds, and 10-12 pistachios. Others-pecans/walnuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
- A generous cup of water (use the soak water from your dried fruits)
- 1 cup of wholewheat couscous
- The other half of your lemon, juiced
- a pinch or two of orange zest (I always keep some in the freezer- so handy!)
- A generous teaspoon or two of honey
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (if you are not making the pear compote)
- Bring to the boil 1 generous cup of the soak water from your dried fruits, with the honey, lemon juice, salt, and orange zest.
- Add your couscous, stir, remove from heat, and leave covered for 5 minutes.
- Finally, fluff with a fork, stir in your splendid array of fruit and nuts, sweeten again to taste, and top with your pear compote.
Well, they say the weather is going to break on Sunday.
I have loved this gorgeous week of sun…but if it gets as cold as they say it is going to get, have no fear; I, and our 30 pears are ready for it!!