I am finally here in NYC after a long 22-hour flight. *Phew* I might have told some of you that I will be in NYC and Connecticut for work, and here I am! Work has brought me to US, and I will be in Connecticut over the next 2 months. This is my first work trip, so I am really excited about this. Amidst the excitement, I was bored stiff during my flight, so I tried to kill some time during my flight with this post:
Since I started on my new job, I have not had much time to cook (or even blog). Breakfast has been my usual fuss-free savory oatmeal, fruit salad or granola; lunch has been on-the-go; dinner has been more of a social gathering with different groups of friends. While I think catching up with friends over dinner is a wonderful thing to do, I find myself missing home-cooked meals, and spending some personal time in the kitchen.
So when I finally managed to sneak in some time on Saturday morning, I decided to kick start the weekend with some dessert for breakfast – Vanilla-scented Poached Pears. Since the theme for this fortnight’s cookbook challenge is ‘Desserts’, I am sending this in for that.
Poached fruits are not what one would typically think of when desserts are concerned; chocolate usually tops my list for desserts. They are like the unsung hero amongst desserts . You often forget about them, until someone reminds you about how great they are. For me, that ‘someone’ is The Candle Cafe Cookbook – a cookbook that my friend, May, gave me when she returned from her New York trip some time back. The Candle Cafe Cookbook is a cookbook by the Candle Cafe, a vegan restaurant that May fell in love with during her trip to NYC. Knowing that I enjoy vegan dishes as much as she does, May decided to share with me a slice of her trip, and bought me this cookbook. I have since tried several recipes from this cookbook, and the dishes have always turned out well; this time is not the exception.
This poached pear doubles up perfectly as a lovely breakfast when served over a bowl of oatmeal porridge. That is the beauty of any form of poached or grilled fruits – it is so versatile. If you are craving for a dessert, serve it with ice cream, and if you want a sweet weekend breakfast, serve it with yoghurt or oatmeal!!
Happy July 4th to all my friends in US!
Vanilla-Scented Poached Pears
Adapted from The Candle Cafe Cookbook
4 medium pears, washed and peeled
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup cranberries (I used dried cranberries)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup apple juice (I used unsweetened apple juice)
2 tsp vanilla extract
- Peel the pears and cut them in half from stem to base. Core the pears and leave the bottoms intact. Drizzle them with lemon juice.
- Fill each pear with an equal portion of cranberries and almonds. Sprinkle the pears with ground cinnamon.
- Place the pears – filled side up- in a saucepan; add the cinnamon sticks to the pan and pour the apple juice and vanilla extract around the pears.
- Simmer, uncovered, over medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Serve warm on its own, with ice cream, or over a bowl of oatmeal. Enjoy!
These were great with dried cranberries, but I believe they would have been even better with fresh cranberries.
How do you kill time during a long-haul flight?
What is the first dessert that you think of?