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I love fall. The crisp air, the cooler temperatures and the abundance of fruits and vegetables. After all the salads and cool dishes of summer, I enjoy making the stews, roasts and comfy dishes of fall.
One of those are the pears in red wine. I love that they can be a side dish to a roast, as well as a delicious, simple but elegant dessert. They are festive and yet easy to make. What‘s not to like?
The word 'Summer' always brings a smile on my face and reminds me of all the beautiful colors that look particularly brighter in this season. I came across this recipe of 'Rainbow Salad' on Instagram by Nandita Iyer, the author of 'The everyday healthy Vegetarian'. Rainbow Salad- The name was so apt, because this is exactly a big bowl of colors. Apart from being so nutritious, all the colors are extremely appealing to the eyes. When I saw the topic of Summer Salads, I immediately remembered Nandita's Salad. The salad is extremely customizable to what you have available in the kitchen and is super easy to make.
When I was a kid, I loved all the Christmas smells and scents coming from the kitchen! From the french toast that we would eat for breakfast to the delicious roasted chicken, not the boiled cabbages (ugh), the house smelled like cinnamon, spices, and pine. I called my mom to ask for her Drunken Pears recipe because the Holidays are coming and I want to fill my house with those smells from my childhood. Except that now I might eat the pears instead of just drinking the hot syrup, like when I was kid :D
For the Global cuisine challenge.
Pear, almond and pistachio tart, based on a classic Spanish Santiago tart, with added fruit and nut. Heat your oven to 170 degrees C. Whisk 4 eggs with 250g sugar until the colour is pale yellow. Chop or coarsely grind 50g unsalted pistachio nuts and add these and 200g ground almonds to the egg mixture. Add 50g softened butter. Whisk it all until soft and creamy. Grease a round tart tin, 30cm diameter and pour in the cake mix. Peel 2 small or 1 very large pear (comice or Williams are good for this) and cut into even slices about 1cm thick at the outer edge. Arrange the pear slices around the cake, pressing them into the mixture so that they’re slightly covered. Bake for 35 minutes or until the cake mixture is just firm to touch. Let it cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out. It’s really good served with a dollop of plain yoghurt. It’s supposed to serve 8 people, but nobody would get seconds, so I would say it serves 4 to 6.
Much to my chagrin, and beyond my mortal ability to use denial to cancel it out, I'm a delicate flower when it comes to food and have allergies that render me blank, fatigued, and bed-ridden. This state of functioning is contra-indicated to writing and art-making so when I find a life giving, brain refreshing, delicious recipe such as this one, it is just nice.
So in honor of impending Spring, here's a recipe for a salad I just gathered and devoured, that is delicious AND healthy. Because I know some of you are delicate flowers too. Enjoy!