Welcome to Foodie Friday!
I've spent the week playing with herbs and trying new recipes.
5 pears -- peeled; leave stems.
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
3 vanilla beans
Slice bottoms of pears to prevent them from falling over
while baking. Place pears in a deep baking pan.
Slice vanilla beans and scoop out beans. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix 16 ounces white wine (or cooking wine), zest from 2 lemons,
pinch of salt, dash of cinnamon, 2 cups light brown sugar, vanilla beans, 1/4 cup honey.
Mix. Add 1/4 cup almonds, 3 bay leaves, and a handful of chopped, fresh rosemary.
Pour over pears.
Cut lemons into quarters and place around pears in pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes.
Remove pears from oven. Using a slotted spoon,
remove pears from pan and place in the refrigerator.
Put pan with drippings onto the cooktop and reduce
over a low flame for an hour, stirring now and then.
When you are ready to serve the pears,
remove from fridge and spoon sauce over the pears. Garnish
with rosemary and almonds, if desired.
My husband truly loved these pears.
I raided my herb garden this week and made all kinds of
salts and rubs. The lemon-thyme seasoning salt was so aromatic,
my house smelled like Williams-Sonoma. It's great on food, too!
Click HERE for the recipe.
"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
As many of you know, I have a little herb garden at Rattlebridge.
If it hadn't been for this garden, I don't think Will would
have agreed to buy the house. Though he's a country doctor,
he's a farmer at heart. He couldn't resist the blooming lavender.
The other day we were gathering rosemary for the pear recipe, and Will said
he wished he had a vegetable garden. "You can plant tomatoes with the herbs," I said.
"No," he said, shaking his head. "It's too pretty of a garden. But someday,
I'll have a vegetable garden."
“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories. Sometimes people went to sleep in them for a hundred years, which she had thought must be rather stupid. She had no intention of going to sleep, and, in fact, she was becoming wider awake every day which passed at Misselthwaite.”
I decided to make Will a small vegetable garden for Father's Day, but I didn't have much time. So Medana and I put our heads together. My plan was to install the garden but leave the "squares"
bare. That way, Will could plant what he wanted.
Bandwidth and I decided that we would present the garden-to-be on Father's Day.
But Will discovered it on his own. He never goes to Rattlebridge alone, but I have
been feeling poorly for a few days--so pokey and slow that I bought a bottle of Geritol, what my grandmother used to take. Anyway, Will stopped by the house and discovered the secret garden.
Photo Credit: Medana H.
He immediately called me.
"It's the best Father's Day present, ever," he said.
Photo Credit: Medana H.
Will is trying to decide what to plant. It's a bit late in the season,
but he'll find something.
Our Foodie Friday "Pick of the Week" is Debbie at Mountain Breaths. She embellished
a store-bought cake with edible butterflies and presented it on a Mackenzie Childs' pedestal platter.
To read about this cake, visit Debbie at Mountain Breaths.
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Thanks so much for visiting today. I am always inspired by your recipes--and by you. Food blogging is more difficult than any kind because of the sheer work that goes on behind the scenes--planning, shopping, prep work, cooking, taking photographs, culling those photos, and cleaning. I am amazed by your ideas and creativity.
Have a great, food-filled weekend.