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Poaching is a great way to preserve fruits that are in season, and nothing beats a mouth-watering poached pear. Pears have a more buttery and grittier texture than cooked applPearses — you will find a variety in season during winter such as the Packam, Williams and the Bosc pear. This recipe serves four.

  1.  Simply combine in a medium saucepan:
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cinnamon stick.

    Bring to the boil over a medium-high heat and boil for three minutes.

  2. Reduce the heat and add two peeled, halved and cored pears and simmer for 20–30 minutes or until tender.
  3. Remove pears from the syrup and chill them in a refrigerator.

Serve with cream and/or ice-cream for a lip-smacking dessert. Very ripe pears will break down quickly when cooked so it is best to use just-ripe pears for this recipe as they will keep their shape.

Free-form Pear and Chocolate Tart

If you are looking for a more decadent dessert, try the Free-form Pear and Chocolate Tart on p. 423 of The Food Book. Free-form tarts are more rustic than traditional tarts as you make it without a tin. This recipe uses a sweet shortcrust pastry and showcases skills such as kneading, whisking, rubbing in, slicing, rolling out and baking. The end product is always a winner with children and adults alike!

What ideas do you have for pears? We would love to hear about your recipes whether it be a simple salad or something more complex.

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Mother’s Day is celebrated on every second Sunday in May in Australia. It is a special day for families to get together to show their love and appreciation for their mums. There are many ways to show this, a crowd pleaser is the luxurious breakfast in bed option — a treat we all know is a sure-fire winner.

The Food Book has lots of ideas for breakfast, from the Simple Fruit Salad (p. 126)  — using fruits that are  in season — to hearty and nutritious Baked Beans (p.141) and scrumptious, No-fail Pancakes (p. 130 with ideas for variations on p.131).

Eggs are a healthy and savoury option, boil them, fry them, scramble them and poach them (p. 134 -136). Or for those with plenty of time, OR (hint) helpers, try The Big Breakfast (p. 142-143) which includes Poached Eggs plus the following recipes: Hash Browns, Grilled Sausages, Grilled Bacon, Garlic Mushrooms, Grilled Tomatoes and Wilted Spinach that will keep your Mum going until well into the afternoon!

The Big Breakfast

The Food Book app has step-by-step photos for these breakfast recipes – download a copy on your iPad for a sure-fire way to your mum’s heart on Mother’s Day – through her stomach! 🙂 What ways are you going to show your love and appreciation for mum this Mother’s Day? Do you have a special treat you are going to make?