Ginger Poached Pears with Almond

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Are you stuck on what to make for dessert in these cold months. Well do I have the one for you. Warming ginger poached pears with cinnamon and lemon served with creamy vanilla ice-cream and syrup. This is a great dessert with not much fuss. I love ginger and it goes perfectly with the pears and bonus clears any unwanted colds.

Ginger Poached Pears with Almond

Ingredients:

3 brown pears
1 cup sugar
2 ltr. water
¼ cup shaved root ginger
½ cinnamon stick
Peel of 1 lemon
4 tbsp. sliced almonds
vanilla ice-cream to serve

Method:

  1. In a medium size deep pot combine sugar, lemon peel, cinnamon stick, and water.
  2. Peel and core pears, add to pot, cover with circle of baking paper. *see pic below
  3. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer for 25-35 minutes until pears are tender will splice of a knife when tested. (you can think a poached pear is cooked but when you cool it can be hard so make sure they are cooked properly.)
  4. Split syrup in half and reduce by half or until thickened slightly.
  5. Strain and remove all ginger shavings, they will be used to garnish.
  6. Serve warm pear with vanilla ice cream, reduced poaching syrup, poached ginger shavings and sprinkle of sliced almonds.

Serves: 3

In medium deep pot combine sugar, lemon peel, cinnamon stick, shaved ginger done with a peeler like seen above.

In medium deep pot combine sugar, lemon peel, cinnamon stick, shaved ginger done with a peeler like seen above.

Peel pears evenly starting from the top moving to the bottom.

Peel pears evenly starting from the top moving to the bottom.

Remove the core, can be done with a melon baller or tsp.

Remove the core, can be done with a melon baller or tsp.

Make sure you remove all the seeds.

Make sure you remove all the seeds.

Ready to be poached.

Ready to be poached.

Add 2ltr of water to poaching pot followed by prepared pears.

Add 2ltr of water to poaching pot followed by prepared pears.

Cover with circle of baking paper, bring to the boil and simmer for 25-35 minutes.

Cover with circle of bakingpaper, bring to the boil and simmer for 25-35 minutes.

Remove pears from poaching liquid, cool. Split poaching liquid in half and reduce.

Remove pears from poaching liquid, cool. Split poaching liquid in half and reduce.

Serve warm pears with vanilla ice-cream and drizzle of hot syrup finished with the poached ginger and almonds.

Serve warm pears with vanilla ice-cream and drizzle of hot syrup finished with the poached ginger and almonds.

Sticky Soy Tofu

 

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Sticky soy tofu with spring onions and sesame

I never used to like tofu but it has defiantly grown on me.
I like to cook a lot of Asian inspired dishes influenced by my travels to south east asia. I like to use flavours that stand strong against each other.
This recipe is a very simple and packed with flavor!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. palm sugar, freshly shaven*
6 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 spring onions, sliced
1 tsp. garlic granules
1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
2 slices firm tofu

1 tsp. white sesame seeds
2 tsp. fresh coriander, ripped
Method:

  1. Combine soy sauce and palm sugar, stir well.
  2. Heat wok over a large flame, add sesame oil followed by spring onion, garlic and ginger.
  3. Sauté until lightly browned, add tofu.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes until brown, turn.
  5. Add soy sauce mixture, turn down flame to medium.
  6. Cook for 1 minute, turn over tofu and cook for a further 1 minute.
  7. Soya and palm sugar should have created a sticky sauce, baste tofu.
  8. Place tofu on plate, pour over sticky sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds and fresh coriander.

Serves: 1

*Palm sugar can be brought in small blocks from any Asian supermarket. Shave with blade of a knife by cutting downwards on a angle.

Ginger, Quince and Chinese Red Date Tea


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Ginger, Quince and Chinese Red Date Tea

This tea is a great way to start of any day or end. Made with ripe quince, dried chinese red dates and ginger it has a strong well-balanced tea. This tea is full of beneficial nutrients like vitamin C, Iron and large amounts of fibre .The quince has natural anti-inflammatory property’s and is great for weight loss and lowering blood pressure. Check out this link for more info on quince.  Nutrition And You.com

 

Ingredients

4 Quince, wash, core removed & large dice
1 large piece of root ginger, rough chop (around 10cm)
1 1/2 cup chinese red date*
2 ltr. water

Method

  1. In a large pot combine ginger, dates, quince and water.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer after 5 minutes.
  3. Simmer for 25 minutes stirring ocassionly.
  4. Add brown sugar and stir well, taste. ( It may require another tbsp. of brown sugar, if you have a sweeter tooth.)
  5. Ladle into a cup and enjoy this flavour packed health beneficial tea.
  6. Once you have got your serve, add more water to the tea the quince, dates and ginger still hold large amounts of nutrients and flavour so adding more water just makes the great tea last longer.  Just be sure to simmer it before serving.

*You can find Chinese Red dates at any asian supermarket.