December 07, 2008

Poached Pears and Random Musings

The recipe for these spiced poached pears with ginger crème anglaise and chocolate sauce comes from Simple to Spectacular: How to Take One Basic Recipe to Four Levels of Sophistication by Jean Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman. I got this book out of the library, did not make nearly enough out of it before returning it and now I need it back. What that means for me is a trip to the library. What that means for you is that there’s no recipe today and instead I’m subjecting you to Random Musings

  • Just because I can complete Jessie’s Girl on expert on Guitar Hero does not mean I can play the guitar. Nor does it make me particularly good at the rest of the songs on GH.

  • Snow would be so much more awesome if it weren’t so damn cold.

  • I like using wooden spoons in the kitchen, especially homemade ones. Substitutions for wooden spoons are always inadequate.

  • Backhanded compliments make me angry.

  • No matter how good I am at tennis I will never be as good as a wall. (Ok, so that one belongs to Mitch Hedberg, but you can’t help but agree with him).

  • Ducks are funny.

  • Sometimes I like to drop random comments into conversation just to see if people are paying attention.

  • Ice cream should totally be marketed as a breakfast food, especially if there’s fruit in it. Who doesn’t need a serving of dairy and fruit to start their day?

  • I don’t always tell people I have a food blog because I don’t want to think about censoring my writing based on who I know is reading.

  • Poached pears are surprisingly good. I will make them again. Maybe with red wine next time.

The floor is open, any thoughts?


Snooky doodle said...

these look good. I ve never made them but pears poached in red wine look so nice and festive I bet they would be great.

Sara said...

you know what's worse than snow? freezing rain. especially freezing rain that wakes you up at 4:30 and then you can't go back to sleep.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I've never tried poached pears w/creme anglaise--that'll go on the to-do list. And pssh, snow being cold is the best part! ;-)

Manggy said...

Sometimes I like to drop random comments into conversation just to see if people are paying attention
Turns out they were and now think you're nuts! :P
I remember an old episode of The Apprentice, where they make Donut Gelato which actually won over Raspberry-White Chocolate! They marketed it as "breakfast ice cream," heh :)

Anonymous said...

Ha! I love your random musings! Ice Cream should totally totally be marketed as breakfast food.

janelle said...

I have been meaning to make poached pears; sounds awesome. OKAY I mean I have been meaning to have a pear themed party and poached pears would be perfect. LOVED the musings:) I agree, snow would be better if it wasn't so darn cold:).

Unknown said...

I haven't actually poached pears in red wine; I've always used sweet white wine. I'll def look into Jean Georges and Mark (how could one go wrong) but I also just found a great looking poached pear recipe from Simon Hopkinson's brand new book, posted here: Thanks for the inspiration tp pear-hunt!