In season now, a pear makes the ideal base for creating something sweet or savoury, so ensure you have it handy.
Pear Salad with Cranberries and Feta
Experience a guaranteed burst of flavours with every bite of this salad.
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup dried cranberries
4 cups mixed salad greens
½ cup candied walnuts
2 pears, sliced
For the poppy seed dressing:
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp pepper, freshly ground
¼ cup of white vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp yellow mustard paste
A cup of sugar
½ cup of vegetable oil
- Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a tightly sealed jar, and shake vigorously until well combined.
- Divide the salad greens among four salad plates.
- Top with cranberries, walnuts, and pears.
- Sprinkle the feta cheese.
- Drizzle the poppy seed salad dressing over the salad.
This versatile slow-cooked jam will be the perfect accompaniment for hot buttered toast, an English muffin, or some funky blue cheese.
¼ tsp clove powder
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
3 tbsp honey
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1.3 kg ripe pears, peeled, cored, and diced
- Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over a medium-high flame and bring it to a boil.
- Reduce the flame to medium-low and simmer for about 50 minutes, covering the pan in a way that the lid is slightly open, and stir occasionally to prevent burning.
- Remove from the flame once it has reduced and thickened, and leave it to cool.
- Pulse the cooled mixture in a food processor until smooth.
- Transfer to a heat-proof container; you can store it in the fridge for a week.
An alternative to any chips or wafers, pair these with a dip of your choice.
2 firm pears
- Preheat the oven to 120°C.
- Chop off the top and bottom of the pears, and thinly slice as uniformly as possible.
- Place the pear slices on baking trays, ensuring that they don’t touch each other.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 75 minutes, then flip the slices over and bake for a further 75 minutes.
- Turn off the oven, leaving the pear crisps in for another hour to become crisp.