Weekend treat

We planned for a nice meal that had sweet potato and pear side dish. Husband bought all the ingredients but was running late from work, so I was left to cook. I looked in the pantry for pears but all I found were apples, so I improvised. It turned out OK.

Of course the pears were there. They were red. I just assumed they would be yellow. So now I have rather unripe pears and no chocolate on a Friday night.

This is what is simmering on my stove at the moment:


Poached Ginger Pears


Poached Ginger Pears
Photo: David Prince
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m | Total Time: 25m



  1. Combine 1 cup water with sugar, whole cloves, and ground ginger in a large, deep skillet. Heat to simmering, then add the pears to the liquid.
  2. Cook, basting occasionally, until tender yet firm, about 10 minutes. Remove the pears. Increase heat to high. Boil the liquid until it is reduced and syrupy.
  3. Pour over the pears. Serve warm or chilled.

By Jane Kirby and Leslie Pendleton,  April 2004

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 195
  • Calcium 17mg
  • Carbohydrate 51g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Fat 0g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Iron 0mg
  • Protein 1mg
  • Sat Fat 0g
  • Sodium 2mg

Recipe courtesy of www.realsimple.com.

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  1. Stasha May 7, 2011 at 13:26 #

    Twitter: NorthWestMommy
    It was yummy. And easy to make. Maybe a tad too sweet, but hey-it’s dessert, right?

  2. Matilda May 7, 2011 at 15:01 #

    Looks delicious.

  3. jacqui May 8, 2011 at 14:10 #

    Twitter: chicktuition
    They look really good. But I think instead of the recipe, you should have just made a huge batch of them and mailed them out to everyone. It would’ve been really nice of you!
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    • Stasha May 8, 2011 at 16:02 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I will redeem myself, soon!

  4. Jessica May 9, 2011 at 01:18 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    I’ve heard of these before and always wanted to try them but never have. Maybe that is because I couldn’t find anyone to cook them for me. What are you doing this weekend? Feel like sending some my way? 😉
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