Pears are often thought of as the red headed step child of the uber-adored apple.
But not in our kitchen! We celebrate that funky shaped fruit and make it the main event in this sexy, sophisticated compote. Yup, we just called a compote “sexy”.
Rosemary Pear Compote
Time: 20 minutes
3 pears, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 sprig of rosemary
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
1 orange, zested
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1-2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Ground black pepper, to taste
Prep your pears by peeling, coring and chopping them into very small chunks (the smaller you chop them the more quickly they will break down/ cook, and the easier it will be for the flavors to marry)
Put the pears in sauce pan on medium-high heat and mix with a wooden spoon. As juices begin to release use a potato masher to mash the pears down. Once they start to break down (5-7 minutes), add in the rest of your ingredients. If the mixture seems like it is really dry or burning you can add some of the juice from the orange.
Mix again to combine everything. Turn the heat down to medium-low and allow the flavors to mingle for another 10 minutes or so.
Fish out the rosemary sprig and put the compote in jars. Allow them to cool to room temp before putting them in the fridge. This is excellent with crackers and cheese. Also great with turkey or lamb.
Thanksgiving is most definitely our favorite food holiday but after a day of indulging and subsequent servings of leftovers… we need a little break!
Even though we both had a glorious long weekend with our families we came back to NYC feeling as stuffed as turkeys!
We figured if we were feeling this way, you probably were too! So we wanted to share some of the best beverages for getting your belly back on track. If you ever find your digestion out of whack or need to give your metabolism a kick in a pants, just try one of these drinks.
Depending on your preference we have a cold option and a hot option. Try them both and let us know what you think!
Slim Waist Water
Servings: about 8
Time: 5 minutes
2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
Juice of 2 limes
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Few drops of Stevia to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and drink! Aim to have one pitcher every one
to two days.
Tummy Taming Tonic
Servings: about 4
Time: 5 minutes
2 cups boiling water
1 bag of ginger tea or 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Juice of ½ lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon, more to taste
Combine all ingredients and enjoy! Aim to have 2-3 cups per day.