Altercation Discussion Point : Menu for Friday Night Getogether [Indian Theme]
Scene: Him sitting on the Kitchen slab, Me trying to set the coffee maker for morning for HIM!
P: “What’s for starters?”
Me: “Tandoori Chicken with Pudina[mint] Chutney!”
P: ” Hmm..main dishes?”
Me: ” Shahi Paneer, Butter Chicken,Okra,Naan..blah blah blah”
P: ” Okay ..Dessert?”
Me: ” Lets buy Gulab Jamun from Indian store!”
P: “hmm” [disappointment written all over his face]
Me: “Or maybe we can buy Rasmalai!”
P: ” Thats all rustic stuff…think sophisticated!!!”
Me : “%$&&#”
P: “What ?”
Me : ” &&#*%”
The next morning raging inside & determined NOT to slog out in the kitchen over dessert, I made these easy Indian Spiced Baked Pears for dessert…Kept my fingers crossed..didnt let P found out until the last moment
Result : “Huge HIT...I gave recipe to 2 out of 4 females who attended the dinner”.Makes up for a great dessert for Autumn/Fall or Thanksgiving!
Hence Proved: MEN..you cant live with them,You cant live without them!
Now its your turn to take a look.I have not adapted the recipe from anywhere..this time the inspiration was : SOPHISTICATION..this is completelty the fruit of my experimentation..so try at your own risk
Below is how I did it :
What I needed:
- 6 nos brown pears
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup honey [if u dont want to use honey,use same quantity sugar or more depending on how sweet u want]
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 tbsp crushed ginger
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 green cardamom
- 1 tsp saffron [generously heaped]
- a pinch of ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
How I did it :
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Wash the pears and pat them dry.Peel the pears,keep the stem intact.Cut a thin slice off the bottom, so that they stand upright!
- Arrange the pears in a baking dish.
- In a bowl, whisk the honey, sugar and water thoroughly.Add it to a sauce pan and heat it till the boiling point.Remove from heat and add all the spices, butter,salt and lemon juice.
- Pour the warm liquid over the pears and roast for 40-55 minutes till tender but not wrinkly or falling apart ,pouring the liquid from the dish over the pears [i.e. basting them] every 15 minutes.The time of baking will depend on the size& kind of pear used as well as on the oven settings.
- Once done,tranfer the pears to serving bowls or plate using a slotted spoon.
- Pour back the liquid from the baking dish into the sauce pan and bring to a boil.Let simmer untill slightly thickened.About 8 minutes.
- Pour the reduces liquid over the pears and garnish with bayleaves, cloves etc.
- You can serve warm or cold along side whipped cream or vanilla ice cream alternatively.
- These can last refrigerated up to 2 days…if you have leftovers that is
- You can increase/decrease or delete the spices as per your taste.
- Adding little lemon zest to the liquid will enhance the citrusy taste.