Happy New Year! May 2010 bring joy, peace and lots of good food to you and all you love.
We flew back to London from Cape Town yesterday morning, very early. The idea was that we would land, spend the day cuddling Urchin and apologising for leaving her at home, then we'd have a nice dinner to celebrate the New Year and an early night.
Knowing that we wouldn't have a whole lot of time or inclination to shop after we got home, I'd made some plans. Lobster tails in the freezer, that sort of thing. And I had been thinking about dessert.
Friends gave us a jar of Italian honey infused with white truffle. Heaven. I had the idea that it would be nice in a pannacotta, subtly flavoured with gorgonzola, as a foil to some cherries bottled in eau de vie. I gave it a trial run. I thought it was lovely. Paul could NOT deal with his palate seeing dessert and tasting cheese.
So back to the drawing board. But I present to you the really gorgeous pears in red wine that I prepared to accompany my prototype pannacottas. So hard to go wrong with a pear in red wine. Fruit, spice, rich flavours but a clean finish. A classic!