I just read a tweet that really excited me! ‘The Glorious Pear’, by @nigelslater. The Radio 4 Food Programme is all about the Pear today! ‘How wonderful’ I thought, having just enjoyed a pear. A really ripe juicy organic pear. When they’re good they’re so good. They’re not like apples, they can’t be enjoyed all year round. They’re best fully ripe and in season, and if they’re not fully ripe and in season, they’re just not good. Oh I love their subtle sweetness, their juicy flesh encased in that skin that sort of disintegrates… it sort of alludes to protection of the flesh but melts in the mouth… so soft, so kind is the pear!
I do very little cooking with pears, I think they’re best enjoyed raw, fresh and juicy… but with a glut of pears I’m having to be creative, so I enjoyed a spiced porridge with pears the other morning, and here it is…
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 handful oats
1 tbsp ground almonds
1 tbsp coconut cream
oat milk to cover
1. Add a handful of oats to the pan
2. Dollop on the coconut cream
3. Core and chop the pears and add to the pan.
4. Sprinkle with the cinnamon.
5. Cover with Oat milk and simmer until soft.
This is a lovely subtle Autumnal porridge. And for those of you who say ‘bleugh’ to claggy oats… How about simmering down the pears and cinnamon and serving on top of Greek Yoghurt?
Tune in to BBC Radio 4 today at 12.30GMT for the Pear show!