I love red pears. They are hard to get when really ripe and don't keep well. I got a few the other day and used one of them for dessert tonight. It was SO good and nice to have a warm dessert. Obviously quite ok to double etc as needed:
1/2 cup water 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
Bring water to boil and add sugar. Stir til dissolved. Reduce heat to simmer. Add, to taste, but don't overdo:
cinnamon ginger (I used fresh, I think I'd used dry ginger next time)
1 pear peeled, and cut. I quartered the pear, removed the core bits and then cut each piece in half.
Simmer for 20 or so minutes until just tender. serve warm or cool.
I think even people who aren't big pear fans would be thrilled with this, especially on a cool rainy day like today. Not overly sweet, not heavy, easy to make.
From the New York Times (requires free registration.)
Ferals have formed a little outlaw civilization in Riverside Park, just south of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Every morning before dawn, while most humans in the neighborhood are still asleep, the dozen animals that comprise this pack emerge from the park and line up on the stone wall along Riverside Drive in anticipation of the arrival of their prime benefactor, a local doorman who feeds them wet food before his morning shift.
Today, Bill the Cat was outside for a few minutes to enjoy some air and a little grass, while I harvested a little more catnip. For a 19 year old he does pretty darn good. He's seriously into head-butting and he's not shy about demanding food or slapping around other catnip-imbibing cohorts.
And in other news, I just finished the top for my challenge piece. I'm liking it. I just can't show you pictures or talk about it until later this month. Sorry.