This is a treat that’s not too sweet … a little spicy and zingy with a swing and a tang .. kapow!!
2 large green Packham pears, firm
6 cardamon seeds, smashed open
1 star anise
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 cup filtered water
Peel and core the pears and cut into eight segments each.
In a saucepan on a medium heat bring the water to the boil with the spices.
Place the pears into the poaching water, cover and turn down low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them – the idea is al dente pear – the only way to poach in my humble opinion.
Remove when done and serve with sliced strawberries and a scoop of passionfruit and a dollop of coconut cream if you are feeling that way inclined. You could serve with nut cream instead of coconut cream – simply blend peeled apple with blanched almonds and a little water till it becomes creamy …. mmmmm