My housemate returned from the bottle shop yesterday afternoon with a perplexed expression.
“There was no wine,” he said. “In the bottle-o. None at all. Not a single bottle of wine to sell. I don’t know what kind of business doesn’t sell wine at a bottle shop, but-”
“You bought scotch instead, didn’t you?” I raised an eyebrow.
“Huh! Absolutely NOT!” he said, hiding a bottle of Talisker behind his back. “Oh this one? Nah, I found it. Definitely didn’t buy it instead of wine. They didn’t have wine. No wine at the bottle shop. How strange is that? No wine at all…..Want a scotch?”
For this recipe, you will need to find a bottle shop that sells wine. Or you’ll need to get leftover wine – the type I was hoping to get instead of leftover scotch. However it is that you manage to procure your wine doesn’t really matter. You just need it.
You need it because you NEED these pears.
Make a meal of it:
5 Bosc pears, peeled
2 cups red wine
2 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise
A couple of shakes of ground nutmeg
Drop of vanilla essence
1/3 cup brown sugar
Handful of walnuts
1. Bring wine, water, sugar and spices to the boil.
2. Add the pears, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
3. Serve hot or cold with a slice of ricotta, a handful of walnuts and a drizzle of honey.