happy sunday! can you believe how fast this pre christmas season is going by? it's unnerving... my house looks rather christmasy as it is, already, so that part is pretty much covered. so far, i've decorated with many candles and silver votives everywhere, a tiny christmas tree (it's outside... so it doesn't really count... for all those, who were going to remark on the fact that it's way too early for a christmas tree), pinecones in a champagne cooler, some silver bells in a large glass jar and a few other tidbits around the house.
yesterday, we even made our own wreath in a group of girls. we started with brunch (we had cheese with those sweet sauternes sauteed pears, and a few selected sweets) and continued with each one making their own wreath. it was a fine bunch of girls and a despite the warm (!) weather, i think it was a pretty christmassy experience.
some more christmas preps are coming. apart from the obvious gift hunt at hand, there is some serious diy action going on... like, tomorrow i'm going to make 3 large jars full of preserved lemons (as gifts), pickle some cherry peppers, make a couple of different cookies (vanilla crescents, it's a must), jar some more tai tea, buy (or make?) a table linen (omg, that task... it's freaking me out) and make a table decor (consisting of small clay pots filled with moss and a candle) for our christmas dinner. there is lots to do, still!
6 pears, peeled
1 liter sauternes or other sweet white wine
1 cup acacia honey
3 star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
6 fresh bay leaves
put the sauternes, peeled pears, honey and spices in a large saucepan. sautee for 10 minutes, turning the pears over occasionally, until tender. drain. preheat the oven with the grill function on. place the pears on a baking sheet line with parchment paper and bake them for only a few minutes, until the pear tops are colored golden-brown. let cool. pierce the bay leaves into the pears. serve with cheese.