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21 Days to go

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Taking advantage of my last sips of the delicious Caramel Machiatto I decided to write a bit. I just came back from doing some shopping for St. Nicholas. I bought lots and lots of sweets, tea cups and warm socks for my parents and for my grandmother. I’m very excited about this Christmas. Actually, no, I’m excited about Christmas in general, to be honest. I know, I know, it’s “over commercialized” and so on. I’ve heard this side of the story, too, because one my friends is a very cynical soul ( so am I in general, up to a point ). 

i just can’t help it, that warm feeling inside once December starts. I love everything about it. I get so excited when the first Coca-Cola commercial with Santa comes up in the cinemas, or when Starbucks change their cups to red. I love listening to carols on the radio, all of them! ( Last Christmas was once my favourite song, so yeah…). I enjoy the slight taste of cinnamon in every food and I actually always wanted to have one of those ridiculous red-reindeer jumpers. I can’t wait to walk with my best friend around the shops and buy all kinds of stupid things for the relatives or help her choose a gift for her mum. Or, walking under the lights in city centre, taking pictures. What about those cute Christmas-markets, where they sell mulled wine and ginger bread?

 I mean, how can anyone really hate Christmas?

I agree that the world doesn’t get better for a month, that people don’t change just because they see some lights on the streets and drink more hot chocolate. But it does send a positive message, to spread joy, make people smile. It should be more about that than about buying huge presents, I agree. And, like it or not, I actually think it brings a bit of warmth in this cold months.

 

 My favourite seasonal songs (that you probably never even heard) to cheer up all the grumpy cats out there:

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Cooking Tuesday: Red wine soaked pears with raspberry sauce

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For aujourd’hui I prepared a most special dessert that will get you intoxicated with pleasure : Red wine soaked pears with raspberry sauce. It sounds sofisticated, sweet, glamorous but I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s not even that hard to make! So pick up that bottle of delicious Pinot noir because … I just love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in my food!

What you need:

4 ripe pears, peeled
About 4 cups dry red wine (we used pinot noir)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
About 8 scoops of ice cream (we used chocolate Arctic Zero)

About 3 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine sauce (reserved from pears)

What to do:
Combine the sugars, red wine and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil and then reduce to low. Add the pears and drizzle with red wine sauce.
Cover mixture with a cover. Poach pears for about 10 more minutes, or until soft. Using a slotted spoon, move the pears to a bowl. Pour the sauce over the pears and let mixture come to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Turn the pears every few minutes to ensure the color is a deep red.
Meanwhile, make the raspberry sauce by heating the raspberries, sugar and 1/4 cup of the red wine reduction from the pears. Cook over medium heat until mixture is bubbly and thick. Using a potato masher, mash the raspberries to make a thick sauce.
Serve the pears over 2-3 scoops of ice cream. Drizzle with raspberry sauce and serve.

Can you believe it is this easy to create such a special dessert? Try it yourself and tell me how much you loved it 🙂

Love, M.

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Recipe take from here