Its not very often in the West of Ireland that we have Mediterranean days. But when we do, there is no place as beautiful. The sunsets are truly like a Paul Henry or Percy French painting.
From golden oranges to twilight mauve’s, moving into the blues of the night. A simple refreshing after supper pudding are poached pears.
What you need:
4 nearly ripe pears. Make sure they firm.
3.5 cups of water.
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
4 cardamon pods
2 cups of white sugar
2 cups of medium dry white wine
2 table spoons of rose water
Mix water, wine, lemon juice, zest and cardamon in a large pot and bring to simmer over a medium heat. Add peeled pears with stems and poach for 7-12 minutes until tender but not mushy.
With a slotted spoon remove pears to a dish , add sugar to the remaining liquid and reduce to light syrup for 6-8 minutes. Remove cardamon pods and drizzle the wine syrup over the pears adding the rose water, serve in an elegant glass, serve watching the sunset. Serves 4.