“If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking, therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane.” Taken from The World According to Garp by John Irving.

I was laid low over the weekend with a bout of flu. I know I am way behind with catching up on all my friends’ blogs. I’ll do my best to catch up, but my brain still feels as though it’s shrouded in cotton wool. Please forgive my absence.

Tandy’s current seasonal challenge is to cook with pears; one of my favourite fruits. I used Gioconda Scott’s recipe from Paradise Kitchen and chose to serve the pears with a blue cheese on rockette, although it would have been equally delicious with ice cream or pouring cream.


50 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m really glad you’re feeling better. what a super quote – i luv irving. however, me in a cooks apron only means i’ve lost sanity once and for all.
    pear w cheese -oh yum. please come to california.

  2. earlybird says:

    Hope you’re feeling much better soon. I didn’t know that quote. Love it. So true.

  3. Looks gorgeous: those colours! Sorry to hear you’ve been poorly, and glad you’re beginning to surface.
    Take your time 🙂

  4. sue chef says:

    How pretty that looks! Sorry that you have been under the weather.

  5. that salad looks just wonderful

  6. slpmartin says:

    Sorry to hear about you illness…given you schedule I’m sure fatigue enters into the formula…take good care of yourself.

  7. now get yourself properly better. this is awful so early in the winter

  8. Really hope you are feeling better soon – so not fun being sick!.
    Your pears look fabulous!
    🙂 Mandy

  9. Tandy says:

    Hope you feel better soon! I have tried to read the book 3 times, each time I get to the same word and stop 🙂 Thanks for taking part in this challenge 🙂

  10. adeeyoyo says:

    I love pears and poached in red wine with icecream – mbwaa – delish! Glad you’re better 🙂

  11. bluebee says:

    Just delicious, Cin and the photos are beautifully done (sounds like you need some homemade chicken soup to get rid of that lurgy – wishing you some pampered R&R on the road to recovery)

  12. nursemyra says:

    Sorry you’ve been unwell Cindy. Your pears look marvellous

  13. veralda says:

    personally I think it would not have been as nice with the ice cream or cream, the blue cheese just brings out the taste supberbly

  14. Tilly Bud says:

    OO, matron! Saucy 🙂

  15. Madmom says:

    Get better soon, Cindy.
    I prefer pears with a choccie sauce but yours looks wonderful.

  16. Pseu says:

    Have you ever cooked them in ginger wine? YUM

    1. nrhatch says:

      Ginger + pears = yummy!

  17. Go gentle as you pad through to recovery, Cin.

  18. Sally says:

    Always love a good pun in a title! The pear/blue cheese pairing (sorry) is one of my absolute favourites. Hope you are feeling on top of the world soon.

  19. I made lamb shank with pears and cranberry compote this weekend! Hope you get better soon.

  20. Hopefully you’re getting to better, and real soon 🙂

    I can’t even imagine what pears and blue cheese must taste like, but it sure looks pretty 😀

  21. Yvette says:

    Love these flavours, Italians have a saying
    “Al contadino non far sapere quanto è buono il cacio con le pere.”
    Translation: “Don’t tell a peasant how well cheese goes with pears.”
    A wonderful combination of flavours. x

  22. Tes says:

    I hope you feel so much better now 🙂
    Your pear looks so amazing 🙂 I love the color and flavour combo in this dish.

  23. mairedubhtx says:

    They look delicious. I’ve never seen pears like that.
    By the way, my blog is moving. http://fatimadms1949.wordpress.com

  24. Tammy McLeod says:

    Don’t I love that Garp quote? you may see it again and lovely pears too.

  25. We love pears! I’m sorry to hear you have been ill. I hope you feel well again soon. We like blue cheese, too. Sounds like a great combination. Blessings to you, Cindy…

  26. gospelwriter says:

    Oh, I do love poached pears – those look delicious! Hope you’re feeling better, Cin…

  27. nrhatch says:

    It’s horrible when my head is stuffed with cotton balls and cobwebs and I can’t think straight.

    Feel better soon! We’ll miss your keen wit. 😀

  28. mairedubhtx says:

    Feel better soon.

  29. I didn’t know you could get the New York City Rockettes to come over and dance along with your wine-poached pears, but, hey! if they are willing to come, and you can afford ’em, why not? Great entertainment for an evening, and probably unique in your part of the world!

    This is my way of asking if “Rockette” cheese is the same as racquelette cheese? If not, what is rockette cheese?

    Love you, girl, and I do hope the ‘flu has vacated the premises!

    1. nrhatch says:

      Cindy said “blue cheese on rockette” . . . meaning the bed of rockette lettuce under the cheese and pears:


      1. Shucks, Nancy! You took away some of my fun! 😀 Actually, what hppened is that I totally misread the post. I saw, for some reason or other “bleu cheese instead of rockette. . .” How I managed that is for the senior moments God to fugyre out, but i will have a consultation.

        Thanks, though! 😀

  30. libraryscene says:

    Please take care of you…the pears look divine, one of my favorites, too ~

  31. colonialist says:

    They have a strange ap-pear-ance! I disagree with Garp (but then, I always hated that book, anyway). Cooking can drive one loopy fast!

  32. Sorry to hear that you have been ill. No need for catching up really, just start back where you can. I think there is far too much “have too” with all of this blog stuff. It can get so overwhelming.

    The pears look rather beety!

  33. Mmmm, that lingering cotton wool brain feeling is the pits., get better soon lovely. I’ve been enjoying the red wine pears around the blogs, they always look so sophisticated, like they always should be at a swanky dinner party to me. Very posh little number 🙂

  34. a positive in all of this….. by getting it now, you shouldnt get it again.

  35. Remets-toi vite, Cin ! A nice pair.. Pears cooked in Merlot are a favourite of mine, a speciality of Ticino too, Italian speaking part of Suisse. Great pics.

  36. That’s a great quote, Cindy! Hope you’re feeling a thousand times better. Beautiful pears – a work of art!

  37. Jamie Dedes says:

    Oh, heavenly. And think I much prefer the cheese over the others. Drooling.

    Hope you are well on the mend by now!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am, thanks 🙂

  38. Janine says:

    Oh, those look divine, Cindy! Will definitely give this a whirl. Thanks for sharing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Janine 🙂

  39. Esme says:

    Not sure why-I thought these were figs. They look great. I am a huge fan of figs with cheese.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never mind, Esme, someone else thought they were beetroot 🙂

  40. mairedubhtx says:

    Did you know that figs are one of the foods highest in fiber? That means good for you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Figs are the food of the gods 🙂

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