It’s another week for extra simple dishes—”recipes” that are composed rather than cooked—good for times when life is overwhelming and cooking, no matter how much I love it, is one more thing on the to-do list. The “helpful” wedding-planning website we’re using tells me that we’ve completed 73 tasks (!!!), and that means that we’re 51% done planning. (!!!!!!!!!) So there’s that, and then there’s the news.
It seems like the country is in chaos, like we’ve descended into some kind of alternate reality of white supremacists and neo-Nazis running around as if both the Civil War and World War II had ended quite differently. Except it’s actually reality, with actual people killed in hate crimes, and our actual president dancing around the issue for several days before yielding to pressure to condemn racism. What the hell?
Like many others, I’m feeling sad and overwhelmed, confused but also not surprised, and that lack of shock brings with it a particular kind of dull despair. This doesn’t make for the best food blog content, probably, but these are just a few things that have been on my mind over the past few days, and I honestly don’t have all that much to say about pears, and I need to write something in these posts!
I’ve posted a few other composed “recipes” on the blog in months past if you’re looking for other ways to prepare food without really cooking:
Pears & Pecorino
for each serving:
- 1/2 red pear, cored and cut into thin slices
- 1 oz Pecorino Romano cheese, cut into thin slivers
- 2 tsp honey (I used buckwheat honey here)
- freshly ground black pepper
- Arrange pears and Pecorino on a plate. Drizzle honey over the top (run hot water over the outside of the jar if honey is too thick to drizzle) and finish with a bit of black pepper. Serve for dessert, with a glass of late-harvest Riesling.