Although I don’t feel particularly sentimental about Valentine’s Day, I am Armenian after all, so I’ll take any opportunity to celebrate. In college going to see the Vagina Monologues was pretty much a ritual, followed by big dinners with girlfriends. Since I’ve been with Brooke, we have opted to avoid the busy restaurants and cook a nice meal together at home, taking a break from our hectic lives to relax and celebrate us.
On our menu this year…
Cocktail:Ginger/Lemon w/vodka (Ciroc because it’s gluten-free) for him & w/soda-water for me
Entree: Sri-Lankan grilled chicken w/ cucumber-salad
Dessert: Slow-cooked pears with Coconut Bliss
I don’t eat sweets often, so I took this opportunity to indulge. I tested the recipe over the weekend and I think it goes without saying that it did not disappoint.
images: lelove, weheartit, & me.
I started these right when I began prepping dinner and they were ready to go by the time we finished eating. I used small pears, so if your pears are larger, you may want to try cooking this on high.
2-4 bosc pears, peeled, cored and halved (I only used 2, but this recipe would easily work for 4)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
Coconut milk ice-cream
- Peel pears, cut in half and remove core. Try your best to cut the pears evenly.
- Melt the coconut oil and add mix with the rest of the ingredients.
- Toss pears in the mixture and coat really well. Place in slow-cooker.
- Cook on low for 2 hours (or cook on high for larger pears) or until pears are tender and can easily be pierced.
- Serve with coconut ice-cream and top with cinnamon.
note: I cooked these again last night and I tried it on high (although I was using small pears) & I think it worked better, they cooked faster (1.5 hours) and were more tender.PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. I only recommend products that I personally use and wholeheartedly believe to be beneficial.