4.22.2020

Spring Pear Tatin and I am Back!

pear tatin





I can't believe that it has been a year since the past post! So much has happened in the past year... good and bad.  But now all is well... except the C word.  I foolishly did not predict anything like the current situation was going to happen in my life time.  Neither anyone around me I'm sure.  I had a rough past year with my health and already have decided not to take my life for granted.  But now, that's even more true in so many ways.  

We had planned to go to Paris and Venice during the Spring break and I had done tons of research where to go and EAT.  Although we have to wait uncertain period of time, I look forward to rebook our trip and do all the things on my list.  If you have any suggestions for my future trip in Paris and Venice, please do let me know in the comment below, Instagram or email.  Meanwhile, I wish you and your loved ones are safe and stay safe.

 As I mentioned, I had a rough year with my health.  We bought a new house, which triggered a huge stressed on me with a few issues we had, which triggered high blood pressure situation.  I've never had a high blood pressure problem before.  I also developed what it turned into a -year-long arm and shoulder injuries due to playing too much tennis.  I'm sure high blood pressure didn't help anything there.  I started to see physical therapist and acupuncturist for 6 months.  I still have minor pains around my arms, but I'm way better than a few months ago.  

This experience changed my diet for sure.  I started to take fruits and vegetables that are good for blood pressure and for my body in general like kale, beets, spinach, lemon, ginger... food like them.  Then I started to drink celery juice with my husband who had different health concerns.  He has had celery juice for 6 months by the last summer when I was starting to have problems and swore that celery juice would help me feel better.  How he came to this conclusion is hugely based on this person and his book.  I'm not promoting it or anything, but my husband connived me to try it anyway and now I've been drinking celery juice for over 6 months.  I don't like the taste and it's rather costly, but I do believe any disease - especially the mysterious ones that we don't know where it came from - can improve by simply putting better nutrition in our bodies.  

I am honestly not sure if celery juice directly healed or healing my health but I still drinking it every morning because I think my husband is onto something.  He does have more hair on his head where it used to be a lot thinner.  It's something. 










Now the pear tatin!  Since the lock down, I have been cooking variety of things waaaay more than usual.  We stocked up produces and our food items to go to last for a few weeks, so I have lots of options for what to make.  Pear is one of the food items we like to have around the house.   According to the same person who wrote about celery juice, also claims that pear is a super food.  Here's a quotation about it from his article;

"For pancreas protection and stress assistance, we must turn to the pear. This neglected fruit helps rejuvenate this neglected and overtaxed gland, alleviating pancreatitis and helping to prevent pancreatic cancer. Pears are also amazing for other aspects of digestion. They act as an antispasmodic; help to soothe the linings of the stomach and intestinal tract; feed beneficial bacteria; starve and kill unproductive bacteria, parasites, and fungus; raise hydrochloric acid in the stomach; help prevent intestinal and stomach cancers; and reduce the bad acids produced by mucus and pathogens such as H. pylori. They also restore linings in the gut that have become damaged and calloused from bacteria."


If you are interested in the full article, here's link.

I also never looked at pear as a super food to heal our health, but it is very tasty and I love them.  My daughter and I watch British Baking Show a lot nowadays and we have been making a list for baking and also trying to incorporate into her math exercise during homeschooling.  This tatin is our first one on the list.  Next one will be some sort of a strawberry cake.

Happy baking and let's stay safe!!! 


Recipe:
4 servings (7")

Indgredients:
bartlett pears (any pear except Asian/apple pear would do)
1 tablespoon of cain sugar
1 tablespoon of butter
1/4 of lemon juiced

Crust
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 cup all-purpost flour
1/4 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
1 lemon, zested
1 egg yolk
2-3 tablespoons ice water (to adjust)


Direction:

Ia food processor combine the butter, flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Pulse until it looks like finely grated Parmigiano. Add the egg yolk and 1 to 2 tablespoons of the water. Pulse until the mixture comes together. If it seems a bit dry add a little more water and pulse, pulse, pulse. The mixture should come together into a ball. Dump the whole thing out onto a clean lightly floured work surface. Knead the mixture 1 or 2 times only to make it a smooth ball. Using a rolling pin or your fingers roll or press the dough out to an even circle about 7 inches in diameter. Wrap it with plastic film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Have a mini break.  Preheat the over at 350º Fahrenheit / 180º Celsius 

Slice the pears 1/4 thick. Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape the pods off with a knife.  Toss them in a bowl with  sliced pears, sugar, melted butter and lemon juice.  Grease the pie mold with butter and lay the pear sliced around in a circle like in the photos.  Put the pie sheet over the pear slices. Poke around the crust with a folk a few times.  

Bake it for 25-35 minutes until the pie is golden.  Let it cool down first for at least 30 minutes or longer.  Flip it upside down on a plate to serve.  

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