This weekend I went through the cupboards and put all my spices and flours in lovely see-through boxes from my favourite store. Whilst rafting through my wrapped up vanilla pods, I realised that one of the small wraps were dried and feared they might all be ruined.  As I also had to cans of pears at home, I decided to make a dessert with what I had and found a great recipe on SmittenKitchen’s website for vanilla roasted pears.

I quickly read through it last night and when I started making it this morning, I realised I didn’t really follow the recipe at all… Oh well, this is what I did!

Vanilla roasted pears

2 cans of pear halves in fruit juice
2 small dessert pears
2 vanilla pods (recipe called for ½ but I felt I needed to use up my dried ones in order to put in my ethyritol jar)
sweetener (I use a mix of ethyritol, xylitol and fructose)
half a lemon

I poured the fruit juice from the pears in a pot with the vanilla pods and water and let it boil for about half an hour until my vanilla pods were soft. I then split them and scraped out all the vanilla caviar and let it all boil in the pot for another half an hour. I peeled, halved and cored the two pears and placed all the pears in an oven proof dish, cut side up. The lemon was squeezed over all the halves, a bit of sweetener was sprinkled on and small nobs of butter were placed on the pears.  After this, I poured on all the liquid and placed it in the middle of the oven, 175 degrees (c) for about 30 minutes when some of the pears had a golden colour and smelled divine.

This all disappeared very fast when served with an amazing Madagascan vanilla ice cream that slowly melted over the pears….

Today I’ve been productive and have had many ideas in my head that I’m trying to sort out.

This morning, I went to the closest fabric shop in order to get some ideas for my wedding dress. I know pretty much the style I want and I have a pattern that I’m going to try to modify but the hardest thing is finding a good fabric. I don’t want a typical wedding dress fabric (satin/silk/duchesse) but am thinking of cotton sateen or some other kind of cotton.
Not only because it might be too hot with layers of thick satin, but also because I think it would be easier, cheaper and simpler with cotton. My issue now is that I would like to have a fabric with either a structure (maybe dots) or a small print (maybe rosebuds) but am not sure where to find a fabric like this. Will have a look in town tomorrow when I go in (have a meeting with a recruitment agency and meeting up with a friend I haven’t seen in a while), maybe John Lewis or any other big department store would have a nice fabric…
So, today when I went in to the fabric store, I was thinking of buying a cheap cotton fabric to create the toile, but the cheapest one was only £1 cheaper (per meter) than a pink cupcake that I ended up buying. The idea is to create the dress in the cupcake fabric, make sure it fits me and then take the dress apart, draw the pattern from it and use that to sew my wedding dress. Ideally, by that time, I’ve have found a fabric and someone who can sew up my dress from the pattern. At least I’ve got a couple of months to find someone or I’ll just have to start sewing it myself, bit by bit…