Pecan Pear Pain Perdu

When I was a break­fast TV report­er my pro­du­cer Bri­an, who longed to make art­house films, used to groan that we were being forced to explore ‘the u-bend of Brit­ish tele­vi­sion’. He said we’d plumbed new depths the morn­ing I did a live para­chute jump strapped into the same suit as a mem­ber of the Red Dev­ils sky-diving team.

I thought of Bri­an today when I dis­covered the truly awful nov­els of Aman­da McKit­trick Ros. Born in 1860 and a shock­ing social climber, she thor­oughly deserves her title ‘the best worst nov­el­ist ever’. Bri­an would have wept if he’d ever read this: ‘The liv­ing some­times learn the touchy tricks of the trait­or, the tardy and the temp­ted; the dead have evaded the flighty earthly future, and form to swell the ret­in­ue of retired rights, the right­eous school of the invis­ible and the rebel­li­ous roar of the raging noth­ing.’ It’s no won­der that J. R. R. Tolki­en and C. S. Lewis used to read her work aloud to each oth­er to see who would col­lapse into giggles first.

Miss McKit­trick Ros was clearly addicted to the school­girl art of allit­er­a­tion so I have a feel­ing she would have adored my Pecan Pear Pain Perdu. Since it’s Valentine’s Day any moment, I’ve pro­duced a heart-shaped Pecan Pear Pain Perdu. But feel free to dump the soppy hearts if you’re not in the mood.

Pecan Pear Pain Perdu

For two people

2 pears

1 large egg

100ml milk

4 tea­spoons caster sug­ar

2 thick slices stale white bread — hence the term ‘perdu’ or ‘lost’. The slices can be no-non­sense oblongs or you can snip them with scis­sors into hearts — whichever shape matches your sens­ib­il­it­ies or the state of your love life.

80g but­ter

Hand­ful pecan nuts

Halve the pears, peel and core them and then cut length­ways into 1mm thin slices. Put to one side. Break the egg into a shal­low bowl, whisk with a fork and add 2 tea­spoons of sug­ar and the milk. Dip the bread slices into the egg mix­ture, turn­ing over to coat each side. Melt approx­im­ately 40g of but­ter in a fry­ing pan over a medi­um heat. When hot and frothy, add the bread and fry for a couple of minutes on both sides until golden brown. Put each slice on a plate.

Wipe the fry­ing pan with kit­chen paper and then melt the remain­ing 40g of but­ter over a medi­um heat, along with the rest of the sug­ar. Stir until dis­solved and then add the pear slices and the pecan nuts. Cook gently for 4 or 5 minutes until the pears are soft and golden and the nuts are well coated. Arrange the pears and nuts art­fully over the bread.

Serve with creme fraiche and eat while read­ing Aman­da McKit­trick Ros aloud to your part­ner and star­ing into his or her ‘globes of glare’ — McKit­trick Ros’ truly hideous term for eyes. Make sure you’re wear­ing sexy ‘south­ern neces­sar­ies’ — her term for knick­ers — and don’t, for good­ness sake, break into ‘glob­ules of liquid lava’ — that’s sweat darling, sweat.

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11 thoughts on “Pecan Pear Pain Perdu

  1. Won­der­ful. Sen­sa­tion­al pho­to­graphs and a lovely recipe. Quirky words up there with your best. I shall avoid your allit­er­at­ive writer like the plague of course. The blogs really ought to be expan­ded into a book some day. Des­pite the pleth­ora of cook books out there your take is abso­lutely unique.

  2. You’re very kind Jakey — thank you. And you’re right to avoid the work of Aman­da McKit­trick Ros — I’m pretty sure you’d detest it!

  3. I remem­ber night shifts on Break­fast — and that can of Evi­an mist spray! It would prob­ably not be con­sidered very green these days, but it cer­tainly refreshed the face at 3am. A por­tion of pear pain perdu would have helped too.

    As always your blog pic­tures are good enough to eat.… F

  4. That’s so funny — I haven’t thought about the can of Evi­an water spray in years! I won­der if you can still get them… it cer­tainly made the night shift slightly less grue­some — as did all the laugh­ing we did! xxx

  5. Really lovely — hope you got one yes­ter­day for your­self
    I think Shu Uemura Deep Sea water may have ous­ted Evi­an in the facial refresh­ment stakes, I should try some on my next nights on deliv­ery suite and see if I am any less grue­some at the end

  6. Hi oxslip Shu Uemura Deep Sea water sounds the per­fect replace­ment for Evi­an spray. I hadn’t real­ised how much I’ve been miss­ing Evi­an until I was reminded of it. Let me know if Deep Sea water makes the night shifts more bear­able. When I did night shifts I lived on break­fast cer­eal for every meal because I nev­er knew what time of day or night it was…

  7. Hi oxslip Shu Uemura Deep Sea water sounds the per­fect replace­ment for Evi­an spray. I hadn’t real­ised how much I’ve been miss­ing Evi­an until I was reminded of it. Let me know if Deep Sea water makes the night shifts more bear­able. When I did night shifts I lived on break­fast cer­eal for every meal because I nev­er knew what time of day or night it was…

  8. You really have done nights! Yep it’s always cer­eal time for me too, gran­ola all the way cur­rently due to hav­ing won a case of the stuff…

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