Spiced Dark Chocolate, Walnut and Maple Covered Pears

Care of Amy Symington of (makes 12-14 servings depending on pear size) This is a fun activity to do with kids for Halloween, birthdays or special occasions! Ingredients:  12-14 small pears, washed and completely dried 14 wooden skewers (8” work well) 3/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts (or toasted pumpkin seeds for nut allergies) Chocolate Dip  200g dark baking chocolate, unsweetened, dairy free, broken into even sized pieces 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger ½ tsp nutmeg Pinch of cayenne (optional) Maple Caramel Sauce  1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp arrowroot flour Directions:  Prepare a double boiler or create your own using a pot filled with water and a heat safe bowl over medium heat. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Puncture pears with the skewers like you would a candy apple, creating a handle for eating. Place them on the lined cookie sheet. Once the water has boiled turn the heat to low and add chocolate and spices to the dry bowl. Ensure that the bowl is completely dry as water will ruin your chocolate dip. Using a heat safe spatula or wooden spoon, stir occasionally until all the chunks of chocolate… Read More

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Food of the Month: The Perfect Pear

Care of Amy Symington of With its season beginning in August and lasting until end of October, pears really are the ultimate fall fruit. They come in the rainbow of autumn colours from green to red to yellow to brown and have a  subtle, sweet flavour that is very versatile when it comes to its culinary options. They go great atop salads, in soups, on pizza and sandwiches and in all the baked goods from cobblers to crisps to streusels to cakes to homemade pop tarts. Moreover, they are a fantastically healthy addition to one’s diet. They are a good source of copper and vitamin C and K and are very high in fibre, packing about 6g per pear. Due to their high fibre content, a large amount of which is found in its skin, they have been shown to aid  in the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer like colorectal, stomach and oesophagus. In addition to containing high levels of fibre, pears contain anti-inflammatory properties which help with the prevention of chronic inflammatory diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, they contain high levels of… Read More

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