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Poached Pear and Goat Cheese Salad [The Witch Way]

Alright so. I’m not a chef nor anything. I just cook good food and incorporate my witchy ways while I do it. These measurements are by no means exact because…I just feel out my food and never measure (except for baking obviously).  I like to think about the purpose of each ingredient before I add it, so that their properties can manifest in my mind. This salad was used as a mini cheer up and stop being so sick solution. So…here’s what I did. 

Ingredients:

  • Pears (I used 2 red pears) [for love, because I was feeling a bit blue]
  • Onions (I used 2 small red onions) [too banish negative feelings]
  • Lettuce of your choice (I used green leaf)
  • Goat Cheese
  • Turmeric [for confidence, and for my bones because they hurt]
  • White Wine (You can do without, but It’s way better with)
  • Herbs de Provence [optional, but the properties are too long to list here]
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sugar (I use raw brown sugar) [for sweetness]
  • Butter/Olive Oil

For the dressing: I cheated and just mixed together some salad dressings I already had which were like, one squeeze of thousand island, some raspberry vinagrette, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. 

Directions:

  1. Slice up your onions and melt a hunk of butter or put olive oil (I do both lol) in a large skillet, add the onions at low to medium heat. I also like to add some herbs de provence blend to this for a little extra oomph. Toss the onions with a spatula so that they don’t stick and burn. Cook, tossing when you think of it, for about 30 minutes I guess, or until the onions are a nice golden brown. 
  2. Dump the onions into a bowl, and you should have a brown crust on your skillet. Pour a few spoonfuls of white wine or you can use vinegar, a dash of water (more if you use vinegar), and a few spoonfuls of brown sugar into the skillet. Let it boil, scraping the crust of the pan as you go. Pour this fabulous dark brown substance over the onions, stir it in, and refrigerate. It should be syrupy, almost. 
  3. Using the same pan, put some water at the bottom of it. Add some white wine, balsamic vinegar, a little salt and some turmeric. I cut up some pears and cored them, and placed them in the liquid with about three packs of sugar and poured more water on top until they were almost covered. Bring the water to a boil, and cook until the pears are tender (about 15 minutes). Refrigerate in the liquid until ready to use. 
  4. Combine your lettuce, dressing, and goat cheese, spoon onions on top. Cut up the pears and place on top. 

BAM. You’re done. You can also add some dried cranberries, or nuts, or whatever if you want (I was too lazy.) This is a great dish to prepare when you’re doing other things but want good food because while it takes a bit to cook, you don’t REALLY have to watch it or anything.