Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I'm in love!

Once in a while, often when you least expect it, you fall in love, this could be the one that has it all:

1. looks
2. the idea that maybe, just maybe this one could make you happy
3. it doesn't cost you the world
4. your kids will love it
5. with a little ingenuity you can use it for a lot of things
6. it doesn't take up much space
7. it doesn't scream for attention
8. after use, just a quick shower will do
9. low maintenance
10. and if doesn't perform, just get rid of it, no tears, no heartache

Qualities you would love to see in like, say, a husband? But alas, my girls, fear not/don't get your hopes up (tick the box), I am talking kitchen gadgets here.
This modest green beauty is designed to core and slice your apples and that is exactly what it does, to perfection. (No, it doesn't give a decent backrub or warm your cold feet on winternights). This time I used it to slice my cooking pears and made "stoofpeertjes" (red stewed pears).

You'll need:
1 kg cooking pears (peeled, cored, sliced)
just enough water (and some red wine or berry liquor) to let them tread water but not drown
1 cinnamon bark (stick)
sugar to taste (I used dark brown muscovado)
1/2 peel of an orange
patience and looooow heat

And after an hour or two, you'll get ruby red pears like these. The suggestions made for other flavours in the comment section: substituting the berry wine for whiskey or cognac, adding apple pie spices, or vanilla, or ginger (preferrably fresh), star anise, sereh.


  1. Hoi Karen,

    'k Geloof niet dat ik eerder een berichtje heb achtergelaten op jouw blog, maar lees regelmatig jouw berichtjes. Ik vind dat je op een hele leuke manier, met humor die mij wel aanspreekt, je daag'lijkse beslommeringen beschrijft (b.v. dat stukje over de haantjes en moederkip): mijn complimenten!

    Mijn moeder heeft haar gezin tientallen jaren verwend met gestoofde peertjes, bessen- en bramensap, ingemaakte groenten, baksels etc. etc. De laatste tijd maak ik weleens het een en ander klaar zoals zij dat altijd doet, maar nog nooit stoofpeertjes. Door jouw berichtje van vandaag staat er nu voor het eerst een pan met stoofpeertjes op het gasfornuis.

  2. Hoi Gea, welkom! Wat leuk te horen dat er nu een pan bij jou staat te pruttelen. Weet je, niets kan je in een keer zo terugbrengen naar vroeger als de geur of de smaak van eten. Geniet ervan!

  3. That looks like such a nice gadget! The C1000 was giving away an apple slicer the other day but I didn't buy the right kind of apples to get the slicer. Where did you get yours? I spend a lot of time slicing apples - I have two kids who won't eat them unless they are sliced.

    Can I come over for stoofperen? :)

  4. You are such fun. Lovely picture with the orange peel. It really is a joy to find a kitchen gadget with those attributes but a husband, that might be pushing it.

  5. Isn't it a great toy! I use mine all the time making apple-things. Though it doesn't have that great apple'shape like yours!!!
    Those shoelaces are a work of art...maybe he'll be good in "macramé" as well :D.

    Well there goes my own stoofpeertjes-post in preparation!!! Even my own suggestions have already been published...bèeeee.....

    @Ash, you can buy one at IKEA...not that pretty shape Karen has, but it works.


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