Tasty Tales: The Perfect Pair

by Lori on March 11, 2010

Disclaimer: This little fictional story came about in my mind as I was photographing the images for the recipe.  It is meant to be enjoyed for what it truly is: a non-offensive play with words and images.  I hope you agree.
We’ve all seen it before.

The Golden One put on a pedestal.  All the glory.  The reverence.  The idolatry.  Some wonder if the pressure will become too much for The Golden One.  Will The Golden One fall from grace like so many others before?  These things don’t concern me.  The Golden One is a temptation that I will undertake no matter what others think of him.  You see, I’m not looking for anything long-term.  A one-night stand is all I’m after.  I’m curious to see if he is as good as everyone claims.  The Golden One clearly has a reputation.  He leads a bit of a double life, and he’s been hiding it well.  The Golden One and I have this in common.

I’m smitten with The Golden One.  I’ve been admiring him for quite some time now, and I’ve been waiting for the chance to caress him.  I’ve been very patient knowing that my turn would eventually come; at some point he would notice me.  Yet, I know countless others have had their turn before me.  That’s okay.  I have a past too.  There is an instant chemistry between me and The Golden One.  We fit well together.  He tells me I smell really nice, and I know he’s hooked.   It won’t be long before The Golden One comes home with me.

I’m excited by the way he holds himself together unlike his counterparts.  The Golden One is very experienced.  While some may find this unappealing, I dig it.  I want all I can get from The Golden One.

Not long ago, I saw the way The Golden One opened himself up to warm and caring embraces from butter and brown sugar.  I watched them together and I knew that he would eventually see that I had more to offer.  It makes me giddy to think that I will finally get my turn.  I decide to prepare a warm bath for us, and he is definitely interested.  I can tell.  He has no idea what I am about to teach him.  You see, I too have experience.

The Golden One seduces me with his firm, warm flesh that is so sweet and tantalizing.  And I am keenly aware that I am bringing out the best in him.  I am about to lose my mind with anticipation!  He is smooth, so smooth.  But I’ve seen his kind before.  I know he’s a two-timer.  A player.  I have to be careful with The Golden One.  I have to keep his interest.

I’m carrying out my plan, and I turn my back for a minute only to find some rich, curvy blonde with freckles who moves in on The Golden One.  The Golden One is weak, and he cannot resist the temptation.  His outward appearances are totally overshadowed by his need.  He can’t help himself.

She’s melting all over him.  I know if I can just grab his attention back for a second, we can finish what we’ve started.  I cut in and break them up.  For the moment he’s mine again.  I can’t get enough of him.  He can’t get enough of me.  And I know I don’t have much time.  But I do know where I can find others like him, and that gives me the satisfaction of knowing I can do this again.  The Golden One and I are quite the pair, aren’t we?  Before he leaves I say to him, “By the way, my name is Cardamom.  I don’t think you will ever forget me.”

Tasty Tales: The Perfect Pair

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

This is an essential winter dessert when pears are in season.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 firm Bosc pears, peeled, halved, cored (about 1 pound similar sized)
  • scant 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Vanilla ice cream for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the pears cut side up in a glass baking dish.
  3. Whisk the apple juice and brown sugar and cardamom in a small heavy sauce pan over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Whisk in the butter.
  5. Pour the sauce over the pears.
  6. Bake until the pears are crisp-tender and beginning to brown, basting occasionally with the juices, about 35 minutes.
  7. Spoon the pears onto plates. Top with ice cream. Drizzle with juices and serve.

Notes

I cannot resist pears when they're combined with cardamom, so I added a small amount to this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis.

http://www.lemonsandlavender.com/2010/03/roasted-pears-with-brown-sugar-and-vanilla-ice-cream/

Roasted Pears With Brown Sugar and Vanilla Ice Cream
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

1/3 cup apple juice
1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 firm Bosc pears, peeled, halved, cored (about 1 pound similar sized)
scant 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Vanilla ice cream for serving

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Arrange the pears cut side up in a glass baking dish.  Whisk the apple juice and brown sugar and cardamom in a small heavy sauce pan over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.  Whisk in the butter.  Pour the sauce over the pears.  Bake until the pears are crisp-tender and beginning to brown, basting occasionally with the juices, about 35 minutes.

Spoon the pears onto plates.  Top with ice cream.  Drizzle with juices and serve.

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Ficticious Malicious October 15, 2010 at 6:07 am

*Snorts* I'm glad I found this one. Brilliant! Now Cardamom has even me drooling.

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