SERVES 8 PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 1-1/2 HOURS
Easy to prepare
Juice of 1/2 lemon
4 small eating apples
4 small pears
900g / 2 lbs shallots (unpeeled weight)
1 tbsp olive oil
50g / 2 oz butter
6 tbsp quince or redcurrant jelly**
bay leaves to decorate
Put the lemon juice into a large bowl. Peel the apples and pears, leaving the stalks on, then toss in the juice.
Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Lower in the apples and pears, then cover and poach for 30 minutes or until the fruit just gives to a sharp knife. Peel the shallots while you’re waiting.
Heat the oven to 190C / 375F / Gas mark 5 (170C fan oven). Add the oil and butter to a small roasting tin, then add the drained apples, pears and the shallots.
Brush the fruit with a layer of the quince or redcurrant jelly **(cranberry jelly would work equally well)** and roast for 1 hour until softened and golden.
Turn the pears and apples around in the fat a few times during cooking, brushing twice more with the glaze.
Serve spooned around the turkey, decorated with bay leaves.
This recipe has been very slightly adapted from a recipe that first appeared in the December 2007 Christmas edition of BBC Good Food magazine. The photograph is from the same source.
If you’ve had a meal ending in something sticky you might think that it would be a good idea to eat a crunchy apple to clean your teeth. Apples, whilst being good for you in many ways, wont be doing your teeth any favours when used as a cleaner because the fruit acids in them tend to attack tooth enamel. You’d be far better off eating a cube of cheese.
Cheese helps to prevent the bacteria on your teeth from turning sugar into damaging acids, it increases the flow of saliva, neutralising any acids and helping to flush them away, and the high calcium and phosphorous content in cheese may also help by replacing some of the minerals in your tooth enamel.
So next time, just say cheese please.
Eating a healthy diet containing a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables is not only good for our bodies internally, our better health will be reflected in our skin, teeth, nails and hair.
We have all heard that phrase ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but scientists now think that apples may be more beneficial to us than we at first realised. Apples contain polyphenols, one of which has been found to be particularly good for our hair. It is thought that it may even help to slow down hair loss in male pattern baldness.
We all want luscious locks, male and female, so whether it’s the fruit or pure apple juice, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to regularly include apples in our diet.