This is so easy, it’s one of those dishes that is so easy and delicious that when you do eat it you think ‘why don’t we eat this more often!’ The Spanish often eat a plate of cheese and fruit in the evening, or as dessert; this is our version. Vary the type of cheese and fruit, according to what you have available. Serves 2
4 ripe pears
Large wedge of Gorgonzola or other blue cheese
Handful of walnut halves
Runny honey First, toast your walnuts. They are prettiest as halves, but it works too with walnut pieces. Warm a dry frying pan on a medium heat, and add the nuts. Do not leave the pan for a moment, as they turn from untoasted to burnt in a second. As soon as the nuts smell warm and start to colour, take them off the heat and set aside to cool. The toasting refreshes the nuts and releases oil, so increasing the intensity of flavour.
Cut the cheese into long slivers.
Prepare the pears. Peel, core, and cut into slices.
Arrange the pears and cheese on a plate, scatter over the toasted nuts. Finish with a drizzle of your chosen honey.