Even though our lives always revolve around food, sometimes I become very uninspired. Apart from the day recently that I received my delivery of free range chook, I have not been in a 'food mood'.
My aim with the evening meals lately has been to fill up their bellies the quickest way that I can, while still taking into account some element of nutrition and not using processed food. A chore! That's how it's been feeling. I think it's because dinner preparation begins at a time of day when I'm tired and there's so much else to get done.
Yesterday, however, after a wonderful weekend of socialising with friends and family, I spent time in the garden. As I weeded amongst the young onions I noticed the quince tree. I have been waiting for my quinces to ripen but I realised they are not becoming more yellow. Hmmm, possibly I have a false memory of the colour they were last year? So I decided to cook some. The aroma of the quinces baking in the oven had me excited. They are ripe and ready! I couldn't wait to organise a meal to eat before we got stuck in to the quinces.
My recipe is from my favourite recipe book, Stephanie Alexander's The Cook's Companion. I don't follow the amount of ingredients any more but make it as follows -
I thickly butter a baking dish and place halved and cored quinces in the dish, making sure they won't tip over. Then place a piece of butter and some honey in each of the hollows, pour a quarter of a cup of water in the bottom of the dish and cover with a lid or some foil.
Bake at 150c for about three hours.
It couldn't be easier or yummier!
I hope you try this recipe and that it inspires you! Have a happy Monday!