Thursday, December 25, 2008

poire belle helene

For Christmas eve, we always have the same menu : beautiful winter salad ( this year: baby greens, roasted beets,medgool dates, gorgonzola and walnuts) followed by local, fresh and sweet Dungeness crab feast.My aioli mayonnaise was spiked with cayenne and chives. Cremant ( rose champagne from Alsace) was served. But now, desert had to be different: no more buche de Noel,or other mini cakes.To serve something gluten free, I thought of an old favorite of significant, one we used to order in parisian bistrots when we met: the perennial poire belle helene: vanilla poached pears,served with ice cream, chocolate sauce et toasted almonds.Dot plated the poires and took all the pictures.She also hand drew the pattern on the tablecloth.What a phenomene !
you can always click on the image to see it bigger.


  1. Kudos to Dot! It looks good enough to eat! :)

  2. Hmmmm..... sounds like something good for New Year's Eve.....
    Oh! A favorinte restaurant in Paris is Fish Boissonerie and they serve the most divine lemon~orange tart brulee. We went back twice just for the dessert. I need to try that out before Wednesday.