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Sweet and packed with health benefits, pears are the star ingredient in this month’s Living Loving Local menu. Full of Vitamins C and K, potassium and antioxidants, pears also contain copper, which can have positive effects on immune functions, cholesterol metabolism, and nerve function. Pears also help with gut health through a high fiber content and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Watch as Chef Todd Westlake demonstrates our packed-with-flavour Red Wine Poached Pear recipe.


  • One bottle of red wine (I used a Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 4 pears
  • 5-6 star anise
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10-12 strands of citrus zest
  • A splash of vanilla
  • Tbsp. honey


  • Fill a small saucepan with the red wine, add all the other ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • While waiting for the poaching liquid to come up to temperature, peel the four pears.
  • Once peeled, place them in the boiling liquid and reduce the heat to a simmer. If the pears are not fully submerged, you can rotate them to ensure they are evenly cooked.
  • They should be cooked in 30 minutes. You can remove from the liquid, or for fuller flavour, let them cool in the liquid overnight.
  • When serving the next day you can accompany them with a reduction of the poaching liquid, fresh berries, mascarpone cheese, and candied citrus zest.

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