Friday, October 22, 2010


"Winter is an etching,
spring a watercolor,
summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all."

~ Stanley Horowitz





~ Delightful and easy autumn dessert from A Taste of the Canadian Rockies Cookbook (Lake O'Hara Lodge, Yoho National Park)


5-6 peeled, cored and sliced pears

4 Tbsp. butter

1/4 cup sugar

cinnamon to taste

nutmeg to taste

12-inch pie pastry (1/8 inch thick)

Whipping cream

  • On stovetop, in an oven proof skillet, melt butter. Add sugar and caramelize (be careful as sugar burns very easily). Remove from heat. Add pears, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover with pie pastry and with paring knife stab vents through pastry top.
  • Bake 10 minutes in preheated 400-degree oven, then reduce heat to 375-degrees and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Using oven mitts on both hands, remove from oven, invert large platter over skillet, turn skillet and platter over together sot that tarte is now on platter, pastry side down. (Watch for hot caramelized sugar that may leak over edges of platter.)
  • Cut and serve with whipped cream. (8 servings)



Karen said...

I LOVE these abstracts. They are beautiful and I think you should frame and hang them as part of your autumn decor!!!

Carol said...

Joey, I love your choice of Stanley's poem. It is so easy for me to see that way too. Your mosaics are so lovely!! Your first one here really draws me in deeper. I feel like I am high in a tree looking down on a landscape. Thrilling feeling with my mild vertigo! I could be falling, flying or floating like a leaf. After this feast for the eyes and imagination you then nourish the body with delights ... yummy! Wonderful post as always! You are such a talent dear Joey! Such a treat to visit you. ;>)

Shirley said...

Great effects in your photos! Thanks for including a pear recipe. I always have to look for things to do with them as we usually just eat them fresh. Have a great weekend!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Exceptionally gorgeous mosaics today, Joey, and that's saying something. They're like stained glass windows of nature. The tarte sounds divine, but with my luck, it would either stick despite my best efforts, or it would come out in a lumpy mess. But a pear tart sounds like a nice treat for this weekend...hmmm, how to adapt this...

Anonymous said...

You MUST do an overlay of your leaves and that roaring fire! Beautiful shots, Joey. :)

tina said...

You are so creative with your photographs and I do enjoy the poetry and muse verses. A mosaic is so apt a term for fall.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, those leaves are wonderful,almost like crackled glass. Anything with whipped cream has my attention!


joey said...

Thank you, Karen. These were fun to create. We are blessed to be surrounded by awesome trees, always great subjects.

How sweet, Carol. Yes, with shared mild vertigo, I too can see what you see! I know we both will be enjoying tonight's full moon that will be shining on both of us :)

Thanks Shirley. I too love pears ... next dessert, a pear pound cake!

You are a dear, jodi, and thank you, fun friend. Oh yes, autumn pears are 'the bestest'! I have a spinach/ginger/pear salad posted, a family favorite, that you might enjoy and on Young Son's MUST list for his birthday dinner next weekend.

Good idea Nancy! Actually, it's roaring now and feels delightful after running out to shoot the awesome sunset while waiting for guests to arrive.

joey said...

A honor coming from 'creative' you, Tina! Thank you.

Always happy to capture your attention, Eileen. Thanks :)

Chad said...

All of these fall pictures are beautiful,but they are getting me a little depressed. It's going to snow here this weekend.

The Idiot Gardener said...

I love pear tarte tatin; I much prefer it to traditional apple. I usually add a splash of Calvados to mine. I also make a banana one with a tot of rum!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

As ever, I love your photos. The sky kind of looks like water to me in these, which is a cool brain trick. I also like the quote that describes autumn as a mosaic, which fits with the season in general and your collages in specific.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Joey, Oh how the thought of a Tarte Tatin brings back such wonderful memories of visits to France in general and French patisseries in particular!

And, what marvellous 'abstracts' you have created here. Of course, I have no idea how you could have done this but they are remarkable pieces of contemporary art.

joey said...

We stlll have lots of color here, Chad, and enjoying it to the max!

Yum, IG ... or perhaps Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur! Will give it a try next time I make this. Thanks.

Thank you, dear Monica. How sweet ... enjoy the remains of autumn:)

Thank you, dearest Edith ~ very fun to create :) Yes, pears and autumn make a fine pair as would enjoying them with you in France :)

Diana (Di) said...

Joey, you make music with your photos/mosaics, and the Hubbard Lake series has me dancing up that driveway

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Oh Joey, you make me swoon, LOL. The recipes, the photos, and the quotes.

Loving it.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Joey, what a beautiful poem! I've not heard it before and it goes so beautifully with your gorgeous mosaics! Your blog is so inspirational ;-) Happy Sunday!

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

I like that Stanley Horowitz quote.

Love your Autumn mosaic.

Kala said...

Gorgeous images of autumn Joey. You are so artistic!

joey said...

Thanks, Di. The lake is indeed lovely, especially saying farewell to summer wearing its final coat of many fine colors. Come dance through the leaves ... a thankful way to celebrate :)

Hi WG and thank you. Like you, we enjoy life behind the lens :)

Thanks, Rob. Now you have me craving your Saffron Milkcaps and wonder what is going on in your kitchen ... so whatcha' cookin'!

How kind. Thank you, dear Kala.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

I love the way you have added layers and textures to these leaf images. Beautiful!

Rosey said...

Those are wonderful photos and I bet that tart was awesomely delicious.

joey said...

Fun work, Jennifer. Thanks :)

Indeed, autumn yummy, Rosey! Thank you.

GardenJoy4Me said...

What can I say Joey ?
These leave abstracts are simply gorgeous and pairing it with this totally delicious recipe .. pure heaven girl !!!

joey said...

How kind, Joy. Thank you. It was pure heaven looking up at our awesome huge oaks surrounding us at the lake.