Forever Nigella: Marsala-Honey Pears with Bleu Cheese

After going on hiatus for the unlucky thirteenth installment, this month’s Forever Nigella #14 is back and hosted by Lucy at Vanilla Frost Cakes, with the challenge of preparing any Nigella Lawson recipe that is reminiscent of springtime. For me, spring means fresh fruit and fresh salads. Since I couldn’t shake the thought of fresh pears this weekend, I made Nigella’s marsala-honey pears with bleu cheese.

Actually, Nigella’s version is made with Gorgonzola and whole walnut halves and seems to be served as a dessert platter. I ate it more like a salad, incorporating bleu cheese crumbles and chopped walnuts instead. I also used red pears instead of the traditional green. This salad was pretty tasty. The softened, honey-slicked pears paired nicely against the crunch of the walnuts and the creamy tartness of the bleu cheese. After I took the photos, I tossed in some herbed salad greens as well, which became tender from the syrupy Marsala sauce.

Forever Nigella is organized by Sarah at Maison Cupcake. You can still post for April’s Forever Nigella until the 28th. See the (very few) rules for participating at this month’s announcement post here.

64 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kitchen flavours
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:06:04

    This sure looks good! A lovely combination!

  2. Cher
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:08:13

    Pears and cheese are always a winner in my book – that looks really good.

  3. TrafficDiva
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:26:01

    This looks SO good! You should serve this at a fancy brunch on a beautiful Sunday morning! YUMMY!!! =)

  4. Norma Chang
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:37:46

    You always have such beautiful presentation, So versatile, can be a dessert or part of a salad.

  5. Choc Chip Uru
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:38:55

    You would make nigella proud – this is gorgeous😀
    Too delish flavour combo!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  6. ceciliag
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:49:12

    Did you take the thirteenth post off on purpose? the fancy brunch is a great idea!! cool! c

  7. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:50:28

    Wow, this looks beautiful. I love, love, love pears and blue cheese together. Well done 🙂

  8. chefconnie
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:55:46

    Such a pretty salad.

  9. Louanne Bertrand
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 08:02:26

    That looks incredible! I love salads with fruit and nuts/

  10. Lisa {smart food and fit} (@LisaNutrition)
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 08:04:03

    This looks great! So healthy and not to mention beautiful presentation! Must make this for lunch soon!

  11. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 08:37:57

    Oh my! I just love pears with cheese! Great combination, I must try this one myself. Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella!

  12. hotlyspiced
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 08:46:43

    Pears and blue cheese go so well together. Lovely combination and the presentation of your sald is fabulous! xx

  13. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 09:01:30

    I LOVE red pears! It’s kind of a new obsession since we never bought them growing up but I’ve had a love affair with them for the last few years. Your salad looks delicious!

  14. Mary Hirsch
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 09:05:02

    I like everything about this Spring salad/dessert idea – pears, walnuts and Gorgonzola. Yes, in Europe and England, this would be dessert. In America, with greens, a wonderful, fresh salad. I think I will go “la salade” “ensalada” route!

  15. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:55:58

    Wow, this looks gorgeous! I would love that as a salad too!

  16. forgottenbeast
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:02:57

    This is stunning! I love your food styling! And pears, nuts and cheese? Can’t go wrong. I don’t eat cheese, but now I’m inspired to bake with the few pears I have waiting on my counter rather than just eating them plain.

  17. mireia
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:08:12

    What a great combination!! This sounds perfect

  18. Helene (@MasalaHerb)
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:09:03

    Thats such a sexy unusual dish. nice flavoure combo with the pears, cheese and all.

  19. Katerina
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:15:21

    This is such a beautiful combination of salad and dessert at the same time! I would definitely want to try this!

  20. thekalechronicles
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:34:51

    Beautiful photos and intriguing sauce (I sneaked a peek at Nigella’s recipe). The only thing I don’t understand is why anyone would leave the core in a pear — do you know?

  21. mireia
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:34:21

    What a great combination!

  22. heathersbytes
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 13:27:37

    That looks delicious! And I’m very intrigued by a Nigella group!

  23. Purely.. Kay
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 14:08:44

    I would’ve never paird bleu cheese with pears. This actually sounds really delicious.

  24. Anita Menon
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 14:26:20

    beautiful flavour combination. Spring time spells the flavours that are best served with honey & pears. Yums

  25. Amanda
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 14:44:37

    This looks absolutely beautiful and sounds completely delicious!

  26. Kristin
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 14:58:45

    This will be going on the menu after the bean is born!

  27. maha
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 15:10:58

    Wow.. looks so delicious…

  28. promenadeplantings
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 15:19:22

    If you eat with your eyes, then my belly is full looking at your wonderful photos🙂

  29. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 15:21:45

    This does look more like a dessert! That is one scrumptious looking dish!

  30. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 15:30:31

    Love the pears, and the salad idea sounds perfect for spring. Hmm, I have a Nigella cookbook that I just bought, and I may have to look into the group. I am worried that I already have a tough time keeping up with TwD and FFwD!

  31. Inger Wilkerson
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 16:01:03

    This looks amazing–love all of the ingredients. May need to look for another case of pears!

  32. Liz Berg (@ThatSkinnyChick)
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 17:23:02

    Oooh, one of my favorite salads contains pears and blue cheese….and a dessert with this combo sounds outstanding!!! Beautiful, too~

  33. Cakelaw
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 17:44:50

    This looks absolutely delicious – pear and cheese is a winning combination, and the way you have presented this is just gorgeous.

  34. Heather
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 18:14:43

    looks delicious!

  35. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 18:32:05

    I love this one. It’s the perfect dessert, not too sweet!

  36. Simply Life
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 18:49:45

    I never think to do anything with pears but eat them plain- what a great idea!

  37. rondamkisner
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 20:55:02

    That sounds so tasty!

  38. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 21:40:32

    A gorgeous arrangement on the plate, and a truly wonderful sounding idea for a salad. Love the marsala!

  39. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 21:44:28

    Oh! Pears and cheese is a winner of a combination. I totally missed out on knowing #forevernigella was back! Must join in the fun next month.

  40. Elaine
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 00:27:00

    That looks pretty and healthy!

  41. ohfishiee
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 01:37:55

    that looks very appetizing🙂 very good dessert

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  42. peachkins
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 03:36:52

    my mouth watered when I saw this!

  43. Jana
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 05:55:15

    They look soooooooooooooo good🙂

    Jana
    http://janakitchen.blogspot.com

  44. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 08:03:22

    hi yummy chunklet, this look so exclusive any yummy. i can imagine the tasty pear blend with honey and cheese very clearly.. very delicious. have a nice day

  45. Bam's Kitchen
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 09:20:52

    I love the golden pears and how you shaped yours into a star shaped. Very artsy!

  46. Catalina @ Cake with Love
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 09:22:24

    This is such a different decadent way to enjoy pears!!!

  47. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:52:58

    How beeautiful!!!! I love pears and this is quite healthy treat that I am allowed to eat this whole thing at one time, right? Very nice presentation.🙂

  48. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 19:26:34

    I could scarf this up as a dessert or salad! I just love blue cheese and honey together. And your presentation is so pretty! : )

  49. Ryan
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 19:50:36

    This is such a beautiful salad! Those flavors sound like they would be wonderful together. Fruit and blue cheese are so good together and the honey sounds perfect on top!

  50. Janet Rudolph
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 20:59:16

    OMG.. these look beautiful, easy and delicious. I love blue cheese with pears, and the honey is the crowning touch. Perfect

  51. muppy
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 01:14:30

    how did you make it so pretty!!! sounds tasty indeed.

  52. Ameena
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:11:03

    What a fantastic combination…love pears with cheese of any type!

  53. Kathy
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:57:30

    Great looking recipe! Pears with cheese are so yummy!

  54. PinayCookingCorner (@PinayInTexas)
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:58:00

    This looks so good! Pear & blue cheese – what a perfect combo!

  55. Kitchen Belleicious
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:16:20

    oh nigella would be so pleased with your dish! Seriously, it is sooo perfect! Love the pairing with the cheese

  56. Karen
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 14:47:15

    I love your presentation. I think pears and cheese are a perfect paring.

  57. Caroline
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 17:31:32

    Love the presentation–so pretty! Sounds delicious as well, of course.🙂

  58. RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 21:33:34

    oh wow this looks so good and love the way you have displayed it like a star

  59. Chaya
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 22:17:32

    Beautiful job, as usual.

  60. Just A Smidgen
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 23:07:42

    I love this one! Every single sweet little syrupy bit.. All of my favorite ingredients are here:)

  61. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 21:05:54

    This is seriously gorgeous:-) Perfect summer salad:-) Take care, Terra

  62. sanyaliving
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 06:35:57

    I haven’t participated in this in ages! Your photos made me really want to get back into it! Your dish looks fantastic!

  63. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 05:47:01

    Wow! This looks not only super delicious, but very pretty as well!

  64. sally
    May 02, 2012 @ 17:06:21

    Beautiful! The Marsala sauce sounds wonderful!

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