Delicious Curried, Stewed Fruit and Ask Your Community For Help!

Hi everyone! Before I get to this AMAZING recipe that my friend Christine created, I just wanted to tell you that my friends’ team raised 30 Grand for rare cancer research including Soft Tissue Sarcoma by asking their friends to “Cycle for Survival” http://mskcc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=cc_home this past weekend(see video below to learn about the event.)

It always astounds me and puts a smile on my face when folks help each other out after a simple request. Even on facebook yesterday, I had over 20 people respond almost immediately when I asked for tips on how to keep my hands from cracking in the winter (thanks for all the tips, btw, which were very helpful-I really need to wear dishwashing gloves.)

All to say, if we need help with the big things in life like cancer and health related needs, (which includes cooking, I’ll have you know), let’s just let down our guard and ask for help. What’s the worst that can happen?

Please promise me you will try this unbelievable recipe that is actually a crepe filling and Weight Watchers Friendly. I had no idea how to make crepes so asked my friends to help me. Guess what? They did! We will get to my crepe workshop and the awesome ladies who helped me (thanks Rachael Egan and Christine Sapienza) at a later date. For now, enjoy this dessert:

Curried Stewed Fruit:

1 cup peeled apple chunks ( I like small red skinned apples for this, but granny smiths taste good too)
1 cup peeled pear chunks (I used canned b/c my pears were not ripe)
3/4 cup pineapple chunks (canned)
1 cup frozen whole cherries
2 tbsp agave nectar (can get at Whole Foods and many supermarkets)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of dried cloves
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp unsweetened pineapple juice
3/4 cups raisins

core and peel 2 large apples and 2 large pears.
Cube into bite sized chunks.
Toss apples and pears in a large mixing bowl with all other fruit, 1 tsp of lemon juice and all spices.

Heat olive oil in a heavy sauce pan with 2 tbsp agave nectar. Add fruit and spice mixture to saucepan, plus all liquid ingredients.

Over medium heat, let juices simmer. Cover and cook until apples and pears break down into a chunky, bubbly consistency (about 30 min.) Fruit should be stewed/chunky consistency. Remove from heat and stir in raisins. YUM!!! Eat plain or in crepes, on ice cream or with whipped cream.
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