Ralph Waldo Emerson said that "There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat." If you are lucky enough to come across some pears in that precious timeframe, here is a way to prepare them that will knock your socks off.
2 tsp Railway Chai
1 cup Port (or Salt Spring Vineyards Blackberry Port)
2 TBL honey
2 perfect pears, peeled and halved
Good vanilla ice cream
Crush the Railway Chai spices slightly in a mortar and pestle.
Put port and Chai spices into a small sauce pan. Bring to boil. Lower heat to simmer. Leave uncovered about 5 minutes until reduced by half.
Add honey and stir well.
Add the pears and poach for 3-4 minutes or until desired consistency.
Take the pears out carefully. Strain out the spices. Return strained port to pot and further reduce to a thick syrup.
Place pears in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, spoon Chai port on top.