I always enjoy visiting friends & family for a meal, the food is always brilliant and the company excellent, plus you discover some very interesting recipes.

Like you and me, they always try new recipes and my favorite is when they replicate a meal they have enjoyed while on their holidays. These meals always spark good conversation about their travels (hopefully not too many photos!) and bring life to the dish.

This very tasty starter was made by my brother from a meal he had on one of his many (and long) visits to France. He always manages to pick out the local restaurants that provide local food at very reasonable prices!

Serves 4
baby leaf salad
2 ripe conference pears
Bayonne ham
Cambazola cheese or any soft blue cheese
balsamic glaze

onion marmalade
1 large sliced onion
1 garlic glove
herbs de provence
1 diced small tomato (remove seeds & skin)
1 diced sun dried tomato
little white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
salt & pepper

Sweat the onion & chopped garlic in olive oil until soft but not browned
Add vinegar & sugar and reduce until sticky (add more sugar or vinegar to taste)
Add the diced tomatoes & herbs de provence for a few seconds, just to soften
Season and let cool
If you want onions crunchier after sweating remove and put in with toms
Plate up as in the photograph, drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve with chunks of brown bread & butter.

Wine:  Pays d’Oc Blanc, Domaine de Fontareche or La Lande Côtes de Gascogne

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