Pears in star anise and pepper.

From Evernote: Pears in star anise and pepper. I’ve been having a love affair with star anise of late. On a hot date gone wrong, I was treated to a meal at Vulcans, Blackheath and Philip had pickled some beetroot in star anise and malt vinegar, then I think, cooked it in an orange sauce….

Blackberries in Opal Nero

Often the most delicious dishes highlight the simple magnificence of fresh, natural goodness. Earlier this year I combined dark young berries with Opal Nero liqueur and a blob of Chantilly cream. Quick, simple, delectable. Now that the blackberries are in season, you’ll find that the added sweetness and the magic of anise and a hint…