Pear & Cranberry Chutney from my Recipe Circle

Pear & Cranberry ChutneyPer many Twitter requests…. Happy Thanksgiving (US holiday, but spirit is universal).

Pear & Cranberry Chutney – Recipe Circle | Google Groups
From: Gifts from the Kitchen, Williams Sonoma Kitchen Library

2 cups (14 oz/40g) firmly packed golden brown sugar
3/4 cu (3 oz/90g) dried cranberries
1/2 cup (4fl oz/125 mil) orange juice
1/2 cup (2 1/2 oz/75g) minced shallot (I’ve also used red onion)
3 tablespoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I’ve also improvised with other yummy spices like star anise)
3/8 teaspoon read pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 lob (500 g) pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch dice
4 cups (1 lb/500g) fresh or frozen cranberries

In a heavy non aluminm saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar,  dried cranberries, orange juice, shallot, ginger, vinegar, orange juice, shallot, ginger, vinegar, orange zest, cinnamon, red pepper flakes and salt. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the pears and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pears are tender, about 10 minutes.

Increase  the heat to medium high. Add the fresh or frozen cranberries and boil, stirring frequently, until they begin to burst, about 5 minutes.

(the rest is canning directions — you don’t need that do you? I  freeze whatever isn’t scarfed up. Much easier!)

Pretty chutney

Communities of practice: Linking knowledge, policy and practice

From theother66 on Flickr - thanks Allison!Communities of practice: Linking knowledge, policy and practice – is a paper that Simon Hearn from the Overseas Development Institute and I have been puttering on for quite some months. Now it emerges from the editing process at last. (Funny how so many writing projects in my life take so long. Maybe that’s why I like blogging!

The knowledge gained by research is often trapped at the point of origin, caught in the language of research, or simply isolated from those who actually apply that knowledge – the practitioners in the field. Likewise, tacit knowledge from the field rarely reaches the researchers or those making decisions. More effective bridges between knowledge, policy and practice are needed, with communities of practice (CoPs) well positioned to do just that.

This paper describes the basic characteristics of CoPs and provides a rationale for their growing importance in international development. It also suggests some ways in which CoPs can be supported by development agencies, research institutes and donors to strengthen the linkages between knowledge, policy and practice.

Published by ODI.

Communities of Practice: linking knowledge, policy and practice PDF

Photo Credit:

cc on Flickr, Uploaded on February 10, 2009
by theother66