Sometimes I behave. Sometimes I don't. When I am being good, poached pears taste like a beautiful sweet gift from G-d. A light, pleasant, end to a meal -- elegant enough to serve on Shabbos easy enough to prepare in about 20 minutes.
Growing up compote was a staple at my grandparents home - served both as a side to the main or as a sweet dessert. I like to think of my Orange Ginger Poached Pears as a dressed up version of the fruit stew I grew up with.
Now if you can't get your cute little hands on a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger you can either omit it or sub in ground ginger. Use about 2 teaspoons and cook it for a few seconds in a little bit of oil first to help release the flavors and prevent that powdery taste. Then add orange juice, water, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer before adding your pears.
Try this recipe for Orange Ginger Poached Pears and let me know in the comments, what you eat when you're being good.