These cute little food towers are surprisingly therapeutic to put together, look really pretty on a plate, and above all, taste really nice! You can adapt the recipe and change the cheese for feta or cooked halloumi, and use apple instead of pear. The real health addition from these little stacks are the fennel seeds.
They have an abundance of health benefits, many that are great for postnatal mamas. Fennel is a useful remedy for flatulence and indigestion. It has been found to increase breast milk secretion in breast feeding mothers. Fennel water can be used to relieve colic pain and help aid digestion in newborn babies.
Fennel seed oil is used to relieve coughs, bronchitis and as a massage oil to cure joint pains. Fennel seeds remove harmful free radicals from the body, offering protection from cancers, infection, aging and degenerative neurological diseases.
Fennel seeds increase the bulk of the food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system and easing constipation problems. They are also packed full of vitamins and minerals.
If the seeds are lightly toasted first for a few minutes under the grill then you can enhance the flavour of the fennel.
These towers taste better made just before serving. However, if you need to make a little ahead of time from serving then store them in an air tight container to stop them drying out.
To make the Pear, Goats Cheese and Fennel Towers you will need;
- 15 cocktail sticks
- 2 tablespoons of Fennel seeds
- 200grams hard goat’s cheese
- 1 large pear
- Slice the pear into 0.5cm thickness circles
- Use the small cutter to press into the flesh of the pear, avoiding the skin
- Cut the goats cheese into strips of 0.5cm thickness
- Use the cutter to press out the same shapes as the pear
- Stack a pear, cheese and pear slice on top of each other
- Carefully push a cocktail stick through the stack
- Sprinkle some fennel seeds on the top
- Serve within 4 hours of making
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