Make the most of the apples and pears readily available at supermarkets and fruit shops this month. Here’s a selection of recipes from Tru-Cape you’ll want to try


  • 2 Tru-Cape Packham’s Triumph pears
  • 1T butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3T olive oil
  • 1t ground cinnamon
  • ½t ground ginger
  • 4 ostrich steaks (about 250g per person)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 250ml apple or pear juice
  • 1-2t flour (optional)
  • 1-2t butter (optional)


  1. Peel each pear, core and cut into 6 wedges. Heat the butter in a pan and fry the pears until golden brown on each side.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in another pan and fry the chopped onion over medium heat until soft.
  3. Add the two spices and fry for another minute, stirring. Remove the onions and turn up the heat to high.
  4. When the pan is very hot add the ostrich steaks. Fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, seasoning with salt & pepper while cooking. Remove the steaks from the pan and leave to rest on a plate, then add the apple juice to deglaze the pan.
  5. Thicken the sauce with a little flour and butter, if needed, using a whisk to break up any lumps. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
    To serve: cut each steak into strips, arrange the pears between the slices and cover with the sauce.

(This recipe serves 4 people)