If you have any kind of 'scoop & weigh' shop near you, they're worth a try for dried pears.......... I made a pear and marzipan cake one year (can't remember where the recipe was from - might have been Nigella Lawson!) but didn't like it when it was made! Last year I made a vegan Rum Tortuga cake which I really liked - might make it again - we're really spoilt for choice when it comes to Xmas cake options, aren't we!?!?!
I see you've dedicated a blog to me - just going to read it!
I know what you mean, Pookie, I don't use my dehydrator very much - but it is useful. If you're not concerned about drying things under 115 degrees (the usual 'raw' definition) then you can use your oven on it's lowest setting for most dehydrated things (or the warming oven in an Aga type stove). 11 days ago
Thank you for your suggestion of topical ibuprofen. I actually have some lidocaine/muscle relaxant cream that I've been using. The heat I started on the sore muscles is helping immensely. Thanks again for the suggestion and for taking time to read/comment on my blog!