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Platter with Maple-Cinnamon Nuts and Rooibos-Poached Pears

Meg’s Extremely Sexy & Versatile Platter with Maple-Cinnamon Nuts & Rooibos-Poached Pears

Credit: Meg Thompson

A platter filled with lots of gorgeous bits and pieces is one of my favourite things. It’s also fantastically versatile, allowing you to add whatever you have on hand. A more savoury version would also be delicious; add slow-roasted cherry tomatoes, green pea dip and fresh crudités.

Serves: 6–10



  • Maple-cinnamon nuts
  • ¾ cup nuts such as macadamias & pecans
  • ¼–½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup
  • Rooibos-poached pears
  • 1 pear, sliced into 1cm slices
  • 2 rooibos teabags
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Berries, passionfruit, figs, pomegranate, lychees, to serve
  • Good-quality dark chocolate, to serve
  • Good-quality cheese or cashew cheese, to serve
  • Homemade dips, to serve
  • Sugar snap peas, snow peas, cucumber slices, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place nuts on lined baking tray and bake for 10 mins.
  3. Remove from oven and add cinnamon and maple, stirring to coat.
  4. Pop back in oven for 5 mins, or until nicely browned.
  5. The nuts will crisp up as they cool.
  6. For pears, make strong infusion with teabags and ½ cup boiled water.
  7. Add to small saucepan with maple syrup and pears.
  8. Bring to low simmer and cook for 20 mins, or until pears are tender.
  9. To assemble platter, arrange everything on large plate or board and serve with crackers or bread, if desired.


Meg Thompson

Meg Thompson is a practising naturopath, cook, mother, writer and passionate wholefood enthusiast based in Melbourne. Meg’s interest in health, food and the role of food as medicine has shaped her career and lifestyle. Following an early career in psychology and education, she completed studies in naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine and now runs a successful clinical practice. Meg works from a philosophy that food is much more than something to fill our bellies, but a source of nourishment, deliciousness, education, ritual and celebration, best shared with those we love.