We automatically think of poached pears with cheese, but apples are a little more unusual and bring a whole new twist to a traditional combination. Keep the leftover poaching liquid for drizzling over desserts and ice cream.
Combine the red wine, water, Marsala, sugar, honey, lemon zest and juice and rosemary in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the apples and poach for about 15 minutes, then allow to cool in the poaching liquid. Remove and slice the apples in half. Bring the poaching liquid to a simmer and reduce until it’s slightly more syrupy.
Place the salad leaves on a platter. Place the apples on the leaves and sprinkle with the blue cheese and walnuts. Drizzle over a little of the syrupy poaching liquid.
*These items can be adapted to use local producers if you wish.