This is adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe and is fantastic as a fancy accompaniment for your Artisan vegan cheeses or antipasto ;)
I used Kroger brand of Marsala cooking wine which I confirmed with Kroger is vegan!
Agave Marsala Pears
2 firm pears (approximately 1 pound total weight) each cut into 1/8', leaving skin
2 tablespoons olive oil (regular, not extra-virgin)
3 tablespoons Marsala (or sherry or port - you basically want a sweet fortified wine)
2 tablespoons agave
1/2 cup walnut halves
1 pound vegan artisan cheese for serving
While you are cutting the pears, let the oil heat in a large frying pan/skillet.
Fry the pears for 3 minutes a side, and while they are frying whisk the Marsala and agave together in a cup.
When the pears have had their time, add the Marsala-honey mixture and let it bubble up around the pears, and then transfer them, all bronzed and syrupy, to a plate.
Add the walnuts to the dark juices left in the pan and stir-fry them for about a minute until they are themselves darkened in part and sticky all over.
Remove them to the plate with the pears and add the cheeses.