This can be as a first course appetizer, but I love to serve this as a salad starter. It is so good and really is a show stopper. The spinach is pan seared for just 1 minute and then topped with the scallops seared and garnished with a brandy cream sauce. Note, the sauce can easily be made ahead of time as well as the apples and pears. Pan searing the spinach as I mentioned and scallops takes only minutes so make sure everything is done and ready to go. To keep the apple, pears and scallops warm, I just put them in a small bowl and cover with foil and set in a 200 degree oven. But it is not a big deal if you don't put them in the oven, just covering them with foil should keep them warm enough. This is a very quick but very elegant dish. I have served this for many holiday dinner and always has rave reviews. It is also on my catering menu and is always very popular. So, don't be scared off by four steps. Two steps are done in advance and the rest is done in just minutes. Just take it step by step. It is not hard.