Turning fruit-bowl slop into dessert-bowl mmmmmmm

A few bit of fruit that have seen better days....

How was your Christmas, did you overindulge? I did. There’s just so much to tempt me, so much that’s ‘special’ and delicious to eat. In fact the days are barely long enough to fit in all of the eating. There are the breakfasts, brunches, lunches, afternoon teas, early drinkies, dinner, dessert and supper. It’s hardcore, trying to find the time to sleep when you’re so busy shoving good tasting stuff down your gob all day.

Anyway, needless to say, I’m feeling a little worse for wear now. I made the mistake of looking in the mirror. In profile my tummy is sticking out further than my boobs, which is a BAD SIGN. So I’m thinking detox and healthier foods. But to be honest, I suffer a bit of emotional trauma if I go from feast to famine too quickly. Far better for me to ease out of the festivities slowly.

Which is perhaps why I found myself in the kitchen this morning dreaming of fruit compotes. They’re perfect; the right mix of fruit freshness with a naughty sweet treat edge. And justifiable at this time of year, when stone fruit is so abundant. I do that thing in the supermarket where I just buy four peaches and four nectarines and four plums and four apricots (for my family of four). But of course I get home and they’re all too hard to eat. And the next day we check eagerly and find them still like rocks. And the next. Finally we forget about them, and after a particularly hot day I find myself with an expensive fruit bowl soup of wrinkly skins and too-soft bits that are starting to mold together.

So really with this dish, I’m not avoiding detox, I’m just being a frugal homemaker, ensuring that I just don’t waste anything. Of course, I wouldn’t serve this on icecream (noooooo, never), just a bowl of vanilla yoghurt is a better choice.

vegie smugglers peach and apricot compote

And abracadabra! Fruit divinity awaits you.

Peach & Apricot compote

2 peaches
3 apricots
¼ cup brown sugar
Juice of 1 orange
8cm lemon peeling
1 cinnamon stick

Cut a cross into the bottoms of the fruit. Pop in a heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over the top. After a minute or so, remove them and peel off the skins. Chop roughly (I like a non-uniform texture).

Place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. After 5 minutes or so, turn off the heat and leave everything to stew together for a bit.

Serve warm or cold over yoghurt, pancakes, French toast (or icecream). And if you have it, a little drizzle of lime juice on top makes this really zingy and delicious.

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8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Well, this came at just the right time!!! I was contemplating up ending my fruit bowl into the compost! Well … some of it had to go, but others I salvaged. I threw in whatever I had; apricots, nectarines and plums. Now I am inspired, I might even make a crumble to go on the top! Thanks so much for sharing! Instead of compost, I have dessert! YAY!!!

  2. 3

    Kirsten Gardner said,

    Thank you Wendy. This sounds scrumptious! How long would something like this last?

  3. 6

    Angela said,

    I can highly recommend trying Sarah Wilson’s “I Quit Sugar” program, I’ve been off the stuff for over 6 weeks now, including Christmas. It really works and I feel so much better for it!

  4. 7

    Rosie W said,

    That looks amazing, thank you!

  5. 8

    Mmmm, yum. I made a big batch with lots of peaches from our tree and only a few apricots. I have a lovely warm bowl with yoghurt for my lunch right now. Delicious.

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