Strawberry Compote

This weekend, my friend Aoife flew over from the Isle of Man to stay with me for a few days.  Our weekend started early on the friday morning, as we began our journey down to Henley Regatta. I thought that we might need a hearty breakfast to keep us going until our picnic later on in the day!  Aoife is allergic to nuts, dairy and wheat (yes, that’s correct- pretty much all foods!) but I always enjoy the challenge of coming up with something that even the queen of all allergies can eat.

I decided on a hearty bowl of overnight oats to keep us going for a good few hours, as oats are a slow release of energy.  You can find the basic recipe here, but this time I used soya milk for the liquid and cinnamon for the flavouring.

I had some strawberries that were looking rather sad and sorry for themselves, so I thought I would make them into a lovely fresh compote to go on top of the oats.

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All you need is a bowl of fruit and a couple of tablespoons of sweetener- I used honey.  Hull the strawberries and pop them in a pan, just covering them in water.

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Bring to the boil and add in the sweetener. After about 20 minutes, the fruit should be lovely and soft, and the honey will have made it go all syrupy.

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It’s then good to go to plonk on your breakfast!

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I topped the oats with the compote, some fresh blackberries, a spoonful of linseeds and a drizzle of honey.  Serve with a big fresh pot of coffee and enjoy!

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