Variety is the spice of life

They say variety is the spice of life. I agree, but recently, dare I say it, I’ve perhaps had too much variety. Adapting to a new job teamed with a busy August calendar, my hands have been forced in other areas of my life to make things ‘quick and easy’ – two words I don’t usually care for.

Embracing this spirit, I had a rare window of opportunity earlier in the week, where I became reacquainted with my kitchen. Rhubarb compote was the result of this dalliance, which has come to serve me breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spiced with star anise and cinnamon, my compote can be served for breakfast spread on toast, provides a quick lunch on the go with some other fruit, or, as you can see below, makes for a delicious quick, easy and low-calorie dessert for those friends that turn up for dinner unexpectedly. Simply add some compote to the bottom of a glass, top with vanilla yoghurt (I use Rachel’s), and then layer some crushed digestive biscuits on top. Here’s how to make this delicious compote:

Rhubarb compote

  • 400g of rhubarb
  • 2 tbsp of light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 star anise
  1. Chop the rhubarb into bite-sized chunks and place in a pot with the water, sugar, cinnamon and star anise.
  2. Cook over a medium heat for around 15 minutes or until the rhubarb has lost its shape, and resembles a compote. Taste, and add more sugar if required (I prefer my rhubarb on the sharper side).

The compote will keep in the fridge for around a week. I’ve told you how I like to eat my rhubarb, how do you like yours?


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  • http://www.thehautecookie.com thehautecookie

    YUM!!!!!!! I just saw a recipe for rhubarb macaroons and now this. I’m drooling!

  • chiara

    Ooh rhubarb macaroons, how amazing do they sound? Maybe one to try for the future x

  • http://little-white-whale.com/ Gloria

    Oh this looks delicious! I’ve only had rhubarb in a strawberry pie!

  • http://www.sailorjennie.com jennie may

    Oh yum! These look amazing, must give them a try soon! xo

  • chiara

    Thanks Jennie and Gloria. If you give it a try I hope you enjoy it x

  • http://theheartbeatsfaster.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa

    This looks delicious. I love rhubarb: I usually make pie, but this seems like a lovely light option. I must try it. You should definitely visit Henri: I’ve been living in Stockbridge for 7 months now and it’s taken me ages to finally make it there but it was worth it. And they have so many delicious French things to buy and use at home!