One pot, 42 utensil meals

I believe in the bloggin biz this dish is what you call a “one pot meal.” OK, maybe not “meal” as it’s a compote, but it really should take at most one pot, a cutting board, a knife, and a spoon, not the 42 items figure 3 reveals it took me to make it. I didn’t let that get me down, though. Bottom line: this is great and (usually) easy-to-make food.

I don’t have a distinct recipe, but it’s something along these lines:

  1. Put a lot (maybe a pound) of strawberries and about half as much rhubarb in a big pot with 1/2 – 3/4 a cup of sugar, zest of a lime, and ten cardamom pods (I’ve tried grated ginger, too, with excellent results).
  2. Nudge the ingredients with a wooden spoon until they start to release liquids and those liquids bubble.
  3. Simmer for a few minutes until the fruit is soft but not completely broken down
  4. Transfer compote to the container you want to store it in to let it cool, fishing out the cardamom pods along the way.
  5. Serve in bowls by itself or as an accompaniment to yogurt, ice cream, granola, or anything else you can think of.

Made for a friend of the blog, I have no doubt this compote will please said friend so long as I don’t finish it before her arrival.

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