Peach and Blackberry Compote
Peaches and berries are in peak season, and the two combine perfectly in this easy dish. Unlike traditional compotes, I did not add any sugar, and instead drew out the natural sweetness in the fruit with the heat. It is superb, sweet and tart, and a beautiful deep color.
I recently read "Fat Chance" by Dr. Robert Lustig. It's a fascinating read on the link between disease <- -> sugar & processed foods. Among other things, he attributes health epidemics (i.e. obesity, diabetes, cancer) to the overconsumption of sugar. Read it if you can, otherwise here's a NYT article, and a short TEDx video (if pressed for time, start at 8:52", or 11:00"). The entire lecture is here - it'll keep you busy while you do cardio.
In an age where food trends come and go almost daily, I believe that the overconsumption of added sugar is, well, the devil. Whether it's corn syrup, cane sugar, honey or raw agave, your body processes it the same way, as a toxin (the book and videos explain it in more detail). I try to avoid it, as best I can, and try to eat it only in its natural form: fruits.
Feeling inspired after finishing the book, I wanted to make the compote, without sugar. It turned out easy and delicious. It was on the table in 10 minutes and I spooned it warm over homemade, seedy grainy toast for breakfast.
This would work well on overnight soaked oats, chia pudding, or over yoghurt (greek, coconut, almond), on custard, with a cheese plate, on top of brie, a base for a crumble or other dessert (like banana ice cream - see pictures below).
Ingredients: 2 ripe medium peaches, pit removed and cut into wedges 1 cup blackberries 1 medium lemon pinch of salt
optional flavorings: cinnamon stick, ginger, lemon or orange zest
Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add peach wedges and blackberries, squeeze lemon juice on top. Add any optional flavorings if using. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, being careful to not break blackberries. The fruit should release liquid and become very aromatic.
Once fruit is soft (about 8 - 10 minutes), remove from heat, and transfer to bowl with all the juices. Eat warm, or let cool and store in fridge.
Yields about 3 cups
Breakfast: seedy grainy toast and compote
Peach and blackberry compote, banana ice cream, almonds and pollen