Since 2015 is going to be a year of change — new job, new coursework, new house projects, a wedding — it feels fitting that One Wooden Spoon should undergo a small transformation of its own. Same content, different look — may it treat all of us well!
Because change comes with constants, January was a month of visits from far-flung friends: Liz and Ian from England, Catherine from Vancouver, Steve and Jodi from Ireland. We caught up over drinks and dinner, but also over breakfast: pyjamas, slippered feet, big mugs of coffee, Dave’s eggs and toast, and my stewed fruit on the stove. Not a bad start for a chilly winter day.
Reasons to love stewed fruit:
- The smell of it simmering on the stove is enough to warm you up.
- It’s unfussy. Stewed fruit is going to roll with whatever fruit you have on your counter, in your pantry, or tucked at the back of your freezer. My next batch might be pears with a few handfuls of frozen peaches and blueberries.
- It’s friendly. Eat it on its own, top it with toasted nuts, or give it some heft by adding it to your bowl yogurt or oatmeal.
- Gluten free + dairy free: everyone I know can eat this.
- It gives you the fortitude necessary to brave the cold commute to work.
- It’s perfect lazy-creation food. Chop the fruit slowly while laughing with out-of-town friends, let it do its thing on the stove while you sit down for your second coffee, and pack the leftovers away for weekday breakfasts. Stewed fruit reheats like a dream.
- 4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 4 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
- 10 dried figs, stemmed and chopped
- 2 clementines, peeled and chopped
- 1-2 cups water
- 1/2 cup pear juice (optional)
- 1/2 cup orange juice (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- handful of nuts, toasted
1. Place the chopped apples in a medium saucepan. Add 1 cup water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let cook for 10 minutes, or until the apples have begun to soften.
2. Add the chopped pears, figs, clementines and cinnamon. Top up with pear juice and orange juice (if using), and a little water. Bring back to a boil and let cook, simmering, for 15-20 minutes, or until the fruit is softened.
3. Service hot as is, or spoon it over a bowl of plain yogurt or oatmeal. Top with toasted nuts.