Tag: cinnamon

Fig and cinnamon preserve

Fig and cinnamon preserve

Over the summer I had the joy of going to Andalucia Spain to look after these two beauties. They are Pippin (the ginger one) and Luna. They have beautiful natures and were such good company. Whilst there each day I walked past a row of…

Quick late night snack

Quick late night snack

These griddle pancakes are so quick and easy to whip up if you need something warm, filling and comforting. The best ones in my opinion are cinnamon and raisin but you could easily add different things if you prefer. Back in my student days these…

Blackberry season

Blackberry season

I have been away this week and got back to very little food in the house. I did discover however that I had a good crop of ripe blackberries in the garden. I didn’t have enough for a jam making session so decided to make them into a compote instead. I started with 1lb 4oz of washed blackberries in a pan, I like a bit of spice so added seven cloves (I prefer odd numbers and seven is my favourite) and a large stick of cinnamon. If you don’t like as much spice as me use less cloves. Add a couple of teaspoons of sugar or some honey again its up to you how sweet you like it, I prefer it to be a bit tart. Add a splash of water and the juice of half a lemon and simmer gently for anywhere between five and ten minutes until the fruit has softened and released lovely deep red juices.

I had some gluten free bread in the freezer so just had a simple tea of buttery toast and a pot of spicy blackberry compote. It was so nice I had the same again for breakfast! Next time I think I will have a lump of mature cheddar cheese with it to as I have a feeling it will go perfectly, and what meal is not enhanced by the addition of cheese?