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Wednesday’s Bounty

May 24th, 2006 · 6 Comments

apricots.jpgThe Santa Monica Farmer’s market that takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays is the highlight of my week. Each visit brings inspiration and renewed energy to my love of food and cooking. There are always new vegetable varieties, fruits, honeys, nuts, and olives to be discovered. I found this week to be an exceptionally great market as there were a lot of new appearances by fruits and vegetables that I hadn’t seen all winter. First I strolled past a stall with soft fuzzy little apricots – before even establishing a plan for what I would do with these apricots I began to fill a bag with some. There would be plenty of time for thinking later. Then across from the apricots I found the sugar snap peas which I’ve been buying for a few weeks now – they are so crunchy and, as the name suggests, very sweet! I meandered towards the next stalls offering tomatoes, peaches, onions, meyer lemons, and then I spotted a newcomer: cherries! These bright red little orbs were bursting with sweet flavor. I was expecting them to be tart but they were fantastically sweet. I learned that this variety was called Brooks and that they had a very short season lasting only several weeks – fortunately I came at the right time! Traversing past more stalls I was welcomed by the smells of herbs, freshly cut flowers, and the earthy fragrance that fresh produce exudes. It was very intoxicating and my mind was whirling with excitment at all of my new finds today. After stopping off at the Rockenwagner Bakery stall for the usual lemon poppy seed scone that I treat myself to and a chocolate chip cookie that I buy for my boyfriend Kareem I walked back past all of the stalls one more time. The beautiful warm sunny day was full of promise and my bag was full of goodies. It was a great morning.

And in case you’re wondering what I decided to do with those adorable little apricots, well I made a delicious compote with them to serve over cold ice cream.

Apricot Compote with Vanilla Ice Cream

4-5 Apricots sliced (will make about 2 cups worth sliced)
4 Tablespoons water
1 1/2 Tablespoon sugar (you may need to add more depending on how sweet the fruit is to begin with, tasting is the best way to tell)
1 pinch cinnamon
Your favorite kind of vanilla ice cream

Optional: toasted walnuts to top – toasting is super simple, just add the nuts to a dry pan and place over medium heat. Toss occasionally and keep an eye on them as they’ll toast quickly and you don’t want them to burn and turn bitter. You’ll know when they’re ready because they’ll give off a great nutty aroma and they’ll change color only slightly. You’ll also notice that they become slightly shiny as their natural oils emerge.

1) Add the sliced apricots to the pot along with the water, sugar, and cinnamon. Start the pot on a medium to high heat and bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer – allowing it to simmer until the fruit gets soft and a thick sauce develops (about 5-10 minutes).

Serve over cold ice cream and top with toasted walnuts (if you like nuts)! This easy compote can be made with all kinds of fruit – it’s great with berries, apples, pears or any combination thereof! This is such a great easy recipe to know because you’ll be able to whip up a fantastic dessert with minimal effort anytime. Also, if you ever have any over-ripe fruit or bruised fruit rather than throw it away try making a compote – these fruit will be delicious with ice cream as shown here, simply as it is, or with yogurt.

Tags: Dessert · Entertaining

6 responses so far ↓

  • kareem // May 24, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    before even establishing a plan for what I would do with these apricots I began to fill a bag with some

    That’s my girl… buy first and ask questions later!

  • Ivonne // May 25, 2006 at 6:48 am

    Oh my my my!

    Geneve, what a stunning picture. I suddenly have an overwhelming urge for apricots. Thank you for the recipe. I have clipped it and will be sure to try it when we have fresh apricots.


  • Brenda // May 25, 2006 at 8:03 am

    What a lovely Blog!!!

  • gabriele // May 25, 2006 at 11:52 am

    what an amazing picture and what a great blog! it just makes me happy and summery all over to look at those beautiful, fuzzy apricots on the perfect blue cloth. and i just made your compote with esthie’s organic rhubarb. of course with a little less water. it is delicious. i can’t wait to go with you to the market.

  • romy // May 31, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    nice meeting you last weekend! here is the website i was telling you about…

  • Sarah // Jun 25, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    This is a delectable dessert! I poured it over vanilla frozen yogurt and delighted in every bite.