Oats with Blackberry and Cardamom Compote – I first made this recipe for a job that I did with Holland and Barrett, but I have continued to make it because I really like it. The tanginess of the blackberries and the sweetness of the honey with the warmth and gentle herby citrusy hit of cardamom is perfect on top of a bowl of hot steaming porridge.
Any time I put up a recipe like this, I wonder if it is really necessary. I mean it’s practically a non recipe and I don’t want people thinking that I am taking the … I’m really not. I just love oats/porridge as I may have mentioned several times. To me it is just comfort in a bowl. I am aware that it can be really slimy and unappealing to some. I think its all about technique. Not that I have any secrets. I do what everyone else does unless you use water in your recipe. I don’t do that.
Gosh..I’m not making any sense. Basically what I am trying to say is that I think oats is one of those ingredients that you can make badly when you can’t be asked. I have made so many bowls of awful porridge because I just kinda banged everything into a pot and got all my measurements wrong. I do still put everything into a pot I but I always add another layer of flavour because ike quinoa, porridge takes on flavour really well.
The reason I am sharing this recipe now is that I was absolutely freezing on my walk today. Coldest day of the year.. (HA I know..so funny). Ok coldest day since the colder months began late last year.
Anyway..I really think I should get on with sharing this recipe and spare you the horror of reading through my post today. I don’t even know if I am making sense. Clearly I need some sleep and seem to be ping ponging my way through thIs post.
Lets move on shall we? Not that this will make any sense but I found my memory card today. I lost it last week. I remember it being in my hand and then thinking ‘I won’t put it in my laptop bag or it will get lost’. What I should have done is put it into my camera but I couldn’t be asked to go and get it. I happened to be stood near the bed at the time. I was packing to go to my mums for a couple of days.
I have spent every day since then looking for it. On the bed, in the bed, under the bed, around the bed, in the laptop bag and its millions of pockets, in the drawers, on the drawers, around the drawers, under the drawers, In the camera bag and its pockets, in the camera.. basically everywhere. I didn’t want to get a new one because I knew it was THERE SOMEWHERE FGS. I mean, I had just had it in my hand. Where could it be?!
Anyway I finally admitted defeat and sat on my bed, opened my laptop and began ordering a new one from Amazon. It was then that I heard my husband yell ‘here it is’. He held it up like a blummin trophy. Of course he would find it. He found it in my laptop bag. Turns out I had put it there to keep it safe. I had turned that bag upside down you know.
Oats with Blackberry and Cardamom Compote
Oats with Blackberry and Cardamom Compote - I first made this recipe for a job that I did with Holland and Barrett, but I have continued to make it because I really like it. The tanginess of the blackberries and the sweetness of the honey with the warmth and gentle herby citrusy hit of cardamom is perfect on top of a bowl of hot steaming porridge.
- 100 g Oats
- 250 ml Milk of choice
- Pinch Salt
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 100 g Blackberries
- 2 Cardamom Pods Seeds removed and lightly crushed
- 2 tsp Honey
Combine the oats, milk, vanilla and salt to a pan and heat over high heat for 5 - 8 minutes or until thickened and cooked.
Combine the Blackberries, cardamom and honey in a small pot and simmer gently for 5 - 8 minutes until reduced and thickened.
Divide the oats between bowls and top with the compote, granola and dark chocolate. Pistachios work really well too!
Another oat recipe.