spicy red wine strawberry compote

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I haven’t done any cooking at all, I have, of course I have, I have been a little stuck though, we all get stuck in our cooking ruts don’t we?

So now that I am harvesting fresh ingredients again, I am inspired to try new things, this recipe is one of them……

For the compôte

1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
2 cardamom pods, cracked
2 blades mace
750ml/1⅓ pint red wine
1 tsp cinnamon
1 vanilla pod, split
1 dried chilli
200g/7oz caster sugar
1 fresh bay leaf
1 orange, zest and juice
500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, hulled