Strawberry Cardamom Compote with Lime
Posted on 28 February 2013
I clearly gave up too much for Lent.
Why did I think it was a good idea to sacrifice multiple things for 46 days?! 6 1/2 weeks?! Madness or stupidity? I’m still not sure.
- Diet Coke: This one seemed easy. And was (somewhat) easy. Until the morning of day 3 when I didn’t have any caffeine. It was ugly. Hello, addiction. I got back on that wagon right quick, courtesy of some flavored green tea.
- Bread: This one is an entire category! A category! Sandwich bread, pita bread, naan…and tortillas! Apparently, I eat a LOT of tortillas. I have had to resort to eating salads for lunch; I disgust myself with all the vegetables.
- Sweets: Another whole category! No desserts, no chocolate, no candy! I am shouting from lack of sugar! Sugar is one of the major food groups! I need my sucrose!!!
My friends have predicted that I will lose weight. They are wrong. As a result of #2, I overcompensate by loading up on other, allowable carbs, including cheesy rice, cheesy pasta, and cheesy popcorn. The last is arguably my most egregious crutch.
But I do have an acceptable virtuous substitute in place to manage #3. I grew up eating Indian-style yogurt, which is very similar to Greek yogurt, but far more sour. It is traditionally consumed at the end of the meal.
I now save up my little yogurt with fruit to enjoy at the end of dinner, as if it were a proper dessert.It’s creamy and sweet and I can almost convince myself that it’s a treat.
Look, this is what I have been reduced to. Please humor this poor sugar-deprived Lent-observing bordering-on-lunacy person over here. It’s been a rough few weeks.
Today, I knew I had to kick it up a notch if I was to endure through March 31st. Inspired by two 2-year-old jam recipes and with leftover strawberries from a weekend preserving frenzy, I concocted a lovely luscious yogurt topping. Even better, it’s quick and super simple so I can whip up a fresh batch — with variations — every day.
I may make it yet!
Adapted from Bon Appetit