Hospitality is Love and Strawberry Rhubarb Compote with Coconut Sugar

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote with Coconut Sugar

What I love about good friends who really know you, understand you, and accept you (dirty house and all), is that when they come to your house, they just want to be loved.

It’s really about your attitude and how you make them feel when you open the door!

Rhubarb & Roses

I recently saw this quote:

My house was clean yesterday, sorry you missed it!

HA! Love that.

Last week my friend Cindy brought me the sweetest gift – just because!

Rhubarb & Roses

I love these kind of gifts.

The rhubarb was from her garden, cleverly tied to beautiful roses (also from her yard).

Rhubarb & Roses

Stunning! I immediately put them into a glass of water to enjoy on my kitchen counter.

Rhubarb & Roses

Later I made a rich compote with strawberries from our garden, and added the rhubarb.

I say “rich” because I used Coconut Sugar, which together was a lovely combination, and we served it warm over vanilla ice cream. Oh, boy!

Hospitality is about love, not a clean house.

I am glad that I get that.

Do you worry about your house, when friends stop by?

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote



Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Compote with Coconut Sugar {}

Summary: Choose thinner stalks for a more tender compote.


  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup rhubarb, ends trimmed, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • Lemon


  1. In a small pan bring 1/2 cup coconut sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil.
  2. Add 1 cup of rhubarb. Bring to a boil for 1 minutes. Add in the 2 cups of strawberries. Bring to boil again.
  3. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over all; stir. Simmer, stirring often, until the rhubarb is tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Serve warm over ice cream or pound cake.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4


We buy our Coconut Sugar at Trader Joe’s or at Natural Grocers in Medford.

15 comments on “Hospitality is Love and Strawberry Rhubarb Compote with Coconut Sugar”

  1. Sounds awesome! Going strawberry picking, do you think I can can This?

  2. That is one pretty dish! Strawberries & Rhubarb sounds like such a tasty flavor combo. I have to try to find some coconut sugar up here in the North Country. What else do you use it for?

  3. Love your Idea, it’s so good !

  4. This looks really good! Love how you look at what you have and form it into an amazing recipe :-)

  5. Love the quote. I feel like that all the time.

  6. I only worry about my house when I know the people coming over are going to “nit-pick” everything. We have some friends and relatives for that matter that stick their noses up at a “not so tidy” home and will gossip like their life depends on it. I also know who loves us enough that a little mess doesn’t matter. Love the compote and the bouquet!

  7. I plan on giving the dad in my life a dvd he wants and some time to relax.

  8. LOVE the compote over yogurt idea, and that quote “My house was clean, sorry you missed it” – truer words have never been spoken :)

  9. What a beautiful dish here, love some strawberries for a treat, and with the smell of rhubarb added in takes it to the next level!

    I’m totally a person who stresses out about cleaning when guests come over, although with age I’ve come to realize the majority of people don’t even notice and just want a good conversation, the table that it’s done at doesn’t need to be cleared.

  10. Haha, I love that quote too. And this compote!

  11. Lovely surprise!

    Sometimes I worry about my house being messy, but those times are fewer than before. Growing up a little at a time!

  12. So sweet! It sounds like you have the best friends….probably because you ARE a great friend!

    And, I want to and need to embrace that clean house quote. I tend to meet pop-overs on the porch when the house is messy. Haha!

  13. The strawberry/rhubarb combo is one of my favorite early summer treats. I haven’t tried coconut sugar. Always like to try new-to-me things so I’ll look for it next time I’m at TJ’s.


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