This compote works on so many levels, from the sweetness and sourness (of the sugar and verjus) through to the unexpected hit of chilli and the plump cherries. It is great with the strawberry ice cream and also with the raspberry white chocolate mousse. It will keep in the fridge for 6 days if kept in a sealed jar.
Place everything except the cherries into a pot, bring to a rapid simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add the cherries and continue to simmer for 5 minutes with a lid on, stirring several times. Take from the heat and leave to cool.