Pour the wine into a saucepan,
tip in the sugar and then add the
pieces of vanilla pod. Stir over a
low heat until the sugar has
dissolved, then add the apricots.
Cover and gently poach the
apricots until just softened - about
15-20 minutes for whole fruit and
10-15 minutes for halves.
Lift the apricots out and put them
in a bowl. Boil the liquid hard for
8-10 minutes to make a thin syrup,
then pour over the apricots and
leave to cool. Serve warm or cold,
with a good vanilla ice cream and a
piece of vanilla pod to decorate.