Cranberry Sauce

‘Tis the season to be jolly, as they say.  ‘Tis also the season to make your own simple additions for you Christmas dinner and there’s nothing more simple then your own, homemade, cranberry sauce, using only 4 ingredients.

150g Soft brown sugar
45ml Ruby port
Grated zest and juice of one orange
300g Cranberries
1. Tip all of your ingredients into a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until thick.
2. Taste (be warned, it’s VERY hot, so allow it to cool on the spoon for a few seconds before you try it) and adjust the sugar content to your own personal taste.
3. Pour into sterilised jars, seal and allow to cool before placing in the fridge.
4. This will easily keep for a couple of weeks before the ‘big day’ on 25th.
I like mine sharp, so keep the sugar content low. You may wish to add more, depending on your own personal preference.

Apple & Sultana Chutney with a Chilli Kick

My basic apple & sultana chutney with a little bit of a ‘kick’.  This is great to cook if you need to clear your head.  Remember to put the extractor fan on high though!

1.5kg Cooking Apples, cored and finely diced; no need to peel
750g Light Muscovado sugar
500g Sultanas
1 Medium white onion, finely chopped
1 Medium red onion, finely chopped
10ml Mustard seeds
10ml Ground Ginger
10ml Ground coriander
10ml Garlic powder
10ml dried Chilli flakes
5ml Salt
300ml Cider vinegar
300ml Red Wine Vinegar
150ml Balsamic Vinegar

1. In a large, heavy based pan, combine all the ingredients.

2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes, stirring frequently until thick & syrup-like.  Remember to keep it moving every minute or so as it gets thicker to prevent it sticking to the pan.

3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a while.
4. Decant into hot, clean, sterilised jars and seal.

5. Store in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks for the flavours to develop fully before enjoying.


Quick Red Onion Relish

This is a great & quick dish to serve alongside any dish of meat, or even with some cheese & a wedge of bread.  Very versatile indeed!

2 Red onions
25g Butter
1 heaped Tsp Sugar
10ml Balsamic vinegar

1. Slice the onions.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
3. Fry the onions until they soften.
4. Add the sugar and cook for a few minutes until the onions start to break down.
5. Add the balsamic vinegar and continue to cook further for a few minutes until the relish becomes sticky & syrup-like.
6. Serve hot as an accompaniment with a meal or allow to cool and serve with cheese & cold meats.

Sour Cherry Chutney

  • 5ml Rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 x 350g jar Morello cherries in syrup
  • 50ml Balsamic vinegar
  • 50g Sultanas
  • 1 star anise
  • 1. Heat the oil and gently cook the onions for 10 minutes until transparent but not coloured.
    2. Add the cherries (including the syrup), balsamic vinegar, sultanas and star anise.
    3. Bring to the boil then simmer for 45 minutes until reduced and thickened.
    4. Serve warm as an accompaniment to pork or duck.
    You can also allow this to cool and serve with cheese, pâté or cooked meats.