Ah yes it is that time of year again when we all panic and think we don’t know what we want to eat for Christmas or how to cook it.
I am included in this. I have had so many phone calls with my mummy and texts with the family about what we will eat this year. And with every year not much changes. Turkey with cocktail sausages, and bacon, roast potatoes, parmesan roasted parsnips, carrots, stuffing and gravy.
It is a little different this year for obvious reasons, a smaller gathering than usual and no one has any energy to go all out. We have even decided to order dessert, as this year I don’t even have the energy for it, which is very unusual for me. Having said that, I might pull a little something extra out of my hat.
Although we are going simple this year, I still make my cranberry sauce. Cranberry sauce makes everything work in my opinion, and while I could totally buy it and did until last year, making it is very simple and really makes all the elements of Christmas dinner work together. I have two recipes for cranberry sauce. A very simple subtle one and this spiced version, which just adds that little something extra special to the dish. The warming fragrance of nutmeg and cinnamon make this sauce extra Christmassy.
SPICED CRANBERRY SAUCE
Cranberry sauce is ridiculously easy to make. A bit like making jam really only simpler. For this spiced sauce, I added in just a little ground cinnamon and nutmeg, just to raise the profile of the sauce. When tasting the finished product, I immediately felt like it was Christmas.
- 300 g fresh cranberries
- 1 cup (230ml) of cold water
- 150 g of caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
In a medium saucepan, add in the cranberries, sugar, water, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir regularly for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before spooning into sterilised jars. It is that simple.
This will keep for up to 2 weeks in air tight jars. Perfect to enjoy over the entire festive season. This makes 1 large jar and 2 small take home pots for your guests.