I recently put this sauce together to accompany a roasted goose dinner we prepared for St. Martin’s day in Germany. Using fresh ingredients, this sauce is an antioxidant rich, immune boosting powerhouse that can be served warm or cold. Leftovers can be added to oatmeal, or made into a breakfast smoothie, or even a sorbet! Enjoy
Zest of one Orange
Fresh Ginger Root
Dried (powdered seeds) Coriander
For the Sauce:
Place the fresh cranberries in a little water (enough to cover them, remembering they float) and add the juice of one orange, the zest of at least half an orange (I use more, as I love the taste it evokes), blackcurrants, at least a heaped teaspoon of cinnamon, with a teaspoon of coriander, some cloves and a pinch of nutmeg, with the juice of fresh ginger root (I use about 6cm worth of ginger root).
Simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until all the cranberries pop their skin. Let cool.
In a separate bowl add the seeds of one fresh pomegranate with the juice of one orange, and a large handful of physalis (taken out of their leaves, washed and cut in half).
If you are looking for a chunky sauce with pomegranate seeds, then fold the mixtures together (once cooled)
Personally, I do not like biting down on pomegranate seeds, so I place the pomegranate mixture into a food processor and pulse it for a few minutes on low. I then pass the mixture through a sieve to extract the pomegranate seeds completely. Therefore, my cranberry sauce is nice and smooth with no lumps or hard seeds. I also like to serve mine warm, rather than cold. If you are looking for a less runny sauce, you can add some gelatin to this mixture!
This sauce goes great with a variety of meats such as turkey, goose, duck, or chicken!
Cold, it also goes great over vanilla ice cream! As an antioxidant powerhouse, it makes an excellent breakfast smoothie!
The Cast of Characters and their Benefits:
- Fresh cranberries are famous for their antioxidants and natural immune boosting properties. They are also famous for curing bladder and kidney problems, relieving symptoms of stress or depression, and curing the common cold. In addition to lowering cholesterol and reducing heart disease, these little powerhouses also help control diabetes and should really be enjoyed year-round!
- Fresh Pomegranate(s) are antioxidant powerhouses. Potassium and Vitamin C rich they help control body weight, protect against cell damage, boost heart health and combat viral infections. Pomegranates also used to prevent anemia (low iron) and aide in digestion. Caution should be taken as Pomegranates may interfere with some medications, much like fresh grapefruits do also! Also, since they lower blood pressure, caution should be taken by those who take blood-pressure-lowering medications as it may instigate hypotension.
- Fresh Orange(s) alkalize the body, regulate high blood pressure, keep your eye sight healthy, fight off viral infections, and protect your skin cells. Their high levels of vitamin C neutralize free radicals (which cause chronic diseases) and can therefore assist in curing cancers. Being a good source of potassium, this citrus fruit has been said to help cure heart disease also! Caution should be taking when using orange zest, as most oranges are sprayed with cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting pesticides. Purchase from local farmers who can assure how they were grown, or buy organic – neither are guaranteed but they are probably safer choices than your standard grocery store orange. In any case, wash your orange well before using for either juice or zest, as pesticides can also penetrate through the skin. In the case of oranges, the peel contains much more fiber and vitamin C than the fruit itself! Enjoy!
- Fresh Black Currents have often been called one of the healthiest fruits on the planet! They contain the highest amount of antioxidants – in fact, more so than any other fruit. In addition to Vitamin C and Vitamin A, they are one of the best immunity boosters out there. Research has proved that blackcurrants are successful in treating cancer, inflammation, and neurological diseases as well as being used for anti-aging purposes.
- Fresh Physalis are an excellent source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, iron, calcium and trace amounts of B vitamins. They contain essential amino acids and help fortify the immune system.
- Fresh Ginger Root is revered and has been used for thousands of years in treating a variety of ailments. Notoriously, ginger soothes nausea, motion sickness and other upset stomachs as well as morning sickness, dizziness, and a host of intestinal problems. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which boost the immune system and protect against bacteria and fungi. It also supports cardiovascular health
- Cinnamon has been used for its medicinal properties by many cultures for thousands of years. It also significantly reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels while also supporting digestive function, relieving congestion, and muscle/joint pain. As a natural blood-thinning spice, Cinnamon stimulates your circulation and in high doses it has been proven to kill E.Coli and other bacteria!
- Dried (powdered seeds) Coriander – this is one of the healing superpower spices! It aides in digestion and lowers cholesterol as well as being an anti-inflammatory it is rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids, magnesium, iron and fiber. It has also been said that coriander helps protect against the salmonella virus
- Nutmeg is another powerhouse spice which boosts the immune system, aides in inflammation, digestion and also supports brain activity, easing anxiety and helping with sleep disorders. Nutmeg is quite potent, and usually only a little is needed with your food. Caution should be taken, not to ingest too much nutmeg as it can lead to hallucinations and racing heart beats.
- Clove tea has long been used to cure coughs and lung infections. Whenever I have a toothache, I bite down on a clove, as the oil eases the pain and helps fight infection.