Tuesday, 20 November 2012

35 days to go...

I'm getting ready for Christmas: I've bought two packets of tissues in festive boxes, some brandy snaps and some sausagemeat. All impulse buys. I have also purchased a small chest (titter titter) freezer for the garage which I am going to fill with festive food. Starting with a delectable cranberry compote to accompany your hot turkey and cold leftovers.

Dish of cranberry compote with spoon with holly background
Cranberry compote

Cranberry compote

150g dried cranberries
grated rind and juice of 2 oranges
half a pint of ginger wine
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons arrowroot

Place everything except the arrowroot in a pan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes until the cranberries are tender but not mushy. Meanwhile, mix the arrowroot with a little water, tip it into the pan and keep stirring until the mixture thickens. 

Next time: Gravy. Make it ahead to save you time and last minute lumpy gravy disaster.

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