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Crank It Up A Notch

Posted on 21 Dec 2010 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

With -8°C and the snow piled high, it's time to crank things up a notch... like the heater! I barely survived my bike ride from home to the gym to the market and back home again. Despite my super-duper double gloves, my fingers were so frostbitten that I cried out when the blood started flowing through them again. Damn, I have a poor blood circulation! I walk around with frosty feet and icy hands all day :-( I don't think I can improve my circulation diet-wise, although my special cranberry sauce does make me tingle ^^
I cranked it up a notch for the icicles among us! The result is a glühwein-like taste ^^

Cranberry Sauce With A Kick


  • 1 12 oz (340 grams) packet of fresh or frozen cranberries (defrosted), rinsed and drained
  • half the rind and all the juice of 1 blood orange
  • 1 apple, cored and cubed
  • 120 mL (1/2 cup) water
  • 3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • cranberry liquor (mandarin liquor and Grand Marnier will also work just fine)


  1. Put all ingredients, except for the liquor, together in a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.

  2. Let simmer on low heat for ~ 10 minutes until almost all the cranberries have popped. Remove from heat.

  3. Add a splash of liquor and taste. Add more if you like... don't be shy! I added both mandarin and cranberry liquor.
  4. Let it cool down (it will thicken even more) and serve with fish, chicken, oatmeal... whatever you fancy basically!
    And be responsible, don't eat this cranberry sauce and drive ;-p

PS.: E found this sauce to be a bit too much on the tart side, but I found it had the perfect balance between sweet and tart.
Taste it while preparing and add more molasses or sugar if you don't find it sweet enough. I will increase the amount of added molasses to 5 tbsp next time, to satisfy E's sweet tooth.

TOMORROW: A recipe for snowballs! Really? Yeah, really!


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