My fondest memories are those from the holidays with the extended family. My grandmother and her sisters just a little too happy from holiday cheer laughing together until they cried, the antics that ensued, the toasty two rooms of long tables encircled with plenty of family, the abundance of food and pies, the chilly walks around the block to digest the dinner and the sheepshead played late into the evening.
Mark my words cranberries will be considered a superfood one of these years. Packed with crazy levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, with compounds and phytonutrients to protect blood vessels, prevent kidney stones and cancer, prevent viruses and combat urinary tract infections and viruses, and possible a natural probiotic encouraging healthy bacteria and fighting bad bacteria in the gut and mouth .
Cranberries are one of the fruits to buy organic! Between containing high levels of pesticides, growing in poisoned bog water, and sprayed with chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system, organic is a must!
Cranberry relish (with tweaks to the recipe) stayed my constant as the family dwindled, friend gatherings replaced family, and sometimes solitary holidays replaced those. My mom gave me the food mill to keep my contribution alive each year. As my kitchen equipment moved to the 21st century, the food mill collected dust and the hand blender, then the food processor, then this year the Blendtec whipped the ingredients into relish.
All the years I ground up those fruits and sugar, I called the relish cranberry sauce. Imagine my annoyance when at one meal a friend corrected me saying “this isn’t sauce, it’s relish”. Well the next year, I made sauce! It was amazing but it wasn’t the nostalgia of my cranberries, oranges and sugar.
The traditional 4 year old Lisa’s cranberry relish required
The Cranberry Sauce
Cook cranberries and orange juice in a saucepan until the cranberries pop. Add the vanilla bean and cinnamon stick, honey and red wine to taste. Let simmer until it tastes awesome. I put this through a sieve so it was completely smooth.
Cranberry Relish 2010
For those of you drinking Coconut Kefir , I combined 4 ounces of fresh fizzy coconut kefir with about ¼ to ½ a cup of this relish and LOVED it as a refreshing holiday drink.