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Cranberry Relish with Date Syrup and Aromatics

A simple, quick and gorgeously easy cranberry relish for your Christmas table without the use of table sugar. Since giving up sugar, I find anything that contains it is simply too sweet - and it strangely numbs the mouth - but the use of date syrup softens the sharpness of the cranberries without overpowering it - perfect as a fruit accompaniment to roast turkey. So ditch your bottled cranberry sauce and try this - it is truly superior to anything commercially made - bursting with cranberry goodness you'll not find in a jar.

Nutritionally, cranberries are known to slow the growth of cancer, triggering cell death and reducing inflammation. They are also traditionally used in the management of UTIs and are chock full of vitamins and antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, as well as useful amounts of magnesium and potassium.


Serves 6 - 8

600 g cranberries, well washed

3 star anise

1 large cinnamon stick

juice and zest of 2 oranges

5 tbs date syrup

added filtered water, if required

** 1 cup of Healing Intent

1. Add all the ingredients into a saucepan (except the filtered water) gently simmer for around 20 minutes until the cranberries just break down. Add extra water if too dry. Stir in a little extra date syrup if too sour.

2. Allow to cool and leave the aromatics in the sauce until serving time.

** Healing Intent: when cooking foods to heal the body it is important to set your intent. The best way to do this is imagine that you are cooking this dish for yourself or for someone you love who is very ill and that this dish is the only thing that will help in their healing. You will find that the way you handle the food will change, and will not only result in a better dish, but you will feel the food actually nourishing your body and spirit.

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