Friday, January 4, 2013

#258 New Year Resolutions of a Food Junkie-something bright red, something tart and sweet-Cranberry Chutney

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and joyous New Year 2013!!!

I was surfing a food website recently and came across this cartoon-"Today -Let's Blame Obesity" --. The temptations of junk food are growing in the modern workplace especially during the Holiday season and can break most healthy eating habits. As we step into 2013 leaving the old behind us let's welcome the new year with natural afternoon snacks by crunching on the veggie sticks packed away in our lunchtotes even though a macaroon or two may tempt us all the same:)
health If you are one of those people who can resist a macaroon temptation, steamed veggies are certainly an alternative and while there is a proliferation of new-wave cooking methods dehyrdated fruits are also gaining popularity. Just like the forgotten cranberry which is a very healthy fruit available as juice, fresh sauce or sweet craisins. Get your fair share of them this season be it dried or fresh. One of the endless possibilities of using leftover cranberries is to cook it down in a spicy chutney/relish.

Grilled salmon kabobs marinated in a little rosemary, garlic, lemon and olive oil to start the New Year. Serve them with two dipping chutneys---Mint and Cranberry. Let's hope my resolutions don't fade away by the end of the month..LOL!

1 cup cranberries
1 stick cinnamon
1 Orange
1/4 cup water
1 lemon
1/4 cup sugar
1 tspn ginger paste
1/4 tspn crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tspn Sriracha
Salt to taste

1. Place the cranberries in a small saucepan. Juice the orange and lemon and add the juices.
2. Toss one half of the orange skin after removing the seeds.
3. Now, add sugar, cinnamon, ginger, red pepper flakes, sriracha and place
over a slow fire.
4. Cook until the cranberries have popped to when it becomes mushy and the chutney is
thick. Season with enough salt to taste and remove the cinnamon stick and orange when the
chutney cools. Store.
5. Serve with grilled chicken or fish of your choice.


  1. looks so scrumptious!

  2. wow looks gr8...i just noticed ur web gr8 one...

  3. Wish you all the best Malli. It is something I have a hard time with too...

  4. just simply divine and makes me want to ring in the new year for sure! Love the color


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