The Cherry on Top
Modern lifestyle advice with a Traditional Chinese Medicine twist
Cranberries, not just for Christmas!
Beneficial in a rich source of Vit C, Vit E, Vit K1, Manganese and Copper, they have a high antioxidant level. Well known to help urinary tract infections, but only if you use a concentrate, store bought cranberry juice won't help. I suggest Biona cranberry juice, water it down a bit as it will taste very sour!
If consumed regularly research to suggests cranberries can reduce the risk of stomach cancer and reduce cardiovascular disease.
In TCM terms cranberry is sour & sweet, temperature is cold and aids in clearing 'damp and heat' which is what we refer to in chinese medicine as a bladder infection with hot or cold symptoms.
But how do you eat cranberries? probably not raw, so ideal in juice concentrate or cooked down or using the raw fruit in baking. Try homemade cranberry sauce for your turkey or any poultry.
2 cups granulated sugar, (alternatives may include Xylitol or Stevia, apple juice, or just reducing the sugar here)
1 orange ; juiced and zest grated
1 lime ; juiced and zest grated
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup red wine
1 tbsp fresh ginger ; finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 2-inch cinnamon stick
1 1/2 lbs fresh cranberries
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT for the fresh cranberries and orange liqueur in a heavy pot.
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.
3. Bring to a boil and let boil for about 3 minutes.
4. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Most of the cranberries should have "popped" by this point.
5. Remove from heat and cool.
6. Refrigerate in jam jar, this keeps for at least a month and can be made ahead.
Avocado, thought to write about something green that wasn't a brussel sprout before Christmas. Avocado is a fruit with many benefits. Firstly, high in potassium which is hard to find in most fruits, they contain good fat containing oleic acid much like olive oil. The fibre of an ava is soluble vs. in-soluble. Soluble fibre supports good gut flora. They increase good fat 'HDL' which helps lower cholesterol which has been shown to lower risk of heart disease. Due to being high in anti oxidants they support eye health which lowers risk of cataracts & macular degeneration. Oh so many benefits!
From a chinese med view they are cool in nature and sweet in flavour. Supporting liver, lungs and intestines. They support blood and yin. One other interesting point; if someone struggles with fats being reactive with liver and gall bladder avocado is a great healthy fat source.
One cant think of ava without thinking guacamole!
Here's my recipe:
2 large ripe avacadoes
Juice of one lime or two
Handful of coriander
1/2 a red onion finely chopped
6 to 10 vine tomatoes cut in quarters
Dig out the avocado with a spoon into a bowl, mash with fork. Squeeze lime juice in, add 5 drops of tobacco, add red onion, tomatoes and coriander. Taste! add more tobacco or lime depending on your preference. Complete by adding some salt & pepper.
If you don't eat all the guacamole, reserve the large pit from the fruit and put it into the bowl and cover tightly in the fridge.