Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cranberry Chic: How to use cranberries to add some flavour to your holiday fare

Waking up on Christmas morning, in either your cozy red flannels by Vera Wang or your silky cranberry hued Agent Provocateur slip is a fashionista’s way to rise and shine. With skin smelling as if it’s just been dipped in sweet cranberry sauce after languishing in a tub full of bubbles, is the right way to start of the morning.

Salivating from the smells coming from your kitchen, the freshly baked cranberry muffins, cranberry mimosa, savory ham & cheddar quiche and freshly steamed coffee is the perfect wake up call to start a day of merriment.

Cranberries are one of the mainstay ingredients in Christmas cooking as well as baking.  Cranberries are a native fruit to North America and once grew well in the eastern portions of the continent. The jury is still out on how the cranberry got its name one opinion is that it derived from the word craneberry, as the cranberry blossom perched on its curved stem resembles a crane.

The aboriginals who had been consuming cranberries for hundreds of years introduced cranberries to the settlers, who began using the berry as source of dye, and also for its medicinal properties as cranberries have a high Vitamin C content.

Cranberries are in so many of the wonderfully dishes we have today.  Some of my favourites are cranberry muffins, cranberry bread, cranberry sauce for your Christmas Turkey and the unforgettable Sex and the City cocktail, the Cosmopolitan.

So start planning your perfect Christmas morning breakfast and holiday treats using the tart, crisp, juicy cranberry.


Donna for Amanda's Fashion Spot
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