Elizabeth Arnott

Cranberry, Pear and Walnut Dessert

Cranberries are packed with antioxidants and walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Combine them with pears and you have a delicious and healthy after-dinner treat.

Time: 45 minutes 
Serves: 2
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Ingredients: 
4 oz (110g) dried cranberries 
2 ripe pears (peeled and cored) 
4 oz (110g) walnuts (roughly chopped) 
1 medium orange
2 tspn honey

Method: 
  1. Grate the washed orange rind 
  2. Halve the orange, and squeeze the juice into a bowl 
  3. Add one teaspoonful of the orange rind 
  4. Add the cranberries and honey.  Mix well, and set aside for about half an hour to allow the cranberries to absorb the juice 
  5. Stir in the walnuts 6. Cut the pears in half lengthwise, and arrange on two serving dishes Pour over the cranberries and walnuts in their juice
Cook's Tip: 
The sauce tastes even better if you marinade the cranberries overnight 


Spiced Honey-Glazed Fruit

Add a spiced honey glaze to seasonal fruits to give a little touch of sweetness, while keeping within the detox maintenance guidelines.  The following ingredients are my favourite combination, but you can choose to mix and match any fruit.  I like to include some hard and some soft fruit. 

Time: 30 minutes 
Serves: 4
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Ingredients:
1 ripe mango 
8 oz (225g) strawberries (hulled and halved)
8 oz (225g) grapes, (halved and seeded)
1 apple (cored, and cut into wedges)
1 pear (cored and cut into wedges) 
3 tbspn honey
1 tbspn fresh orange juice
½ tspn cinnamon and/or powdered ginger 

Preheat grill to high

Method:

  1. Cover the grill pan rack with foil Mix the honey with the orange juice and spice(s) in a bowl  
  2. Cut the mango by standing it on its pointy end and slice down close to the stone. With a spoon, starting at the rounder end, cut around the edge until you can lift the flesh out in one piece. Slice into wedges 
  3. Add the prepared fruit (except the strawberries) to the honey mixture, and gently toss 
  4. Arrange the fruit in a single layer on the prepared grill rack, and grill for 5 - 10 minutes, until slightly softened, turning occasionally 
  5. In the remaining honey mixture, add the halved strawberries and coat well with the spicy juice 
  6. Add the strawberries to the fruit mixture, pour over any remaining juice, and grill for one more minute  

Cook's Tip: 
You could use powdered mixed spice instead of cinnamon or ginger 

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