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Thankful for Cranberries

This is a true story about my Nanna and my cranberrry chutney. Not together but the threads tie it up like a trussed turkey.

My Nanna was a character. Most of my memories focus around her being a petite blind feisty senior matriarch. But my cousins, the much older ones, remember other aspects of her. The following story most likely came from them.

My grandparents were devout regular church goers but perhaps my Nanna’s mind occasionally wandered. One day she shrieked out loud, in the middle of the sermon, “my pie” and got up abruptly and left the church to go home and take the pie out of the oven. She regularly discovered tbe salad in the fridge when she went to serve dessert. So perhaps the following highlights a genetic predisposition?

Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by our daughter and son in law. No I didn’t need to bring anything but just to come early and help with set up. 

She set the menu and cranberries in any description would have no role in her 100% homegrown meal.

Despite this I made cranberrry chutney. It’s so flipping good. Onions and garlic marry with the raisins and cranberries, the jalapeño bringing a hidden heat while the cloves and nutmeg amp it into Thanksgiving mode. I took a bottle over after taste testing it a bit repeatedly. I set it on the island counter. And there it sat. Sadly forgotten in the wonderous meal of home grown, freshly slaughtered and instantly brined and then slowly smoked. The meat was absolutely the star of the show but the carrots and beets played a great second fiddle with the slightly sweet slightly smoky flavour. My perennial  favourite though is my daughter’s mashed potatoes with Boirsin cheese and butter. The gravy was wonderful over a perfectly cooked stuffing, aka dressing, depending on where you hail from. Of course we had to save room for a beautiful apple pie and pumpkin pie with whipped cream (which was the only item that she did not procure from her back yard).  The food was so delicious and appealing no one thought to ask if there was cranberries.

Much later on in the evening my son-in-law discovered the cranberry chutney on the island.  A small amount of turkey came home with us but no dressing aka stuffing.  So for my turkey cranberry chutney sandwich today I fried up some onion with sage and poultry seasoning. Seriously delicious. Could have added some fresh sage leaves but I just thought of that now.

So that’s what was on my plate this Thanksgiving weekend. Along with much thankfulness for celebrating together in person, for blog readers and for summer weather in the fall. Plus a whole long list of other things.

Thanks to Donna and Deb for hosting what’s on your plate bug blog challenge. It’s such a fun easy one to participate it.


Reciepe as follows for those who asked:

Cranberry Chutney

  • 3 c cranberries (+/- whatevers in the bag)
  • 1 c water & 1 c vinegar
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 3/4 c white sugar
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 med onion chopped
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 c raisins
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Grated nutmeg or a tsp (ish)
  • Grated ginger or a tsp (ish)

Combine and simmer (lid half on/half off) x 30 – 40 mins. Stirring occasionally and tasting often!!😏🤫 Freezes well to keep between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also good with turkey pot pie. Trust me you also want that recipe!

There you have it folks. Modified from a 1995 October Canadian Living recipe. Mostly less sugar and a jalapeño versus 1/2 tsp dried chilies. Can also be cut in half.



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25 thoughts on “Thankful for Cranberries

  1. Sounds like a wonderful dinner – but you know every year we make sure there is cranberry sauce or chutney or jelly – and then I forget to put it on the table – and I LOVE cranberries. Looks like a great recipe!


    1. That’s so funny that you do the same thing Lillie! Makes me feel better. I’ve frozen the chutney for Christmas. Hope you try the chutney and like it. Bernie


  2. Mashed potatoes with Boursin cheese and butter? Yes please, that sounds delicious. Thanks for the cranberry chutney recipe. My aunt used to make something like this, but I never got her recipe. Will add this to my pile of recipes to try.

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    1. It was a stellar meal Linda. So superb from start to finish. I hope you try the chutney and like it. Good old Canadian Living — I have a lot of recipes from my time with a subscription to them. Back in the days of magazines! Take care. Bernie

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  3. We love all kinds of chutney and we also like cranberries. For sure, I’ll be trying your cranberry chutney. Thanks for the recipe.


    1. You are most welcome Lorna and thanks for stopping in to read and comment. Hope all is well with you. If you ever are done in S’toon with spare time I’d love to connect for a visit. Bernie


  4. I’ve often said that a turkey dinner is just an excuse to eat cranberry sauce. Turkey without cranberry sauce is like mashed potatoes without the gravy. It’s almost inconceivable that your cranberry chutney would be untouched.


    1. Or like apple pie without the cheese! Yes I can’t believe that I forgot it but this turkey was the best I have ever tasted so I guess I was so wow’d by it Glen that I forgot. I hope you had a good thanksgiving and perhaps at Christmas you will try the chutney. Bernie

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  5. Great story about your Nana. I love the sound of your cranberry chutney Bernie. I am not a an of cranberries either, but this sounds right on. Happy Thanksgiving. No turkey for us. We are in Ucluelet with our vegetarian kids and that is what I am giving thanks for. Allan


    1. My Nanna was a character and I didn’t appreciate her enough but I guess at 22 I wasn’t wise yet to recognize many things.
      Yes there is much to be thankful for. Enjoy your time in Uclelet with your offspring. It’s the family that makes the meal not the food. Although it was an outstanding meal she grew and cooked.

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  6. Wow! What a feast! I would love the recipe for the chutney if you feel like sharing it. We had no cranberries at our dinner yesterday but I had been to IKEA a couple of days previously so lingonberries were enjoyed instead!


    1. Check back as both you and Janis requested it so I added it in at the end. Now it can be a star at your Christmas dinner. Lingonberries at IKEA? What? When did they get into food? Of course I haven’t been there in? a decade??

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      1. I am not much of a shopper and dislike how you are forced to go through the entire store. I am an in and out get my one thing kind of shopper. So I will get you to buy my one thing! How’s that sound. Bernie

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