November 28, 2011

Ode to the Pomegranate

 Actually I have no idea how to write and ode. Hold on, I'll google it...

Ode (from the Ancient Greek ὠδή) is a type of lyrical verse. A classic ode is structured in three major parts: the strophe, the antistrophy, and the epode. Different forms such as the homostrophic ode and the irregular ode also exist. It is an elaborately structured poem praising or glorifying an event or individual, describing nature intellectually as well as emotionally.

 Uh, that really didn't help me. 
But I have this need to pay tribute to the pomegranate. I love them. Everything about them. The wonderful crispness for each beautiful garnet jewel. That tart sweetness of the juice. The way they burst open after a light frost, or, when you're too young to cut them open with a knife, the way they explode after you've thrown them into the street. I love sitting in the sun on a chilly November morning and eating one for breakfast. For me, Autumn really begins with the pomegranate!

They're also wonderful in your homemade cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving dinner!

Grapefruit Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce
1 12oz bag cranberries, rinsed
1 cup sugar
1 grapefruit, cut in half and sectioned then juice what's left and save the juice
1 pomegranate

In a large saucepot combine cranberries, sugar and grapefruit juice and bring to a boil and lightly boil for 8 minutes. Add grapefruit and finish cooking 2 minutes more. turn off heat and add pomegranates. At this point, you can process it in jars like you would jelly, or just put it in an air tight glass container and store it in the fridge. It's AMAZING! So worth it...just try it.

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