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A Kenyan Potluck, Cranberry Sauce

written by Eugene Mburu 17th December 2014

People almost never know what to bring to a potluck in Kenya. I don’t know whether its the culture or we are just lazy at gifting food. But it is a sad and alarming trend that many of us have suffered at the hands of invited guests when we host a dinner party. Okay! Maybe I exaggerate, but really, can we style up on our Potlucks. And bringing booze does not count. Wrong Party! That is a BYOB party not a Potluck.

So this is my suggestion for what to bring to a Kenyan Potluck. For sure no one else will think as creatively as to what to bring and you don’t have to be worried about it being a Potluck Face-off.

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The answer is a Cranberry Sauce. It goes well with everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. From grilled meats, to vegetables and potatoes and if you are as spontaneous as I am, then it drizzles equally as well on a scoop of ice cream.

To Make It;

Empty a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries into a saucepan and transfer 1/2 cup to a small bowl. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 strip orange or lemon zest and 2 tablespoons water to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst, about 12 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the reserved cranberries. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and cool to room temperature before serving.

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