Mother and son salad with spiced cranberries.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 4 handfuls mixed leaves
  • C 100g gubbeen streaky bacon, cut into fine lardons
  • C 100g de-rinded and diced ( ¾ cm )gubbeen cheese
  • Olive oil for frying

Vinaigrette dressing

  • 1 tablespoon Irish Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Spiced Cranberries1 lb/ 450g cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 lb/450g sugar
  • 8floz /250ml water
  • 4 floz/125ml white wine vinegar
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 in piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 1 red or green chilli, split and seeded

Method

  1. Stick the whole cloves into the sliced ginger.
  2. Place the sugar, water and vinegar in a small, non reactive saucepan.
  3. Add all of the spices and chilli and bring slowly to the boil.
  4. Add the cranberries and simmer gently until the fruit becomes tender and bursts. This takes only about 8 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool and store in the fridge.