I have been getting into the habit of planning my menus weekly. This goes hand in hand with my weight loss successes and being a little more organized; a passion of mine! However, on this particular lunchtime day, as I was preparing my favorite sandwich of roast beef, brown mustard, havarti cheese, alfalfa sprouts, and a tablespoon or two of cranberry sauce, I noticed that someone had finished the smallish portion of cranberry sauce left in the fridge!
As my sandwich lay open and ready for it's crowning glory, I lamented on the lack of this very necessary condiment to achieve the perfection of flavor my taste buds demanded. Suddenly I realized that I had a partial bag of whole cranberries in the freezer. Could I whip up a passable sauce before my lovely flax seed bread dried out? I was determined to try!
I knew that generally the sauce prepared on the stove took a while to simmer down into the perfect consistency of the sauce, however, I was not willing to wait that long! Why not speed things up in the microwave oven? I wasn't after a complex sauce using several spices coveting a spot on a Thanksgiving table, after all. No, just a simple sauce of cranberries and a little sugar cooked down to nice jelled consistency.
I went for it! I had about a cup of cranberries. I added 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water and put it in the microwave for about 4-6 minutes. I'd like to say I let it cool for a few minutes, but no, I was hungry after all! I put ice cubes into a mixing bowl and set the dish of sauce into the ice and stirred like a maniac, begging it to cool quickly. Eureka! It worked! Better yet, it was delicious...