Cranberry, Orange & Port Sauce

Apparently, there’s some kind of event coming up that involves scoffing loads of roasted stuff. This is a simple but quite fancy sauce that should go nicely with that sort of thing. It’s quick enough to knock up when needed, as long as you’ve got an hour or two for it to cool before serving.

Makes about a large jam jar’s worth.

  • 250g fresh cranberries, washed
  • 100ml fresh orange juice (2-3 oranges)
  • Grated zest of half an orange
  • Grated zest of half a lemon
  • 3 tbs port
  • 150g sugar
  • Small piece of cinnamon bark

Put all of the ingredients in a small pot over a medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring from time to time. Don’t be scared by the popping cranberries!

Reduce the heat as low as possible, cover, then simmer for 15 mins. If the mixture bubbles up and out of the pan, just leave a small gap at the edge of the lid.

Remove the cinnamon stick with a clean spoon and either pour straight away into a freshly-sterilised jar, or allow to cool and put into a covered container then keep it in the fridge until needed (where it will theoretically last for several days).

Serve with all manner of savoury roasts and pies, or anything else that sounds like it would go well with it.

Downfall – Not Your Fault 7″

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Artist: Downfall
Title: Not Your Fault
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:09:20
Size (mb): 61.7
Label: Godsend (defunct)
Cat. No: god1
Year: 1992

A1. Not Your Fault
A2. Face Down
A3. Confined
B1. Amen
B2. Deception
B3. A Woman’s Place

I’ll hold my hands up to the charge of intense slackness with sharing old tunes from my boxes of vinyl. Hopefully, this little gem will make amends.

I don’t know too much about the band, except that they played at The Joiners in Southampton sometime in the early ’90s, stayed at my house afterwards and were very pleasant chaps. This EP was a gift for giving them a floor, beans on toast and tea.

The band hailed from the Nottingham area and their singer, Si Feirn, went on to become part of twisted post-hardcore outfit Bob Tilton. This EP is more straight-up old-school style, full of that intense, tight, slightly gritty hardcore sound topped with a voice that literally screams its outrage at the injustice in the world. The band aren’t just a one-trick pony though and there are some really nice mid-paced riffs and breaks, as well as a final track that’s as much rooted in Discharge as it is Discord.

OP’s opinion: Four

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