Pomegranates; their rose-tinted, leathery skins, concealing chambers packed with seeds simply bursting with unique and tantalising flavour. At once sweet and tart, these ruby-hued grains, so magical, so enticing and so mythologically forbidden, sealed Persephone’s fate, entrapping her as Goddess of the underworld and binding her to Hades forever. Exciting and flavoursome and full of health giving properties (they are said to be a natural anti-inflammatory, to help to lower blood pressure and inhibit viral infections); they certainly bring colour and culinary pizzazz to any dish.
Why not become a gorgeous Goddess (of the domestic kind) yourself, by cooking this recipe? Mix up this magical, gem- scattered Winter hot-pot with the colours of a rich, warm tapestry. and make your taste- buds pop with the flavours of Juniper, Kitchen Garden vegetables, Rosemary and Pomegranate. I have eaten this dish and tasted the ‘forbidden’ seed, many times, and the only experience of the underworld I have had has come by turning the pages of my copy of The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology!
So why not add some glamour and pep to your seasonal January suppers, become a Goddess for a day…… and give it a try?