Cumberland Sound Sauce

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I am calling today’s creation a ‘Cumberland Sound Sauce’ for a few reasons: First, while it is very much derived from the well-known English Cumberland Sauce, it varies in a material particular with the non-traditional addition of garlic. Secondly, Cumberland Sound is a body of water quite near to me up here on Baffin Island and this sauce, being often used as an accompaniment to game, would work very nicely with the Caribou (aka Reindeer) that abounds up here as our local version of venison… 

The Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Butter;
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic;
  • 1 tsp. minced Ginger;
  • 1 tsp. minced Orange zest;
  • 1 tbsp. minced Lemon zest;
  • 1 tbsp. Mustard Powder;
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar;
  • 1 pinch Salt;
  • 2 tbsp. Orange Juice;
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon Juice;
  • 3 tbsp.  Red Wine;
  • ½ cup Redcurrant Jelly;
  • ½ cup Port;
  • 1 tbsp. Cornstarch made into a slurry with a little water;

The Method

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Melt the butter in a small saucepan over moderate heat and then add the garlic and ginger. Sauté until the garlic is translucent and then stir in the lemon and orange zest. Continue to stir until the fragrance is released.

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Now add the mustard powder, sugar and vinegar and stir to make a paste. Then add the red wine, and the orange and lemon juice. Cook down for a minute or two, stirring well.

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Add the jelly and, when it is melted, add the port followed by the cornstarch slurry. Turn up the heat briefly and stir until the mixture is thickened. You can now serve it immediately or else keep in the refrigerator until needed. It will keep well for a couple of weeks at least. It is terrific with game and ham, but would also be a nice replacement for cranberry sauce with poultry.

The Verdict

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I actually served the first portion of this particular batch with Crackling Pork and it was very nice indeed.

I have to confess, however, that I made a bit of an error while cooking the sauce…  I used a pretty nice little Shiraz for the red wine component and poured a small tumbler to drink while I worked. I also poured out my Port in a similar glass and, perhaps inevitably, accidentally poured my drinking wine rather than the port into the sauce. I still used all of the Port, though, but I increased the sugar slightly to offset the acidity of the wine and also employed just a touch more cornstarch to allow for the additional liquid. Luckily, the result was just as good as I believe it would have been but for my accident.

Anyway, I was very pleased with this recipe (accident and all) but I think that, come next summer, I may try and bring the whole thing closer to ‘Cumberland Sound’ by using local berries…

3 thoughts on “Cumberland Sound Sauce”

  1. Years ago I bought a cookbook while traveling because of the Cumberland sauce that was on a dish in a restaurant I had earlier that day. I know I would like your version.

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