December 31, 2010

Cinnamon-Cardamom Oranges

I would like to wish all of my readers a Happy New Year! May your year be full of love, happiness and good health.

Before I get to the recipe, I wanted to share with you that I was recently interviewed and featured in the Pottstown Mercury newspaper! Check it out here!

Now, on to the recipe. I am by no means a superstitious person but I do find it interesting how superstitions originate. Recently, I have been reading about different cultures in the world and what they believe is lucky and unlucky to eat during the New Year. Did you know that it is considered unlucky to eat anything with wings during the New Year because it could fly away, taking with it all of your luck? Lobster is also an unlucky food to eat because they walk backwards, meaning bad luck and regression will fill your year. In the Philippines, hanging pineapple on your windows and doors symbolizes having an eye for success in your career and having many opportunities because pineapples have many "eyes".

So, in light of the New Year, I decided to make this healthy breakfast. In China, oranges symbolize wealth, fortune and gold. Because of its bright gold-like color and round shape, it resembles a gold coin, which is why it is considered a lucky food that must always be present when the new year comes in. This is a sweet, warm treat that is simple and perfect for breakfast -- or any time! Serve each orange half in a bowl with a knife and a spoon.

Printable Recipe

  • 8 oranges
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp green cardamom

  • Preheat the broiler.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom.
  • Slice each orange in half.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture generously over each orange half.
  • Place the oranges cut side up on a tin foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Broil for 3 to 4 minutes, until the tops are bubbly. Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!

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