James Wong's recipe for Artichoke and Hawthorn Bar to help with healthy cholesterol.
• 4 artichokes
• 1L water
• 475g hawthorn berries (if using dried hawthorn berries, first cover them with water for 24 hours to rehydrate them)
• 225g sugar
• 1 cinnamon stick
• Juice of 1 lime
1. Chop the artichokes, place in a saucepan, cover with the water and boil for 10 minutes, or until cooked. Remove from the heat, then leave to steep for 20 minutes. Strain into a bowl.
2. Heat the oven to 100C.
3. Place the artichoke infusion, hawthorn berries, sugar and cinnamon stick in a pan, and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture is soft. Take out the cinnamon stick and blend in a liquidizer with the lime juice, then pour into greased, lined baking trays to a thickness of about 1 cm.
4. Dry in the heated oven for 2-3 hours (check after 2 hours; you want it to be chewy, but not too tough.) Leave to cool, then slice into bite-sized pieces.
USE: Chew on a piece of fruit bar whenever you like.
NB If high blood cholesterol is suspected, you must see a doctor. This recipe may be used in addition to, not as a substitute for, proper medical treatment. If you are on other heart medication you shouldn't eat hawthorn berries. The remedy is not suitable if you are diabetic.
STORAGE: Keep in greaseproof paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.