Saturday, December 2, 2006
Fa la la la la
I have to say that one of the best things about being in the UK for the Christmas season are the frequent opportunities to enjoy mulled wine (doing some concerted looking on the bright side here because I would love to be coming home!) I haven't made any yet this year, but believe me I will, and I suggest you do the same. This one's from the one and only Nigella. (Accompanying mince pies coming soon!)
Nigella's Mulled Wine
1 bottle red wine
4 tbsp dark rum
125 ml Earl Grey tea
1 orange quartered, each quarter stuck with 1 clove
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
1 tbsp dark muscavado sugar
1 tbsp honey
Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring almost to the boil, but before the aromatic wine actually boils, turn down to the lowest possible heat and keep it warm as you ladle it into nearby glass.
But enough about that . . . We've had a very nice Saturday which began pleasantly by going out for a lazy breakfast at a really nice diner just down the street from us. We've only recently started going there because I was harbouring a grudge against the proprietors for a long time - when we first moved here last year I had what I thought was a really good job interview to waitress there. Even though it was definitely not my dream job, I was more than miffed when they told me they'd definitely call me and never did! Grrrr. So, after a year long boycott I decided to give it a try and I'm mature enough to admit that they make some mighty fine scrambled eggs and mushrooms.
Afterwards we got quite a lot of errands done including posting some Christmas packages to Saskatoon (phew! I got them in the mail on time!) Grocery shopping necessitated some serious self-control so I didn't freak at the throngs of dazed and confused people mindlessly blocking aisles, their carts overflowing with chocolate and wine (calm down people, it's only December 2nd!) Now we've spent a lot of the afternoon cooking which was very pleasant indeed. I baked the pie (I'm not all talk!) and Stu made very lovely smelling Irish Stew in readiness his family coming for lunch tomorrow.