22 July, 2011

In The Bleak Mid Winter ... Christmas In July ... Mulled Wine

The Bleak Mid Winter

 It is officially freezing here in the Southern Highlands! We've had storms  knocking over  trees, blocking roads and stopping trains. We were lucky as we only lost two trees. It was  lovely to find a possum living in the biggest of the trees had survived the fall!

Winter Vegetable Garden

My vegetable garden is still producing some food for the table, carrots, cavelo nero, beetroot, rainbow chard, and my all time favourite, rocket. Perfect for winter soups. We've pulled out the old tomato and bean vines and planted more peas and beans and a few other vegetables,

Hellebore's and Roses

Yesterday we had ethereal snow drops  disappearing in mid air. I managed to get a few shots of some winter flowers before the snow came down. 

Mulled Wine!

In Australia, celebrations for 'Christmas In July' are held by many, as this is the coldest month of the year.
Mulled Wine is the perfect celebration drink, I last made it in Germany, many moons ago. 
  I don't see why you couldn't make it ahead and put it back into the wine bottle ready to reheat when your guests arrive. It's so easy to make and aromatic spices are so available now in the supermarkets, but if you can get your hands on Herbies Spices, even better.

Mulled Wine
2 mandarines 
1 lemon
1 lime
200g sugar
5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp freshly grated  nutmeg
1 split vanilla pod
2 star anise
2 bottles of red wine.
  1. Peel the 3 fruits with a vegetable peeler.
  2.  Put the sugar into a large pot over medium heat, add the fruit peel and the juice from the mandarines. Add the cloves,cinnamon, bay leaf, grated nutmeg, vanilla pod and 1/2 cup of the red wine or enough to cover sugar. 
  3. Give the pot a good stir and simmer until the sugar has dissolved and then bring to a boil. 
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes until you have a thick syrup.As soon as the syrup is ready turn the heat to low.  
Add the red wine and the star anise and continue simmering for 5 minutes or until it is warm. Serve ladled straight from the pot into warmed glasses.

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    1. Yes yes yes, Your blog = A pearl & I love it!!!

      So nice to meet you!

      Agneta, the swedish one ;)

    2. It's been two years since I've enjoyed a mulled wine or a cider - thanks for reminding me, it'll be on the weekend to do list! SP