Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

.. this song is well sung, I make you a vow,
and he is a knave that drinketh now.
Nose, nose, no-o-o-nose,
and who gave thee that jolly red nose?
Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, and cloves,
and that gave thee thy jolly red nose ..

“All of the Birds” ~ Thomas Ravenscroft 1609

In my early twenties I tended bar in cocktail lounges and restaurants, eventually achieving the exalted rank of Sommelier. During this time I filled a notebook with recipes and instructions for the preparation of dozens of mulled drinks and Silly Season punches. It was affectionately known as my “Book of Headaches” which tells you everything you need to know about these potent brews .. and my early twenties! In my sober middle age, no campfire is complete without music, marshmallows and Mulled Pear Port. Norse ancestors would roll in their graves if I celebrated Yule without generous libations of Crockpot Wassail. Guests at any winter event would hardly recognise me without a pitcher in one hand and a fragrant goblet in the other. I am also sure that Casa de Chaos would be much more chaotic if I didn’t self-administer regular hot baths and Something-for-One as stress relief .. or Bottle-for-Two if it has been a particularly harrowing day 😉

Savoury Corn Fritters

Savoury Corn Fritters

Savoury Corn Fritters

The term “fritter” can mean different things to different folks. Whether yours are sweet or savoury, crisp or doughy, fruity or stuffed with vegetables, there are two general methods for making a fritter. Dip a chunk of something into some sort of batter and deep fry it you make sweet, gooey, deep fried goodness that I can’t even pretend is good for you or salty, crunchy goodness to go with a meal. Alternatively you can mix finely chopped or shredded something into pancake batter and pan fry it. You get a soft, versatile goodness that is more economical on both your purse and waistline. Like it’s deep fried sibling there are fruity recipes perfect for dessert .. or comfort food .. and there are savoury little numbers as hot as you can take it.