It’s winter down in the land of Oz. Admittedly, things don’t get quite as cold over on the mid-East coast, but it is time to start rockin’ the Ugg Boots.
Indoors people. Only ever indoors!
When winter chills and drives you indoors, you need to start thinking of recipies that can get you warm. One of the great, easy, tasty and somewhat alcoholic indulgences borrowed from our Anglo heritage is Mulled Wine.
4 large oranges
1 cup blueberries
2 sticks cinnamon
2 whole nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves
4 bay leaves
4 litres red wine
A splash of Grand Marnier
- Peel the rind from all 4 oranges and toss it in the saucepan; Halve and squeeze the oranges for the juice and add that as well; Peel and chop both apples into small pieces, throw them in there; Add the blueberries; Crush the cinnamon sticks in your fist and drop them into the saucepan too; use a nutcracker to crush the whole nutmeg and drop on top of everything else; toss in the cloves; pour in the splash of Grand Marnier.
- Cover the saucepan and set it on a low-medium heat for as long as it takes to get everything simmering nicely. Once it reaches that point, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and leave for at least 1 ½ – 2 hours.
- Add the wine. Bring the heat up to medium again to set the whole thing simmering.
- Cut the lemon into slices and drop into the wine; add the bay leaves.
- Keep the saucepan covered; reduce the heat to lowest setting again and leave for a further two hours.
- Drink and be merry…and warm.