Smells like Christmas!

I always ask people on Christmas courses to talk about their favourite seasonal foods. For me it’s the warm Christmas spices. I love mince pies, fruit cake and Christmas pudding and am addicted to marzipan!

At Christmas my Indian spice tin becomes a festive spice tin with cloves, cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg. I often add these ingredients to stuffing and gravy and well as sweet dishes.

Homemade mulled apple juice

We’ve enjoyed a mug of mulled apple juice on many of the Christmas courses this year. Here’s how to make it:

Gently heat a of litre of apple juice in a saucepan, add a stick of cinnamon, two cloves, star anise, a pinch of nutmeg, a handful of cranberries and a slice of fresh orange. Serve when the spices have infused.

When using the spices to make mulled wine or cider I also add a pinch of sugar.

If you have a slow cooker it’s really handy for keeping mulled juice warm.

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