It’s that time of the year again when if you’re a lover of Christmas like me you will try to think of any possible Christmas Traditions just to keep the festivities going for as long as you can OR if you’re like me you will try to start Christmas as soon as Halloween ends.
One of the best Christmas Traditions I can think of (for adults anyway) is making homemade mulled wine. The scent of apples, wine, oranges and various spices in the air is so magical I cannot describe it. It’s when I can smell it, I can really feel the beginning of Christmas. This is why today I decided to share this recipe with you and hopefully it will bring you and your family some magic this Christmas.
- Bottle of red wine – preferably dry wine
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Spoon of Maple Syrup
- 1 Spoon of Honey
- 1 Apple & 2 Cinnamon Sticks OR 1 Sachet of Mulled Wine Spice
Wash the orange & lemon thoroughly under the cold water. Rinse with boiling water, twice. Cut both of them into small pieces with the skin still on it. Place them in a pot; pour in the bottle of wine. Gently heat up – do not boil. Add honey, maple syrup and the sachet of spices (or Apple and Cinnamon). Serve warm in a festive mug.
** Mulled wine spices are available in any of the Easter European Shops, or Polish shops. I haven’t seen this spice in any of the Irish shops however should I come across something similar I’ll be sure to update this post. **
Mulled wine is best served with some apple pie, mince pies or gingerbread cookies sitting by the fire.
An interesting fact for my Jetsetters – if you are looking to go to an amazing Christmas Market, Kraków (where I’m from) offers one of the biggest European Christmas Markets. In the market you will find large barrels with tiny doors; you knock on the door and the street seller opens and gives you a mug of mulled wine. (Of course it costs like 2 or 3 Zloty – its not free). However the idea itself and the picture it creates is magical.
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When I think of family as a general term, I picture a house full of kids running around causing mischief; dad fixing yet another clogged pipe and mam hanging up the washing in the garden on a lovely sunny day. Everyone seems to be in a harmony, happy and content. What I also picture is the scent of freshly baked goodies, apple tart perhaps? Scones? The last while I’ve been thinking what it means to create a home; sense of belonging and harmony.
When I went onto the “healthy buzz” before my wedding I REALLY cut out all the bad things: sweets, fizzy drinks, carbs, sauces you name it – I didn’t eat it. Basically everything that was not in my meal plan and everything that contained sugar. I have then substituted all my sugar cravings with this healthy recipe I came across and somehow I managed to “cheat” my body into thinking it’s the sugar I was craving all along. It’s really simple to make, the preparation is approximately 10 minutes; the mixture then will need to cool in the fridge for 1.5 hours.
- 100g Flaked Almonds
- 50g Brazil Nuts
- 50g Cashew Nuts
- 3 Table Spoons of Pumpkin Seeds
- 50g Goji Berries
- 100g Coconut Seeds
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 4 Table Spoons of Coconut Oil
- 4 Table Spoons of Honey
- 4 Table Spoons of Peanut Butter
- Vanilla Extract
I am aware it’s quite a lot of ingredients involved, however they are quite affordable and you can get them all in Lidls/Aldis. You will then have all of these ingredients for at least 2 batches of the energy bites.
Take the almonds; Brazil & cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds and put them into the food processor until finely chopped. Once they have been chopped place them into a large mixing bowl, then add goji berries, sea salt & half of the coconut seeds and mix all together.
Melt the coconut oil in a pan, once melted remove from the heat & stir in the honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Mix well and pour over the seed mixture in the bowl. Stir until the consistency is smooth.
Leave in the fridge for 1.5 – 2 hours maximum.
Shape the mixture into individual balls and roll them in the second half of coconut seeds. Once they are all done, leave the balls in the fridge for further 2 hours to harden.
I personally use Organic Peanut Butter as it makes it a really healthy snack then. I find that peanut butter makes your brain think you are getting all the sugar your body is craving.
Let me know how you get on if you decide to make them yourself. Also, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions with regards to the above; I’ll be happy to help.