Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Homemade Mulled Wine

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With the holidays approaching and cold weather outside, it is the perfect time to turn on your fireplace and enjoy a cup of smooth, full-bodied homemade Mulled Wine. It is an old fragrant European concoction that is consumed during the Christmas Season, starting with the first of Advent and is served hot, traditionally at German Christmas Markets. It makes a nice drink also on New Year's Eve.

You will need:
  • 1/4 liter red wine (1 cup), like Burgundy or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or 1 slice of a lemon (rinse the lemon before use)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed orange juice or 1 slice of an orange, optional (rinse the orange before use)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • pinch of ground clove
  • pinch of ground anise or 1 star anise, either one – not both
  • 1 tablespoon rock sugar (or 4 teaspoons white granulated sugar) or to taste
This recipe makes 1 cup of Mulled Wine. Multiply the recipe for more. If using very dry wine, you might want to add more sugar to taste.
Directions:
Heat the red wine with the rest of the ingredients in a pot over medium/medium low heat until very hot, but do not allow the wine to come to a boil, for about 20 to 30 minutes. Sieve the wine using a fine mesh strainer or spoon out any fruit slices or dried spices that are used and pour it into a porcelain mug or a glass coffee mug and serve it hot. Leftovers can be reheated. Store leftover Mulled Wine without any fruit slices, cinnamon sticks, or star anise.
Grab some Macaroons or Butter Cookies and a cup of hot Mulled Wine late in the afternoon. This heavenly tasty concoction is knock-your-feet-off delicious and warms up your body, heart, and soul!
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fresh Tomato Soup









This creamy tomato soup is simple and easy to make. It is gluten-free and dairy-free and packed with flavor.

You will need:

2 lb (1 kg) fresh tomatoes
2 - 3 tablespoons margarine (e.g. Fleischmann's)
3/4 - 1 onion (yellow or red), finely diced
1 heaped tablespoon celery leaves, chopped (about 3/4 oz or 20 grams)
1 bay leaf
2 cups (500 ml) water
a dash or two (or to taste) of soy sauce, gluten-free
fine salt, to taste
fresh black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon of Italian dried herbs
1 tablespoon (or to taste) salt-free Mrs. Dash Original Blend
pinch of nutmeg
dash of curry powder
dash of ground rosemary (you can grind dried rosemary in the coffee grinder to a very fine powder)
dash of ground oregano
dash or two of Old Bay

Cut the tomatoes into dice. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan (preferably stainless steel), melt the margarine over medium heat. Add the onion, celery leaves, and bay leaf. Cover, reduce the heat to very low and cook for about 10 minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes and water and season to taste. Cover the pot with a lid and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until all the flavors have blended, about 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Set aside and puree the soup with a blender for a creamy texture. No thickening or milk/cream required. It is rich in flavor the natural way. Using ripe tomatoes intensifies the flavor and color. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

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