Monday, November 23, 2015

Things to collect

Recipe for Yule Wassail

3 red apples 
3 oz brown sugar 

2 pints brown ale, apple cider, or hard cider 
1/2 pint dry sherry or dry white wine
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger strips or lemon peel

Core and heat apples with brown sugar and some of the ale or cider in an oven for 30 minutes. Put in large pan and add rest of spices and lemon peel, simmer on stove top of 5 minutes. Add most of the alcohol at the last minute so it heats up but does not evaporate. Burgundy and brandy can be substituted to the ale and sherry. White sugar and halved oranges may also be added to taste. Makes enough for eight. Wassail!

Barnhaven primroses they are so luscious, though the nursery is in France

Fancy taking up weaving again

Sometime this blog is just a diary, a reminder of things to do.......


  1. Rather like the idea of that Yule Wassail.

    1. Problem is you need a big punch bowl Pat.

  2. Here's a link to a Telegraph article which in turn gives 3 UK stockists for the hose-in-hose primroses. I've always wanted those too.

    That Wassail sounds lovely. Friends of ours in Herefordshire go Wassailing each January, and have their own orchard now!

  3. Thanks for the link Jennie, I bought some primroses with me but the wretched hens pulled them out. Hot alcoholic drinks at Xmas always sound appealing.