Mulled Wine

Nothing says Happy Holidays like a steaming glass of mulled wine… or a teacup. This recipe is extremely easy to follow, and the whole process only takes about 10 minutes.

All you need are:

  • 1 bottle of a dry red wine (750 mL)
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 5 or 6 star anise, whole
  • 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 orange or lemon peel

Pop open your bottle of wine and pour it into a pot on low to medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and citrus peel and simmer on low heat for about five to ten minutes. Careful not to boil the mixture.

You can let the wine simmer for longer if you’d like a strong flavour. Serve hot.

If you need to make a bigger batch, careful not to add too many star anise to the pot – star anise has a strong flavour that can overpower. You only need an extra one or two per additional bottle of wine.

This recipe serves 4.

Happy Holidays!

Happy New Year!

What better way to ring in the New Year than with our first post!

Frosty winter days call for hot chocolate or a warm blanket in front of a fire. December 31st was no exception and brought forth images of a meaty stew or a steaming cup of soup. Keeping up with tradition, however, hot pot was on the menu and I wasn’t about to complain.

Growing up in a Chinese household, hot pots have replaced many a Thanksgiving and Christmas for our family. Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and turkey were rare treats. A bit sad for some? Maybe. But the conviviality of cooking with family and friends around a common pot – adding your choice of meats or sides at will – is hard to beat. With a little preparation and good company, a hearty dinner is served with no one stuck in the kitchen doting over a turkey in the oven. Continue reading