Santa’s Little Helper – 03

Taken from Mr Wood’s (WHB) English literature class…

“A Merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavor to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon over a bowl of Smoking Bishop, Bob!”  – Charles Dickens

What is this smoking Bishop of which they speak? It’s a holiday mulled wine. Here is the secret recipe to the literary treasure…

  • 5 Florida oranges not the navel oranges
  • ¼ lb sugar to taste
  • 2 bottles Duck Walk red wine or other “not too expensive” red wine
  • 1 bottle ruby port
  • cloves

Bake the oranges in the oven until they are pale brown and then put them into a warmed earthenware bowl with five cloves pricked into each. Add the sugar and pour in the wine – not the port. Cover and leave in a warm place for about a day.

To save on time, I put the wine, oranges, cloves and sugar into a large stock-pot and slowly warm the mixture for about a half an hour instead of leaving it in a warm place for a day.

Cut the oranges in half and squeeze them into the wine and pour it through a sieve. Add the port and heat, but do not boil.

Pour into mugs and serve ‘smoking hot’ whether Bob and Scrooge show up or not.

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