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Every Christmas, my husband would make gingerbread cookies with our kids. They would cut them out with dino and traditional gingerbread men cookie cutters. By the end of the evening, the dinos always ended up with 2 heads and the gingerbread men would have dino heads. What silly fun!
Glühwein, or mulled wine is a staple on german Christmas markets. Most of the time red wine is used to prepare it. But my husband and I are from wine growing regions, which means an abundance of white wines. It is not very surprising that there is a variation that uses white wine for mulled wine. It is easy to make at home. So why not make a lockdown version of it. Make some mulled wine, decorate your balcony with fairy lights and play some Christmas crooners while sipping your white mulled wine bundled in your coat and scarf and enjoying the crisp air outside on your balcony.
This recipe is packed full of immune boosting and healthy ingredients including the fabled garlic. Garlic has long been credited as a repellent for evil spirits. Some cultures believed eating garlic helped open your mind to the spiritual world. This increased awareness made you better able to ward off evil spirits.
It is also known to boost the function of the immune system, and in studies shown to reduce the symptoms of a common cold.
Ginger helps with digestion, nausea and helps fight the common cold.
Honey is rich in antioxidants and is often used to soothe sore throats.
Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Apple Cider Vinegar can kill harmful bacteria.
I love fall. The crisp air, the cooler temperatures and the abundance of fruits and vegetables. After all the salads and cool dishes of summer, I enjoy making the stews, roasts and comfy dishes of fall.
One of those are the pears in red wine. I love that they can be a side dish to a roast, as well as a delicious, simple but elegant dessert. They are festive and yet easy to make. What‘s not to like?
Samhain night or Halloween is a night when the veil between the worlds is The most thin, spirits are near and faeries can cross over more easily. One of the most powerful nights of the year should be celebrated with a festive and protective drink. What better then a witches brew.
The apple harvest has begun and it is time to make apple strudel again. Every time I make it, I remember watching my mom spreading out the dough really, really thin. If you did it right, the tea towel had to shine through without tearing the dough. Then she‘d brush it with butter and spread apples and cinnamon sugar and finally she rolled it up and placed it on the sheet pan. And then the whole house smelled deliciously...
If you want to make it, slightly sour apples like boscoop are best!