Saturday, December 17


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I'm heading to a holiday party later today, to join the other members of the local genre writers group, together with the members of the literary writers group to celebrate the season, good cheer, good company, and good food.

In the spirit of sharing one of my favorite dishes, I'm bringing wassail. To celebrate THAT, here are some of my favorite wassail songs/old carols. Fear not, no tentacles here... although I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of seeing a boar's head on the table...

Of course, as soon as I volunteered to bring wassail, I was immediate asked:
What the HECK is that?

So allow me to share my recipe--bear in mind that my measurements aren't exactly exact:
About 2/3 gallon GOOD apple cider (juice will NOT do)
1 bottle of quality beer
2 oranges
1 apple
sometime I add a pear, too
I was feeling super lazy...
and I've got some pretty awesome "Five Spice" mix on hand
 (Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, fennel, and anise)
so about 3 Tablespoons of that
another teaspoon of whole allspice
(powdered is fine, whole is what I had in my cupboard)
(you can adjust those amounts to taste)
About half a cup of brown sugar (I like sweet wassail)
a few cinnamon sticks (mostly for decoration)
put it all in a slow cooker and simmer on very low heat
I'm letting mine go all day...

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