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Homemade Mulled Wine

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With the holidays approaching and cold weather outside, it is the perfect time to turn on your fireplace and enjoy a cup of smooth, full-bodied homemade Mulled Wine. It is an old fragrant European concoction that is consumed during the Christmas Season, starting with the first of Advent and is served hot, traditionally at German Christmas Markets. It makes a nice drink also on New Year’s Eve.

You will need:

  • 1/4 liter red wine (1 cup), like Burgundy or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or 1 slice of a lemon (rinse the lemon before use)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed orange juice or 1 slice of an orange, optional (rinse the orange before use)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • pinch of ground clove
  • pinch of ground anise or 1 star anise, either one – not both
  • 1 tablespoon rock sugar (or 4 teaspoons white granulated sugar) or to taste

This recipe makes 1 cup of Mulled Wine. Multiply the recipe for more. If using very dry wine, you might want to add more sugar to taste.

Directions:

Heat the red wine with the rest of the ingredients in a pot over medium/medium low heat until very hot, but do not allow the wine to come to a boil, for about 20 to 30 minutes. Sieve the wine using a fine mesh strainer or spoon out any fruit slices or dried spices that are used and pour it into a porcelain mug or a glass coffee mug and serve it hot. Leftovers can be reheated. Store leftover Mulled Wine without any fruit slices, cinnamon sticks, or star anise.

Grab some Macaroons or Butter Cookies and a cup of hot Mulled Wine late in the afternoon. This heavenly tasty concoction is knock-your-feet-off delicious and warms up your body, heart, and soul!

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This creamy tomato soup is simple and easy to make. It is gluten-free and dairy-free and packed with flavor.

You will need:

2 lb (1 kg) fresh tomatoes
2 – 3 tablespoons margarine (e.g. Fleischmann’s)
dash of extra virgin olive oil
3/4 – 1 onion (yellow or red), finely diced
1 heaped tablespoon celery leaves, chopped (about 3/4 oz or 20 grams)
1 bay leaf
2 cups (500 ml) water
a dash or two (or to taste) of soy sauce, gluten-free
fine salt, to taste
fresh black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon of Italian dried herbs
1 tablespoon (or to taste) salt-free Mrs. Dash Original Blend
pinch of nutmeg
dash of curry powder
dash of ground rosemary (you can grind dried rosemary in the coffee grinder to a very fine powder)
dash of ground oregano
dash or two of Old Bay

Cut the tomatoes into dice. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan (preferably stainless steel), melt the margarine and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery leaves, and bay leaf. Cover, reduce the heat to very low and cook for about 10 minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes and water and season to taste. Cover the pot with a lid and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until all the flavors have blended, about 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Set aside and puree the soup with a blender for a creamy texture. No thickening or milk/cream required. It is rich in flavor the natural way. Using ripe tomatoes intensifies the flavor and color. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Tastelishes Rum Ball Bliss


No-Bake Rumballs

These delicious no-bake rum balls are easy to make and taste even better after they have aged for several days. The recipe does not call for corn syrup or wafers.

You will need: (Makes about 17 balls)

100 grams chocolate morsels, bitter or bitter-sweet
40 grams unsalted butter or unsalted margarine
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
50 grams cocoa powder (to sift)
3 – 4 tablespoons white Rum (e.g. Bacardi) (for a kid-friendly version, use rum aroma/extract to taste)

Deco:

25 – 50 grams ground almonds or hazelnuts, roasted (I used 25 grams to lightly coat all the rum balls with)
2 teaspoons white fine granulated sugar
chocolate streusel or sweetened coconut flakes as needed (you could also use colored sugar as a coating)

Melt the chocolate morsels in a double boiler. Stir to check if fully melted. Add the butter/margarine and let melt completely. Stir to mix. Set aside. Add each of the following ingredients and incorporate before adding the next one: cream, powdered sugar, cocoa (sift it in), and rum. Let cool to room temperature (takes approx. 30 minutes). Meantime, prepare the nuts. Roast the grinded almonds or hazelnuts in a nut roaster or a stainless steel pan. Add the sugar and mix. Stir often until they are lightly tanned in color. Set aside and let cool. Once the chocolate mixture has cooled off and is firm, form neat little balls. Lightly coat each rum ball with roasted nuts and roll them in chocolate sprinkles or coconut flakes until they are completely covered. If the rum balls have a hard time taking on the chocolate sprinkles, lightly squeeze them to press the sprinkles into the rum balls and reform them into neat balls. Place each rum ball in a mini paper cup, cover, and chill in the refrigerator until completely firm (takes about an hour). Let them come to room temperature before serving. These gorgeous little chocolate rum balls are truly irresistible!

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Tastelishes eBook with recipes to create gourmet-style appetizers like Blini with caviar.    Tastelishes Home Cooking with Natural Food.    Tastelishes recipes on baking fresh bread with a denser texture and a crisp crust, easy homemade sourdough and more.    Tastelishes recipes on cooking delightful festive side dishes.    Tastelishes recipes for cooking hearty and healthy soups.    Tastelishes recipes on refreshing salads and a homemade versatile tangy vinaigrette.    Tastelishes recipes for classic dips and sauces.     Tastelishes bakes the ultimate cupcakes like a Cappuccino Cupcake with a light Tiramisu cream finish or a Red Velvet Cupcake with a Black Forest-style topping, Nutella cupcake, Pizza cupake and more.    Tastelishes recipes for baking heavenly Dream Cakes like a light Bee Sting.     Tastelishes new recipes for baking trendy cakes.    Tastelishes recipes on baking classic cakes from scratch.    Tastelishes Sweets and Desserts. Recipes to create irresistible temptations.    Tastelishes eBook with recipes for cake toppings and fillings like Tastelishes crocant, buttercream and more.    Tastelishes baking Christmas Cookies and more festive baking.

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