Monday, September 29, 2008

Scrumptious Extras

Readers and Subscribers,

First, thanks so much to all of you who have followed the book blog tour and to all our new readers.

This week, our topic is the Scrumptious Extras that we bake, make or mix up--only during the holiday season. For me, it's wassail, that Norse drink whose name means "Be in good health." In A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts, page 79, I tell about my first taste of wassail in my childhood home and how I later acquired the recipe from the bank, who had earlier given some to Dad.

There wasn't room in the book to include the recipe, so here it is for you, and as I said in my essay, to now wrap my hands around a warm mug of wassail is to conjure up memories of my childhood home and that first whiff of wassail, like holding a cup of pumpkin pie. Enjoy!!

Do you have a scrumptious extra you make only at Christmas? Share with us, please.

Recipe ran in the Houston Chronicle Food Section years ago, submitted by then Bank of the Southwest. I hope that's enough credit to not infringe on copyrights. I tried to get one from them to include recipe in book, but couldn't reach the right person, and the bank has undergone many name changes since the recipe was published.

Wassail / Cathy

2 qts apple cider

1 cup lemon juice

2 cups orange juice

1 cup sugar or honey

2 tsp. whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

Simmer for ten minutes until flavors blend.


Natalia said...

Great Blog!!! I am from Puerto Rico and I would say that my scrumptious extra is called Coquito is a beverage that we make for christmas and I love it and other is a dessert that I have to make for christmas too and is called tembleque. I love both and when I make this I just think that I am in my island.

Dani said...

I love Wassil! We always make it on Christmas Eve. We add a ton of red hots!

bmdf said...

Your blog is thought-provoking and beautiful! The wassail is a fancier version of one I've used for years in Christmas Open Houses. I'm going to try yours this upcoming holiday season!
*Would love to win that basket!

Millie said...

Nothing says the holiday season more than the smell of Wassil or Apple cider!! This is a wonderful blog keep up the good work!!

Abi said...

This sounds scrumptious. I'd love to win this book and basket.

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Sherry said...

I love wassail! I'm going to be returning here again and again as the holidays approach. And I'm lookng forward to reading your book.