On that note, today's offering is a recipe for mulled wine. It's a hybrid of a recipe by Jamie Oliver and couple of others. I had it the other night and can attest to its full flavors and heavenly glow. One of the things about cooking from scratch, and about using fresh whole ingredients as this recipe does (I'd never seen a vanilla pod in all my years as a chef!), is the amazing aromas that fill the room. This is to be shared with company to be sure, a festive and rousing (and ancient) beverage to accompany the dark nights and the seasonal lights. Enjoy, and for those with contributions to add this burgeoning food culture, send us a note!
Mulled Wine and Food CultureWritten by Trevor Malkinson
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Sunday, 19 December 2010 05:22
Interesting twist reducing a portion of the brew to intensify the flavors, and as you mention boiling the entire ensemble would be certain tragedy. I'd encourage a person to bring the heat up then immediately drop it to low, to discourage evaporation and maintain the presence of the "cheer" while avoiding cooking the wine. Think Sake.
One last note, the worst tequila hangover you ever had pales in comparison to a mulled wine one. Oh, and substituting a few star anise for the cloves adds a nice round mid note.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 23:40
Thanks for the great comments James (and for the heads up on the hangover!). I was tempted to let readers know in this short piece that we'll soon be linking into our Beams assemblage several great chef/foodie's to share their food knowledge, but thought it'd be too long an intro for that format. But then one of those future food friends showed up in the comment section unprompted!
James, I see you are now tweeting under the name 'ModernOmnivore', and we've started following those tweets. Another like-minded chef and friend of Beams tweets as 'chefmystic', and you and others might like to follow his great work too. I know you've been passionate about the future of food and the establishment of an alternative food culture for many years James, and have been an active leader in several areas and initiatives, and I look forward to your future contributions and collaborations here at Beams!
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