autumn winter mood board

I have made a Pinterest board recently. It is full of golden colour and sights that revive emotions of comfort and home despite the fact the weather will evidently be turning for the worse now.

 The promise of a real fire or the season for pumpkins and possibilities for snuggles and hot drinks, always brings fruitfulness out of this peculiar mid-season weather.
If you lean towards the American love for pumpkin pie or the British tradition of apple crumble (I love both) it is time to get baking, warming up the house and your insides through.

I have been watching a BBC TV programme called The Incredible Spice Men. They have literally left me exclaiming out loud ‘I’LL DO IT!’
They have been using all sorts of herbs, chillies and spices to add heaps of extraordinary flavour and overwhelming interest to golden oldies. There are quite a few great recipes you can find my favs of which are also posted to my Food Delights Pinterest board.

Any way in honour of this new found passion for spices and to enter the new season here is an easy recipe and Don’t Forget….. My Pinterest board for Autumn/ Fall Fun!

Spiced Mulled Cider

autumn christmas spices

Serves 2-4

• 2 x 500ml bottles apple cider
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 6 cloves
• 2 pieces orange peel, peeled with a vegetable peeler
• Small piece fresh ginger
• ½ vanilla bean (or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract)
• 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar, to taste
• 2 shots dark or spiced rum, optional

Put all your ingredients apart from rum in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Gently simmer for 15 minutes or until mixture is nice and warm and smells amazing. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Strain off the spices, pour into glasses and serve warm. If you want it to feel party pretty, put a cinnamon stick in the glass for garnish.
Alternatively you can put all the in a slow cooker to mull for a longer time really infusing the spices further, put on med heat for 40 min-1hr again if you desire rum add jut before serving. (double recipe for bigger quantities but be aware how much cinnamon sticks you use, you shouldn’t need more than 4 even if you more than double the recipe.)

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