During last Saturday’s blizzard, I decided I wanted to have some good old-fashioned mulled wine. It was a perfect night for this warm, spiced red wine concoction. Except that I didn’t have any red wine. And there was a blizzard. But, once I set my mind on something I’ve got to have it! The 5-block drive was quite the adventure, but well worth it. Here’s how I made it, with what I had on hand.
Mulled Wine (Modified from the Joy Of Cooking)
1 – 750 mL bottle red wine of choice (I used my trusty favourite, Fuzion)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 whole nutmeg, slightly crushed
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves
2 lemons, juiced and zested
1 orange, juiced and zested
Heat water and sugar in a pot until sugar dissolves. Add spices, citrus juice and zest and let simmer for 3 minutes. Add wine and let bubble just below a boil for 10 minutes. Serve hot with a slice of orange, cinnamon stick and a fresh cranberry.
Green drinks/smoothies are one of my favourite breakfast meals or snacks. There are so many combinations of fruits and vegetables to use, usually whatever you have in your fridge! I add protein powder in to make them a full meal that will keep me satiated for around 3 hours. The trick is to use a very good blender. Otherwise, you’ll end up with pulpy slush that isn’t very appetizing. In this version, I added a beet, which not only lends its beautiful colour to the drink, but also its vitamins and nutrients!
Red Green Smoothie
1 small beet, peeled and cut into wedges
3 cups greens (kale, swiss chard, lettuce, mesclun)
1 stalk celery
1 small carrot, peeled
1/2″ fresh ginger
1 apple (or pear, nectarine, peach, whatever’s in season)
1 tbsp fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh juice (cranberry is my fav)
1 serving’s worth of protein powder
Place everything in a blender and add enough water to almost cover. Blend until super smooth. You can stop and start the blender to let the larger pieces settle to the bottom. Pour into your favourite smoothie glass and enjoy! Keeps in the fridge for about 2 days.