Tag: Cooking

Family Recipe: Wassail

Happy holidays! Well, in preparation of the holiday party and New Year season, I have a little recipe for you all. I have seen feedback that many people don’t like getting a story before the recipe so I’m going to post the recipe straightaway. If you want to hear about Wassail – go read below the recipe for that.

image description: image of cranberry juice, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, an orange, and whole cloves all assembled on a blue mat.

Wassail

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


Ingredients
2 Quarts apple juice or cider
1 pint cranberry juice
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tsp whole allspice
1 whole small orange, studded with whole cloves
1 cup rum (optional)
1 tsp aromatic bitters (optional)

Instructions
Put all ingredients in crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for 4 to 8 hours.
Serve warm from crockpot..

image description: a white ceramic mug with cider in it and an orange slice on the rim, then two orange slices, a cinnamon stick, and whole cloves arranged on a blue mat.

Wassail is hot mulled cider – many different formulations exist over different cultures – my mother’s family is part British so it’s possible this is an old family tradition. I was always under the impression that most of my family’s traditions derived from their time spent stationed on the Army base in Germany though.

The word, according to Wiki, is derived from the Medieval Christmastide tradition of wassailing – or an English drinking ritual to guarantee a good harvest in the new year.

Wassail is a drink that we have made every single holiday as far as I can remember. Thanksgiving – when we celebrated it – included putting the Wassail on early in the morning and beginning to drink it by noon. Also, I personally have never had the alcoholic version, so this was a very innocent tradition from my childhood.

When I had my first holiday party in our home in Atlanta, I made wassail as one of the things I had – it was one of the biggest endeavors I ever undertook – but it was so much fun! I haven’t managed to replicate it in Baltimore mostly because of the size of our row home.

Hopefully you enjoy this recipe too! Let me know what you think.

❤ J

Summer Popsicles

Rose Crush and Orange Cream

image description: photo of filled pink popsicle molds and a box that says ‘Betchsicles’ on it.

Summer used to be such a simple time. I know every adult looks back on their childhood – and especially the summers – and thinks that it was such a different time then. But I think that’s a true reflection of our times!

I never had a lot of friends growing up, but summer for me was always full of sunscreen, beach towels, chapter books, and chorine. Even when I grew up and got my first job, it was still full of all these things because I was a lifeguard.

The best thing on those hot, humid days of summer was reaching in the freezer and pulling out a popsicle. It was even better if you could combine that with the sun-filled taste of a freshly blended Orange Julius Original.

That’s where I got the first idea for these popsicles. I’ve been making my own Juliuses at home for a long time. So that recipe and these fun popsicle molds that I uncovered last winter when I organized my house sparked a creation. Yum.

Orange Cream Popsicles

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


Ingredients
1/2 can of frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of cold water
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
(If you’re really particular about texture, use a stick blender).
Pour into Betchsicles molds (or any popsicle molds).
Freeze overnight.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Baltimore blog without a recipe for a mimosa type popsicle.

This is a play on mimosa or an orange crush with Rose. Definitely more alcohol than anything else. Be aware!

Rose Crush Popsicles

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


Ingredients
1/2 can of frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of your favorite Rose.

Instructions
Combine the orange juice and water first, mix well.
Then add the wine.
Pour your slurry into the popsicle molds.
Freeze overnight.

These were a fun treat for Memorial Day.

It’s always fun to try other liquors or mix-ins! Let me know what you come up with!

❤ Always, J