Between the cold weather and the Christmas season, I am thinking of food and drink a lot these days. For me it is good to make up a hot drink from spices and herbs rather than a tea-bag, so I am giving you a couple of recipes I like.
MULLED APPLE JUICE (enough for four)
Apple juice is the easiest fruit juice to digest. If you are making your own juice, choose firm apples with a strong flavour and simmer them gently, unskinned and cut in quarters, before sieving.
900 ml (1 1/2 pints) apple juice
1 small cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 oz. brown sugar
Mix ingredients in pan and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Leave to cool for an hour or so. Reheat carefully and strain. Serve in mugs or strong glasses.
FENNEL SEED TEA
Ingredients for one.
2 teaspoons crushed or ground fennel seed
600 ml (1 pint) boiling water.
Crush seed with a teaspoon and put in warmed teapot. Pour on boiled water, cover pot with tea cosy and leave to infuse for ten minutes. Strain and serve a little at a time.
This eases indigestion and gets rid of wind.