Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Talk Back Tuesday

Ok, well, that title doesn't really make any sense, but the whole double alliteration thing seems to be the thing these days, and you know I'm such a follower.
Anywho, I've never re-posted anything I've written before...before, but I wrote some pretty good crap about a year ago, so we'll give it a whirl.
I'm not sure if any of the people who read my blog a year ago, still read it. They've probably all been offended and never came back, but tell me if you remember this one:

I was chastised by many for not having shared my Wassail recipe, in a previous post, while bragging about it. I've made it my personal creed NOT to do anything remotely crafty or domestic on my blog, because that might possibly mislead you into thinking that I actually Do things that are domestic.

Well, back in the day, I used to fancy myself something of a culinary genius. I think we've all been there. Fresh from the alter, anxious to please my new husband with all my domestic brilliance. I made up recipes and cooked them for my husband and family. I even made a recipe book a few years ago, and gave it out to my family for Christmas. I've been told by some of my sister-in-laws that it's the only recipe book they use!

Now, before you pass out from shock, please understand that this was the younger, more ambitious and more energetic Sherrie.

There is something about having 3 children in 3 1/2 years, that can wipe the fun right out of you. Now, I'm lucky to have a meal cooked every night. And yes, cheese tacos, mac 'n' cheese, and frozen pizzas are regular menu items now days.

So, since I've been lacking in the holiday spirit, and the domestic department lately, I thought I'd unburden myself by sharing my Wassail recipe with you.

I started making Wassail for Thanksgiving when I was 10 years old. (So when I said 20 years ago, I wasn't exaggerating!) My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Sevy, had the class all help make it one year. I was so excited to come home and share it with my family. That year, we (Mom and I) made Mrs. Sevy's recipe for Wassail. Over the years, I've altered the recipe slightly, adding an ingredient here and there, taking out things I didn't think worked. I've had some years when I tried new ingredients and it turned out simply awful. But the last few years, I think I've got it mastered! I have NEVER missed a year of making Wassail since that year in 1988. Now, I'm passing on the delicious blessing to you.

Are you sick of my talking yet? Are you thinking, well get on with it then, where's the recipe?

Now, I'm having second thoughts. What if I've hyped it a little TOO much, and now you'll be expecting some magic potion of youth and vitality, and you'll be disappointed when it turns out to be just plain old Wassail, delicious as it may be.

Maybe I won't share.........

Ok, I will. Here it is:

Best Ever Holiday Wassail
1 gallon apple cider (not juice, cider has more zip. Yes, that's important)
4 oranges (these are for juice, you could use frozen juice, but it's not the same)
2 lemons
ground nutmeg (I don't know how much--just shake the bottle, probably 4-5 shakes)
or about 1 tsp, if you are a measure freak.
ground cinnamon (same rule applies, only use a lot more, probably 10 shakes)
or 1 TB-ish
ginger (4-5 shakes, or 1 tsp)
1 bottle of stick cinnamon (just dump it in--about 10-15 sticks)
16-20 whole cloves (you can use ground cloves (1 tsp), but it's not as pretty)

Pour cider into large pot or crockpot, set on Low heat. Slice oranges and lemons in half. From each orange, cut a slice and set aside. Juice oranges and lemons with juicer (or just squeeze 'em if you're really strong), and pour juice into cider. Add spices. Stir. Stick cloves in sections of orange slices. Put slices in cider to float as garnish(now it's tasty and pretty. Simmer 1 hour. Serve Hot (duh.)

There you have it! Now you know I don't measure when I cook. I just dump stuff in and hope it tastes good. But if you're a OCD control freak, and HAVE to measure stuff, you can. I'm pretty sure it won't taste as good, though, if you measure it. I'm not sure why. I think a little dash a rebellion is my secret ingredient.

So, go try it, and then, tell me how much you LOVE it!!!


Sher said...

Upon recommendation from a very trusted source, I tried grapefruit juice in it this year, and it was delicious!!

2busy said...

This sounds yummy!

The Head Eagle said...

You are a girl after my own heart! Kids change you, they change things! I remember the days I was domestic and eager to go, do, and make. *Sigh* they are gone!

Will I be shunned if I admit, I've never had wassail? I am going to borrow your recipe and give it a try!

Erin said...

Mmmm. I love how you add a little bit of rebellion. I bet you add a little bit of love too, which makes it extra yummy.

The Head Eagle said...

The more I think on this post...not so much the recipe, but the remarks about once being anxious to please our husbands, and how children "can wipe the fun right out of you"...you've inspired a post. I'm drafting it now. I will be sure to link back..but wanted to give you a heads up!

Kristina P. said...

I love the idea of putting it in the crockpot. So easy!

Mikki said...

I do remember seeing the recipe last year, but I don't remember the other part. Hmmm, maybe this means I'm a food and beverage addict? Sounds really good. Maybe I'll try it this year.

The Garden of Egan said...

Sounds delicious! Good to see a post from ya. I've missed reading you. I'm sure you aren't busy or anything...eating bonbons and watching soap operas all day....HA


The Boob Nazi said...

I refuse to not measure things. It makes me so antsy.

Rachel Sue said...

Thanks for the recipe! I have been looking for a good wassil recipe. I can't wait to try it!