Back in the UK to Christmas the way Dickens surely intended it. Shopping in Kingston with my Mum, a curry with my sister, and a car ride to Edinburgh with a break inÂ scenicÂ Wigan to see myÂ GrandparentsÂ and have a cup of tea.
But here back at Jon’s childhood home, things have taken a turn for the Victorian. As I type this, for example, my husband is out in the woods with his father chopping up wood for the stove.
It’s any port in a storm weather outside. It’s time to hunker down and wrap Christmas presents and drink a Steaming Bishop.
I’ll admit it. I was pre-disposed to love this drink the moment I heard the name.
I came across this drink at a Christmas party a few years ago, when a friend used some cooking port to pep up some mulled wine and another guest said it reminded him of his grandmotherâ€™s favorite winter tipple.
Apparently she was wont to drink one or two on a Sunday evening after evensong, then play the piano and sing rude words to popular hymns.
When I made and drank this, thatâ€™s exactlyÂ what I felt like doing.
Makes 6 glassesÂ½ bottle of port Â½ cup of orange juice 1 orange studded with 12 cloves 1 cinnamon stickÂ Â
- Put the orange into a medium oven for 15 minutes to roast
- Pour the port and the orange juice into a pan
- Heat gently with the clove-studded orange and the cinnamon stick until steaming but not boiling