Probably the thing that Jon likes most about our new apartment is that we have room for a proper Christmas tree. Taller than him. Which is pretty tall. He set off into the cold, the day after Thanksgiving, steely eyed and focused, much like a woodsman of old in search of the perfect specimen of fir, and returned with a shoulder full of needles and the biggest tree weâ€™ve ever had the pleasure of decorating.
So now everything smells of pine, blended with cinnamon from the wreath, and tangerines. Itâ€™s time to hunker down, mull wine, or, better still, make a Steaming Bishop.
Years ago a friend told me that this was his Grandmaâ€™s go-to Sunday night drink in winter. Apparently sheâ€™d get happy and tipsy and sing the rude words to Christmas Carols. Every time I drink one, thatâ€™s EXACTLY what I feel like doing.
Steaming BishopÂ (makes 6 glasses)Â½ 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
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