VLOG 010 | Mulled Wine and Chocolate Truffles
I can’t find anything. I’m getting desperate. Hey Tasters! There is a Christmas tree
covered in gifts behind me, which seems a little bit ironic because I’ve been
walking around Larnaca Center looking for presents for my loved ones, and so
far I have failed completely. I need a plan B. It’s not just the Christmas gifts that
challenge me this time of year. I always cook the Christmas lunch for my family
and even though I love every minute of it. It can be difficult getting the timings right. Because there are so many dishes
cooking at the same time. Luckily over the years I have built a tradition with a
good friend. We get together a week before the big day, and we help each
other build a foolproof timetable. Of course this is usually accompanied by a
bottle of big, spicy red wine. However this year I’ve decided to mix it up a
bit. I remember that many years ago when I
was spending Christmas in the UK, I was introduced to the idea of mulled wine. I
hated it. Spices and oranges floating about, and
the whole thing warmed up. Why would anyone do this to wine? And I haven’t
tried mulled wine since. But, the other day I came across a recipe for mulled wine that uses white wine. I’m curious to see
if the milder flavour of white wine will be more forgiving. So let’s make some
Christmas mulled wine. Here is my list of ingredients. Inexpensive white wine, check. Cinnamon sticks, check. Cloves, check, check, check. Honey I’m sure there’s a special place in Dante’s seventh circle of hell for
adding honey to wine. Oh, and orange slices. I’m on it right now. This needs to simmer for 15 minutes. I can’t watch this anymore let’s see
what this tastes like. Okay, this is awful!
Mulled wine is much worse than I remember. Why would anyone do this to wine? I can’t give this to my friend. She’ll never let
me forget it. Hang on, sweet white wine, redolent with
aromas of citrus and baking spices. Why didn’t I think of this earlier?
La Terra. I have this wine already. This is a desert wine from the island of Limnos. Made with organically grown late harvest Muscat of Alexandria. Absolutely awash
with the aromas of Christmas. Orange marmalade and cinnamon and cloves. You know what? I’m feeling inspired. I think I’m going to whip up some chocolate truffles, scented with this divine
dessert wine. All you need is extra dark chocolate, a
splash of cream, and a splash of your favourite dessert wine. So this is now
firm it just needs to cool down a bit so I can form it into truffles. And that’s
why I’m going to pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes to speed things up. This
more than makes up for my mulled wine failure. So just take the mixture and
roll it. When you’re done with it, roll it either into cocoa powder, which is
classic. Or, if you want to mix it up a bit, you can also roll it into pistachio
nuts or almonds. And I’m gonna do all three because why not. This is a really, really messy job. It’s
kind of mesmerising just watching them roll around. Delicious, chocolatey with a
splash of my favourite dessert wine. These taste amazing! This is a Christmas
win. Christmas is a feast in the middle of winter that’s meant to remind people
that spring, the season of plenty, is just around the corner.
Christmas was not about consuming but about sharing. Everyone contributed to
the feast and this is how plenty was achieved in the middle of food scarcity.
It’s all too easy to get distracted with the directive of spend, spend, spend. And
just consume mindlessly. However Christmas was originally about sharing.
Not individual consumption. This is the time to connect with family and friends,
reaffirm bonds, and slow down. This is why as long as there have been human
societies, at this time of winter festivities, people have always shared
wine. Divine dessert wine, gorgeous chocolate nibbles, and my pens and my
paper. We are ready to devise a Christmas action plan. Guys if you’ve enjoyed this
video, give it a thumbs up, share it with a friend.
Open the description below, I’ve left you a little bit more information about this
dessert wine, because it’s perfect for Christmas. If you haven’t already, please
subscribe. Tasters, enjoy your Christmas holidays. Make them all about sharing and I’ll see you on the next video. Cheers everybody!