If you want to do something very different this holiday season, try making some steaming bishop. It is the drink that most of us would know from Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Bob and Ebenezer end up sharing a bowl together, after Scrooge’s reformation. Unfortunately, this wonderful old drink has almost been lost to antiquity. Give her a go, though, mate!
Ingredients for the Traditional Recipe:
- · 6 Seville Oranges (or 5 regular oranges and 1 grapefruit)
- · 4 oz. sugar
- · 6 cloves in each orange
- · 1 bottle strong cheap red wine
- · 1 bottle port
Don’t spend too much money on the porth, though. It will only spoil the experience. The average Englishman would not have been able to afford too expensive a bottle.
How to Prepare:
Stick cloves into the oranges lemons and bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Rotate them once after 20 minutes. Put the warmed fruit into a large pot. Pour the wine over them and add the sugar. Cover and heat to a low temperature. Turn off the stove and leave in a warm place for 24 hours. Slice the fruit in half and squeeze the juice into with the wine. You may filter the pulp and cloves out of the mixture if you wish. Add the port and heat the pot again on warm or low heat. Do not boil! Fruit will bitter up. Serve it hot .
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
The Celtic Ozarkian