Patience is not a virtue that I possess in great quantities. Especially not when it comes to Christmas. At the first sniff of December I’m writing cards, listening to Slade and draping fairy lights over every plant in the house. Saturday, being December 1st, was no exception. After finishing my gift shopping (impressed?) and having a festive lunch with a friend, I headed home to have my own private pikku joulu party.
Meaning ‘little Christmas’ in Finnish, pikku joulu is a term used for any pre-Christmas Christmas party. A standard pikku joulu party usually involves copious amounts of alcohol, silly games and dancing till the wee hours. Though I’m by absolutely no means averse to the standard pikku joulu, Saturday night was a far more mellow affair. For starters the guest list consisted of me and me alone. Candles were lit, presents were wrapped, joulutorttu were baked and glögi was consumed. It was great!
Glögi (or glög, in Swedish) is a kind of mulled wine. Moreoften that not it is spiked with koskenkorva (a clear Finnish spirit) but I’m a wimp when it comes to hard liquor and prefer to leave it out. This is how I make it:
2 bottles of red wine
Peelings of one orange
6 whole cardamons, bruised
1 inch piece of ginger, halved
1 stick of cinnamon
1 cup of sugar
Raisins and sliced almonds to serve
- Add wine to a large pan with the spices and leave to infuse overnight.
- Add the sugar to the pan and heat gently until almost boiling.
- Ladle into glasses or mugs and sprinkle in raisins and almonds.
PS The 2007 Food Blog Awards are taking place at Well Fed Network. Nominations accepted until the 5th December. I got my votes in just in time!