With Thanksgiving just a day away and only 4 weeks to go before Christmas, many of us are busy making plans for hosting and attending numerous holiday gatherings with friends and family near and far.
I love that the holiday season kind of forces us to make time to catch up with friends and relatives we haven’t seen in a while, but one of my favourite things about the holidays, is the delightful aroma of spices and baked goodies meandering through the air as preparations are being made for the next gathering. Nowadays, it evokes acute nostalgia, transporting me back to those childhood days when everyone would gather at Mama’s (my maternal grandmother) house for a reunion buzzing with laughter and fun. A brief thought about this yesterday, then I was off to buy cranberries, so I could make a classic holiday pot simmer potpourri at home.
The best thing about a simmering potpourri is that you get to use all natural ingredients of your choice and it leaves a lasting pleasant fragrance in your home for a reasonably long time after you’ve stopped the simmer. Follow this recipe to get the smell of warming holiday spices wafting through your home.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 4 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 2 tablespoons whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cups of water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Slice orange and lemons, add to pot with all other ingredients, bring to a vigorous boil then set on low heat and let simmer.
2. Please ensure you keep an eye on the water level; simply add more if needed, to keep the simmer going for longer.
3. Follow your nose, feel free to go lighter or heavier on specific ingredients listed above, the idea here is that you tailor the combination to suit your own needs. For example, when I want the fragrance to remain more spicy than sweet, I avoid using the vanilla on that occasion.
4. Relax, enjoy, repeat!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my USA readers and others observing the day!