I love almost everything about winter, feeling festive, dark nights, cold frosty days and snow. And this time of year in particular, the build up to Christmas is so exciting, sadly we are past the days of the nativity. But hanging onto the carol services and Santa for our dear lives. The last remnants of a Christmas that next year will change forever.
One thing that will never change is the emphasis on family time. And having festive family recipes that we can make together are moments that I hope will stay with us. The boys love creating in the kitchen, and it is something we encourage. Teaching the boys to be independent health conscious are high on the agenda. Health is a responsibility, not only for Jack, for all of us.
It is also that time of year that hot drinks are high up on the agenda. The first thing I do when I come home is reach for kettle. I know my water intake is down, and this is something I really need to address.
I also want to ensure the boys water intake is high, and a great way to ensure this is creating recipes with juice that feel a little different, yet fundamentally has a high water content.
Yesterday I tried out a recipe from the Robinsons Recipe Book. There are lots of great ways to make juice a little different. This Mulled Apple and Blackcurrant Recipe really caught my eye.
You will need;
200 ml of Robinsons Apple and Blackcurrant
800 ml of Water
4 Black Peppercorns
2 Star Anise
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
Warm all of the ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil, simmer for 3 minutes and then leave to rest for 3 minutes to infuse, and serve with a cinnamon stick.
Not only is the perfect winter warning juice, but great to have simmering away when visitors pop in, or when the boys get home from school.