In this icy cold weather, hot drinks and comfort foods
In this icy cold weather, hot drinks and comfort foods are a must. Preparing and consuming them are good ways to spend time when we cannot venture outdoors.
Thinking of hot drinks, you immediately imagine a cup of hot mulled wine, also called "vin brûlé", although this is a French expression. A mixture of red wine, lemon zest, cloves and sugar, simmered (never allowed to boi) with a cinnamon stick is a real comfort drink. Serve it with cantuccini or slices of "castagnaccio" (See this old recipe in the Italymag archives,
which is very similar to the one I use with the addition of some lemon and orange zest. Also have a look at the other recipes, great winter fare)
Another great drink is a "bombardino", eggnogg served with whipped cream and cinnamon, very popular in the Italian ski resorts.
For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, I recommend
PUNCH AL MIELE
125 g honey
1 l milk
freshly grated nutmeg
Whisk the eggs until they become frothy, slowly add the honey, beating all the time and then the milk. Warm up the mixture in a double boiler (do not allow to boil)
At this time of the year, you also crave for hearty soups, stews and pulses. Also in this old thread, you may find some great Italian recipes:
Certainly, you all have your own recipes that you would like to share with the rest of the members.