Adventskalender: Fa la la la la, la la la la

„Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.“

This feels very jolly – festive casual if you want to annoy your surroundings. For work I ditch the red boots. But all in all a splendid outfit for the Christmas market. Time to tune in again on Radio Snowflake to drive the colleagues nuts…

Jolly, holly, dolly... anyway - time to carol on!

Jolly, holly, dolly… anyway – time to carol on!

dress: Marks and Spencer
red cardigan: dream of the cropModCloth
boots: duoboots.com
tartan scarf: Primark
brooch: vintage
pillbox hat: House of Fraser

Fröhlich, festlich im Alltag, perfekt um die Weihnachtshasser zur Räson zu bringen.  Für ein Arbeitsoutfit lasse ich die roten Stiefel weg.  Auch ein guter Look für den Weihnachtsmarkt. Jetzt noch  Radio Snowflake einschalten und die Kollegen drehen durch…

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Adventskalender: Make your own Glühwein!

The air is crisp outside and the Christmas markets are back in town. Mulled wine or Glühwein is a drink I enjoy quite often not very much. Too sweet, awful wine as a base and hardly any spices, luke warm in an ungly mug is the harsh reality of many stalls out there. It makes you appreciate „your“ usual one even more. One of my favorite markets was the one in Manchester with the neogothic town hall as a back drop. How quaint!

Sometimes however you want to make your own mulled wine.
This is my recipe:

  • a bottle of drinkable (dry) red wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 pods of cardamon
  • a touch of nutmeg
  • a couple of pink peppercorns
  • 2-3 tablespoons of muscova (or cane) sugar

A copper kettle would be very appropriate, but actually any kettle will do, even if it won’t impress your guests. Make sure it just simmers and doesn’t get to boil (or else the alcohol will evaporate). To serve put in heatproof glasses (or your assorted collection of Christmas market mugs). Some gingerbread and/ or plums in bacon go rather nicely along. Prost!

Manchester Christmas Market

Manchester Christmas Market

Draussen wird es wieder klirrend kalt und der Weihnachtsmarkt ist wieder in der Stadt. Glühwein ist eines der Getränke das ich sehr, sehr oft nicht mag. Meist zu süss, mit einem schlechten Wein als Basis, kaum Gewürze und lauwarm in einer hässlichen Tasse ist leider viel zu oft die Realität an so manchem Stand. Man schätzt dann „seinen“ Stand um so mehr, wenn man ihn denn gefunden hat. Einer meiner Lieblingsmärkte war der German Market in Manchester. Das neugotische Rathaus im Hintergrund war einfach eine grandiose Kulisse!

Manchmal mache ich aber auch meinen eigenen Glühwein. Und das ist mein Rezept:

  • eine Flasche trinkbaren (trockenen) Rotwein
  • 2 Zimtstangen
  • 3 Sternanis
  • 3 Nelken
  • eine Orange in Scheiben
  • 2 Kardamon-Kapseln
  • eine Prise Muskat
  • ein paar Rosa Pfefferkörner
  • 2-3 Esslöffel Muscova oder braunen Rohrzucker

Ein Kupferkessel wäre natürlich sehr adäquat, aber eigentlich tut es irgendein Tops, auch wenn der dann nicht unbedingt die Gäste beeindruckt. Den Glühwein nur erhitzen, nicht aufkochen lassen (sonst verdunstet der Alkohol). Dann in hitzebeständigen Gläsern kredenzen (oder halt der bunten Mischung der Tassen der letzen Weihnachtsmärkte). Etwas Lebkuchen und/ oder Pflaumen im Speckmantel passen da recht gut zu. Cheers!

Christmas Bling

„Santa Baby, just slip a sable some bling under the tree, For me…Been an awful good girl…“
Today opens the Christmas market in town. The town centre is now full of little huts selling trinkets, artisanal stuff and lots of food – some is even pretty good! An entire alley (Glühweingasse!) is turned in to a mulled wine bar. Which is also the predominant drink you can get in town these days. You can drink in on an old school merry-go-round, in a giant Christmas pyramid and in front of dozens of huts. We even have a flying Santa Show!

About time to get some things matching the madness! Let me start with this – no matter how ironic you wear them, I am not really fond of Christmas sweaters. Even if you get a free Colin Firth with them. Especially the creepy ehm… humorous kind. However, I love a bit of Christmas Kitsch.

Novelty brooches, charm bracelets, silly earings and hats or fascinators are all fine with me. Fine enough to share a few of my finds (keep in mind shipping can take longer these days – AND don’t forget you might have to pay customs for some stuff!). So here you’ll find some vintage, some cheap high street stuff and a bit from Etsy – have fun! I am sooooo tempted to get the „Merry Christmas“ necklace. Would be my first one!

Christmas Bling

Charming Fascinator by Frollein von Sofa

Frollein von Sofa makes delightful and fun little hats. So far only admired her work from afar. Guess some point next year that’ll change!

And this here is my personal bling for the season – the little sleigh brooch is vintage (another Ebay find). Got the charm bracelet 10 years ago (time flies!) as well as the earrings – it was from the States, where a nice lady was confused why she got all these orders from abroad, until I told her she made it into a German fashion magazine…

Miss Kittenheels' X-Mas Bling