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December 8, 2012

The Pantry Quiz #12

Mulling spices.

What's in a Name?

Mulled wine, a traditional hot drink during the December holiday season, probably originated in Europe during Victorian times. It's red wine that has been warmed, sweetened, and spiced, with everything nice. Name three spices on The Perfect Pantry's spice rack that typically go into the mull. [Extra credit if you can name four, or five, or six.]


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have these ingredients in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: Olive oil, according to this article in Reader's Digest. By the way, with a bit of re-mixing, it also can power your car.]

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Cinnamon sticks
Star anise
Orange zest

Stick cinnamon, check
star anise, check
allspice, check
cloves, check
vanilla bean pod, check
bay leaf, check

I have all six in my cupboard. Let's not forget some nice pieces of orange and lemon zest.

cinnamon sticks
white pepper
Don't think raisins, honey, or
lemon or orange rind are spices.

Cinnamon sticks
Star Anise
Whole allspice
Whole cloves
Whole cardamom
I have everything but the star anise.

MY recipe uses (whole)

I have seen recipes from other ethnic backgrounds with ginger or star anise

I've been smelling mulled wine since they set up the Christmas market in the center of Nantes and there is always one or two stands selling soft pretzels and mulled wine out of huge steaming copper pots. Cinnamon, lemon peel, orange peel, allspice, cloves, ginger but maybe not always.

all of these above!!
by the way... sooooo tricky last week!!!

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