Christmas Pop-Up Shop Opening // Thurs 8 Dec // (+ Mulled Wine)

Christmas Pop-Up Shop // Thursday 8th December // 3:30pm - 7pm
Simple Shape, Ashby Mews (behind 106 Manor Avenue), London, SE4.

If you're local to Brockley and would like to stop by for a little Christmas shopping and a glass of mulled wine we will be opening the studio doors this afternoon at 3:30pm and would love to see you. 

I can't for a second pretend that this is my Mulled Wine recipe (it's a slightly simplified version of a Jamie Oliver one). But it is fruity, spicy and fully festive...and it's going to be on the little burner in my studio, but if you can't make it along, here's the recipe.

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2 x clementines
1 x lime
1 x lemon
200g x caster sugar
6 x whole cloves
1 x cinnamon stick
1 x whole nutmeg (for grating)
1 x vanilla pod
2 x star anise
2 x bottles red wine


1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime.  Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.

2. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.

3. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. (Make sure you make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol - bad plan!)

4. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down (don't think I can do this on a wood burner?!) to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Heat gently and drink up.