There is something about the fragrances associated with Christmas that transports me back to my childhood. The scent of nutmeg and ginger take me to my Grandmother’s house for gingerbread cookies. The fragrance of cinnamon and butter makes my mouth salivate for my mother’s homemade cinnamon rolls. The aroma of star anise makes me long for my girlfriend’s poached pears.
Just thinking about all those goodies makes me put on 15lbs. So today I have a better solution – simmering potpourri. Even if you don’t cook, you can make your house smell like you do.
Today’s recipe is for Capturing Christmas Simmering Potpourri to help you get into the holiday spirit. This recipe is just a guideline. Use whatever spices you have on hand. I would have added a vanilla bean if I had one on hand.
Capturing Christmas Simmering Potpourri
- 1-2 orange lemon or lime peels
- 4-5 star anise
- a small palm full of cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- a few cardamom seeds
- a few allspice berries
- a couple of slices of fresh ginger
Put ingredients into a small pot.
Fill the pot 2/3 full of fresh water.
Put on the stove and simmer.
Don’t let all of the water evaporate. Keeping filling pot with water as needed. You can store the potpourri in the refrigerator in a glass jar and use for a couple days.
My only regret is that I couldn’t put a Christmas tree in the mix. Then my Christmas olfactory experience would be complete.
Quote of the Day:
“Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.” - Charlotte Carpenter
Or in a pot of simmering potpourri…
and then, she paused for thought.