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Saturday, 18 December 2010

The best aroma ever.

You know when you supposed to be gift wrapping card making etc and you suddenly find yourself blog hopping and finding yourself getting further and further away from home and loving it? Well i found this site called Stone Gable. It is written by a lady who does lots of entertaining with lots of menus and table settings. The post which particularly interested me was this one.
This is a pic from Stone Gable blog. and HERE  is the link for this Christmas pot pourri Recipe. As Yvonne says don't leave this unattended on a hob. Remember a few years ago it was the in thing to have balti dishes on stands with tea lights underneath like these.

I used to work at Culpeper the Herbalist and we used to sell these Balti dishes. We also used to sell a "bestseller Christmas spice oil" and this recipe gives an exact replica of that aroma before the present owner messed about with it. It is simmering away on my coffee table now and it takes me back. It is gorgeous. The best substitute if you have no simmering dish is to wrap the ingredients in some kitchen towel and stuff behind a radiator. Or bring to a simmer on the stove and switch off. So Christmassey, nothing like the stuff you get in shops in the form of candles and "oils". Omit the star anise if you have to, it wont make a huge difference. Thank you so much Yvonne. xx


  1. Nice idea, Diane but too fiddley for me, I'll stick to candles. lol.
    Sally x

  2. Ooooh! I can smell it 3,000 odd miles away. Reminds me of the smells, as a child, in my Nan's kitchen before Christmas. Cinnamon, nutmeg and spices ready to go in the Christmas puddings and cake. Mmmmmmm.
    Love Sheila x


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