and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon,
over a Christmas bowl ofsmoking bishop, Bob!- A Christmas Carol
Has anyone else ever wondered what the heck that is?
Smoking Bishop sounds.....like you need to get out the old bong
but I don't see Bob Clampitt...I mean Cratchitt and even the
New Improved Ebenezer Scrooge having a Christmas toke.
SO i looked it up and here is the recipe for a Smoking Biship:
- 5 unpeeled sweet oranges
- 1 large unpeeled grapefruit
- 100 mg sugar
- 30 cloves
- 1500 ml strong red wine (2 bottles-about 51 oz)
- 7750 ml port wine(1 bottle-about 26 oz)
Wash the fruit and bake it on a foil lined baking sheet until it becomes pale brown, turning once.
Heat a large earthenware bowl and add the fruit. Stud each fruit with five cloves.
Add the sugar and the red wine, and store covered in a warm place for about a day.
Squeeze the juice from the fruit and strain into a saucepan.
Add the port and warm thoroughly, but don't boil.
Serve in heated glasses.
depending on what you like
There are variations including the addition of star anise and/or cinnamon sticks.
another suggestion was to simmer for an hour and add brandy, brown sugar and orange juice.
there are a couple recipes available - this is pretty much from food.com
and as suggested there it does seem like it could be a bit overwhelming
but then mulled wine is what was popular back in the time of Dickens.