I feel a little left out at the moment. Everyone is having a Christmas party of some sort or other and I have never been to one. I’m not sure how it’s different to any other kind of party other than people adorning some questionably festive earrings and the subtle background music involving an alarming amount of sleigh bells. In order to rectify my festive blues I decided to have my own Christmas party. I say party but really it was just an excuse to make some jelly.You will need (for four jellies):
5 sheets of gelatine
400ml mulled wine
100ml freshly squeezed orange juice
Start by putting the gelatine into a bowl of cold water and leaving it to soak. Meanwhile heat the sugar and water together until the sugar has dissolved and then bring to the boil. Once boiled, squeeze any excess water from the gelatine and add to the sugar mix. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved. Pour in the mulled wine and orange juice and then share the mixture between whatever receptacle you feel like and refrigerate until set. A friend of mine had the brainwave to put the jelly into old jars; I quite like the look it gave to the finished jelly.
When the jelly was set I put on some antlers and settled down to enjoy a bit of Bing Crosby. The jelly was cold but because of the wine it warmed you up at the same time; the orange added a twang and sweetness. Please don’t think of this as a lonely party for one; I didn’t end up singing along to power ballads eating icing off of a spoon. Mulled wine and oranges are what Christmas is all about (and Brussels sprouts, turkey and brandy etc.) and when you mix them together, slightly solidify them and use this as an excuse to have what I like to call a 'Personal Christmas Party' it can only be a good thing.