Saturday, 13 December 2014

Boxing Day Egg and Bacon Pie and Mulled Wine plus a Giveaway.

What do you eat on Boxing Day? Turkey sandwiches, turkey curry, turkey fajitas are the many dishes that  people are likely to eat on Boxing Day, which completely makes sense, why waste good, juicy and succulent turkey? In Nigella Lawson's baking masterpiece: How to Be A Domestic Goddess, Nigella states that this is the dish she enjoys on Boxing Day: Egg and Bacon Pie. I'm unsure whether I would eat this on Boxing Day itself, perhaps a few days later, those awkward days between Boxing Day and New Years Eve when turkey can get a bit tiresome and a hearty, comforting meal is required.
I found the Boxing Day Egg and Bacon pie rather easy to make, the most complicated part is making the pastry and I would certainly recommend buying ready-made shortcrust pastry if you are pressed for time. Once the pastry is sorted, the remainder of the making of the pie is relatively simple. Please ensure that you create a small hole in the middle of the pie to let the steam out as you don't want to the pastry to become soggy from the liquids.  I decided to serve this pie with a seasonal favourite, roasted goose fat potatoes and the essential Brussel Sprouts. Would I make this pie again ? I certainly would, I found it not only to be delicious, warming and comforting, in my opinion it so versatile and is suitable to be eaten all year round.
As we are in the full swing of the Christmas season, I served my Boxing Day Egg and Bacon Pie with  mulled wine. I've never made my own mulled wine before, I certainly have drank many mulled wine drinks when I have visited restaurants but one of the positives of being a food blogger is that I am always willing to try new dishes and drinks. With mulled wine, it's all about the spices, which gives the aromatic distinctive flavour in this warming drink. I'm such a big fan of Spice Kitchen, I reviewed their aromatic intense spices earlier this year and they were generous enough  to send me a lovely pouch of their premium mulled wine spices. The mulled wine spices  were very intense in smell and absolutely delicious in my mulled wine, the perfect winter drink.
Here is my Boxing Day Egg and Bacon Pie:
Boxing Day Egg and Bacon Pie:

Boxing Day Egg and Bacon Pie.

Dry ingredients.

Wet ingredients added.

Pastry rolled out

Filling for the pie.

Pie pre-bake.

Boxing Day pie baked

Inside my pie. 
Recipe for Boxing Day Egg and Bacon Pie can be found here 
Mulled wine spices

Ingredients in pan for mulled wine

Mulled wine heated 

Mulled wine laddled

Mulled wine
Mulled Wine, Recipe from How to Be A Domestic Goddess.
1 bottle of red wine
60 ml 4 tbsp dark rum
125ml Earl Grey tea
1 Orange, quartered, each quarter stuck with 1 clove
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
1 tbsp dark muscavodo sugar
1 tbsp honey

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring almost to the boil, but before the aromatic wine actually boils, turn down to the lowest possible heat and keep it warm as you paddle it into any nearby glass.

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  1. Wine glass (a large one though lol!)

  2. In a mug, as we have a range of ages and mugs are insulated a bit...

  3. Definitely in a mug, it will be a bit warm!

  4. a glass mug (like an irish coffee glass)

  5. Has to be a glass, just to make it a bit more special :)

  6. Mug, just seems cosier and more wintery xD

  7. Im a guy it has to be in a mug haha

  8. Wouldn't feel right if it wasn't in a wine glass :) xx

  9. In a mug
    Sheila Reeves @CakeReev

  10. in a mug im too clumsy to be trusted with hot liquid in a dainty glass

  11. Mugs take the risk out of a hot drink.

  12. Neither mug nor glass from which I will sup ,
    but will take mulled wine from a Wassailing Cup

  13. always a mug, im not classy enough for wine glasses ahaha

  14. Uncork. Sit back, relax and lift the bottle to my mouth

  15. Definitely a wine glass

  16. I love a mug of mulled wine :)

  17. I always serve mulled wine in a set of clear glass cup-style mugs

  18. mug - bought at christmas market in germany

  19. A nice glass mug type thing - I usually use them for Irish coffee, but they work great for mulled wine.

  20. a mug would love mulled wine glasses but not got any yet

  21. In a wine glass so that I can see it as well as smell and taste it.

  22. definately a nice wine glass

  23. In these nice coffee glasses I have.
    (sam fernley)

  24. A wine glass to feel all sophisticated lol

  25. in a glass I have mulled wine glasses


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