I’ve been swallowed up by the exam revision black hole. I haven’t done anything but eat, sleep, work out and study for like 2 weeks. It’s kinda miserable. But everything is going to be amazing in a few short days because CHRISTMASSSS!!!!!*&^$!#$*!)!)&!
After my first exam, Geography, I took yesterday off to rejuvenate my mind and my body, because I just could not sit down and start studying again straight away. So yesterday was actually very enjoyable. I got in a great HIIT, shoulders and tris workout, went to a spa for a massage and facial (thank goodness for half price student Tuesdays!), then lounged and watched a Christmas movie.
Today I’m hittin’ the books again though. At least I only have two exams, I have that to be thankful for. My Sustainable Development exam is next Tuesday, and then I get to go home on Wednesday! Yeeeeeee! I can’t wait.
Anywho, I’m a fan of Apple Cider, but I couldn’t find any here in Scotland. Soooo I made my own! It’s really easy, especially if you have a Crockpot. This is true Apple Cider by the way, none of that “heat up some apple juice and add spices and voila” ish. This is the real deal. And all you really need in terms of equipment is a food processor or blender, and a fine mesh sieve. Cheese cloth is also helpful if you don’t want any pulp in your Cider. I like pulp. Spiking it with some Brandy or Rum isn’t a bad idea either 😉
Homemade Spiced Apple Cider
5-6 large apples
3 large cinnamon sticks
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ginger
Up to 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup (I only used about 3 Tbsp, and I still thought it was delicious, but some of you may like it a bit sweeter!)
1. Core and quarter the apples, and place in a crockpot or large pot on the stove with the spices.
2. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the apples (this should be pretty near to the brim of the pot).
3. If using a crockpot, let it brew on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8. If using a regular pot, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer with a lid on for 2 hours, then remove the lid and let it simmer a further 30 minutes.
4. Turn off your crockpot, or remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the honey or maple syrup while it’s still warm.
5. Let cool a bit, then pour the whole mixture into a blender or food processor (you may have to do this in two or three rounds). Blend/pulse until the fruit is pureed.
6. To strain, pour the cider through a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher. If you’d like a clearer cider, repeat the process with a layer of cheese cloth lining the sieve.
7. Serve warm or cold, garnished with orange slices or a cinnamon stick!