Re: Solutions. 2014

Every end of the year, as the first of January creeps closer, humanity starts wrapping up the past year in their heads, whilst planning out the coming year. Some with excitement, others with sadness, remorse, and many, if not most, to no avail.

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So this year, as 2014 approaches with glee, I will welcome it with a themed series of articles, and the theme will be Solutions.

Hopefully these solutions will help in your day-to-day lives, from small events to large issues; from frets to socio-political issues. It will be on whatever is on my mind, triggered by personal experiences, or current affairs. Hopefully, there will be little that will be barred.

To kick us off, here’s a fun taster article to help us enjoy this holiday season, with the solution for making a good mulled wine!

Svařák – Czech recipe

1 bottle red wine
100 ml water
200 ml dark rum
40 g sugar
3 tablespoons honey
2 cinnamon sticks
3 cloves
1/2 orange
1/2 lemon

Combine water, sugar, and the pieces in a saucepan. Heat and reduce to a syrup. Add red wine, fruit, and rum, then simmer gently for 30 minutes, ensuring it doesn’t boil. 5 minutes before end, add honey.

This recipe was tried and tested with great success. If you enjoy having more edible fruits in your mulled wine, just dad a small punnet of blueberries.


And keep an eye out for more Solutions from the New Year!


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