I’m participating in the ‘Scents of the Season’ celebration today with these fabulous bloggers. . .
So let’s talk scents.
What does Christmas smell like to you?
I guess it depends a lot on where you live, the season you are having and your specific memories of Christmas.
For me, the scent of pine and cinnamon always make me think of Christmas.
The pine smell I’m sure tracks back to my childhood when we had a real Christmas tree. . . it was the norm back in the 60’s and 70’s.
These days, having a real tree for Christmas in the middle of summer is not ideal. The tree fairly quickly wilts and loses all of its needles and looks pretty crusty long before Christmas day rolls around.
A kitchen full of the heady scent of cinnamon and baking spices takes me back to those early childhood days of sitting on a stool watching the women of my family baking Christmas cakes and puddings full of exotic smelling spices.
My nan was notorious for her ‘plum duff’ which was an extra large pudding, wrapped in calico and cooked all day outside in the copper. I remember waiting patiently for my turn to turn the wooden spoon, but the mixture was always too heavy for me to stir.
Now that I have a home of my own, I like to scent it at Christmas with a ‘special blend’ of what Christmas smells like to me. . . home baking, cooking spices, dried fruits and gingerbread.
Another way to further enhance that scent is with a simmer pot of my Christmas spices, which is quite nice when friends are visiting.
Here’s the recipe I use, but you can adapt it to suit your own taste. . .
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 lemon slices, fresh or 2 tablespoons dried lemon peel
- 2 tablespoons orange peel or dried orange peel
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 litre water.
- Mix all ingredients in either a medium saucepan or a slow cooker and simmer on low heat, Add more water as required.
For more ‘Scents of the Season’, please visit these lovely blogs.