This recipe serves approximately 6 to 8 people.


1 cinnamon stick

1 sliced orange (including peel, preferably organic)

1 sliced lemon (including peel, preferably organic)

4 allspice berries

1 bottle of red wine (1.25 pints/750ml)

1 cup of water

2 teaspoons of ground ginger

2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg

100g caster sugar, or to taste


  1. Place the spices and sliced fruit into a large saucepan, add the wine and water.

  2. Heat gently on a low heat for approximately 15 minutes to infuse the flavours into the wine.  Do not allow to boil or overheat because this makes the alcohol evaporate. If it isn’t sweet enough for you, add the desired amount of sugar and stir until dissolved.

  3. Strain and ladle into cups or heat-proof glasses. Alternatively make ahead of time and re-heat gently just before serving.

If you prefer a non-alcoholic version substitute the wine for apple and orange juice.

If you don’t have time or can’t be bothered with all that, you can buy a pack of ready-made organic mulling spices from any of the following stockists:


Basil Pesto

November 20, 2008

I’ve been busy writing a basil article and taking photos for my contribution to a book being published by Black Dog Publications and thought I’d share some of the photos so far.


Ingredients: basil, olive oil, pecorino cheese, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper


Roughly chopped


After gradually adding the olive oil


Hey pesto! (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Looks almost luminous doesn’t it, tastes delicious though. Will have it later with baked potato. Yum.

It also tastes good with chicken, pasta, tomatoes, fish or salad.

For another great pesto recipe, see the forum post from ‘sunflowerherbfarm’ under ‘recipe exchange’ or click here if you prefer video.

Anyone else have any variations/favourite recipes?  Feel free to leave a comment below or add your recipe on the forum.


John and Kimberly Gallagher of are offering a free ebook ‘Herbal Remedies for the Cold and Flu Season’; a 25 page eBook by Rosalee de la Foret.  You can get it for free by joining their Wildcraft Celebration by visiting this page.

You’ll also see a recipe for licorice honey cough syrup there with step by step photos and descriptions showing you how to make your own.

There is also a free tele-class on the 20th November all about herbal remedies for the cold and flu season.  To receive the book and register for the tele-class hop over to this page.

To find out all about the new greener version of the Wildcraft game that’s coming out soon, click the image below.

It’s a great game that teaches you about 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses plus how to work as a team, both my daughters enjoy playing it although they are over 5 years apart in age at 5 and 11 years old.

Wildcraft Board Game