As I look back on my 2013 holiday season, my taste buds start to come alive. I’ve savored new and old culinary traditions that I look forward to next season.

One new tradition is that of Marlene and Michael’s annual Gløgg Fest. Gløgg is a traditional mulled wine based on Marlene’s Nordic traditions that is very tasty. Here is a basic over view of the parts.

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Mull the wine on low heat with the designated spices, add raisins (soaked in wine) and nuts to a mug, add the mulled wine to your mug and enjoy responsibly.

Now for my tradition, Caribbean fruit cake aka black cake aka rum cake. It is popular during Christmas time and also served at weddings. This year I made it using rum instead of wine, a Christmas present for my brother.

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Here’s one version, you can make something similar by blending a combination of fruits in wine or rum and adding to a plain butter cake recipe made from scratch. I used prunes, dates, raisins and a little fruit cake mix. The more fruit mix you add the darker the cake will be.

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Traditions go beyond food. Because a New Year, 2014, is at hand, I figured celebrating traditions is one of my “intentions” for the coming year. Perhaps you’ll join me… revive an old family recipe, rekindle relationships, send out “snail mail” notes to brighten someone’s day.

Let’s make 2014 grand. Join me and #reviveyourlife

Until Next Time… Be Well,
Ben.ar.dett, Creator of Sénica Products

www.senicanaturals.com
Natural. Beautiful. You.

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