Gluhwein is German (and/or Austrian) mulled wine. It is named after the hot iron rods originally used to mull the wine (“glow wine”), and is commonly enjoyed during the holiday season. It is everywhere here.
I first encountered Gluhwein several weeks back, while my partner and I were shopping at a massive farmer’s market in the Limpertsberg neighborhood of Luxembourg City. I then encountered it again (several times in the same evening, in fact) at one of the many Christmas markets here.
When I eat or drink something I like, I usually obsess about it until I have figured out how best to make it at home. So I did just that. I looked up several recipes online, but finally just developed my own based on ease and spice availability. I served it for a dinner party recently, and it was enjoyed by all, so I will share it here (if it had induced vomiting at the party, I wouldn’t be mentioning it).
It is surprisingly easy and can be made quickly at home.
I’ve spent the last couple of days throwing around my share of heated words on Facebook and Twitter. Some of it has been diplomatic; most of it hasn’t. Mostly, I’ve grown impatient with the Left’s diplomacy. I feel that the United States has been pushed so far to the Right by extremists that the Left has been pulled to the middle. This forces the Left to lead with diplomacy and compromise right out of the gate instead of starting negotiations based on ideology (as conservatives do) and then working their way to the compromise. I could give examples of this all day (the healthcare debate is a great example), but that argument is for another time.
I am dealing specifically with the Connecticut massacre, U.S. killing sprees, and gun control here; I will keep my arguments relevant to those issues.
So this is a continuation of the conversation I cut and pasted into my previous post, Out of the Republican Closet: A Response. The conversation delves further into this homophobic douchebag’s delusions of grandeur. I am not mentioning his name this time. Not because I want to protect him, but because I want to minimize any traffic he gets to his blog. Here is our continued exchange, uncensored except for where I corrected some of my typos:
Out of the Republican Closet.
I haven’t made much of an attempt online in recent years to argue the morality of homosexuality. After years of dealing with hateful bigots, I decided instead to cut them out of my life and disengage. Hate is illogical and can’t be reasoned with. But this one set me off and I responded to it.
I am posting my response here, as the author of that blog will most certainly delete my response from his page (funny how facts and common sense are usually censored by narrow-minded bigoted assholes).
I now have a new top 10 Christmas memory (I’d say favorite, but that seems premature): walking around with my partner, in the snow, at the Christmas market here in Luxembourg City Center. I know I tend towards cynical sarcasm at times, but here I am being utterly sincere. It is too beautiful for words. So here are the photos instead:
I think this is one of my new favorites. It is quick and easy to make, very healthy, and really delicious. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can leave out the salmon and just have the salad, or fry up some tofu with a splash of lemon and top with that.
*Recipe serves 4.
I hope I’ve proven so far that it is possible to tweak recipes and make them healthier/animal product free without sacrificing flavor. If these recipes weren’t tasty, I wouldn’t put them out there. I just made this one last night, and it is pretty awesome. Chocolate + banana = party in my mouth. I am going to try incorporating peanut butter next time, as soon as I find a decent brand here (they seem to have banned the product in Europe for some reason, though Nutella is everywhere). Chocolate + banana + peanut butter = treat that fat Elvis would have loved. Anyway…