As I sit up, waiting for Virgo to get back from a political meeting (yes, at this hour on Christmas Eve, then again, he made it for lunch so I can't blame him), I'm loving the sounds of the UK Christmas number one and thought I'd be generous enough to give you a Christmas recipe as my Credit Crunch savvy gift to you all.
Mulled Wine (a jug full)
2 liters red wine
1-2 tablespoons cinnamon
heaped tablespoon of grated ginger
100 ml sugar
Put the wine in a pan to boil. Grind/crush the whole cloves as fine as possible using a pestle and mortar (note: NOT what is used to pound fufu!).
Add the cloves, cinnamon, ginger and sugar to the wine and bring to boil.
Leave to simmer for at least ten minutes. Add any extra spices as necessary to create what you consider the best tasting mulled wine.
Non-alcoholic version: use red grape juice instead of wine. Halve, or completely leave out the sugar. Simmer for at least 20 minutes and add spices as necessary.
Serve in small cups with raisins or almonds as optional toppings to be sprinkled into the drink to add further flavour.