Odd Bins

A collection of bits and bobs from Carrie to you. Where you'll find extra's mentioned in her podcast, tips & tricks, recipes, and the occasional gem.


Jeremy's Mulled Christmas recipe recommendations:

Whether you choose ale, wine, or cider here's a fun holiday treat for you!

This recipe is mentioned in Carrie's chat with SA's Brand Guru Jeremy Sampson for their annual date in gearing up for the 2022 festive season.




A hot port recipe for Melanie Walker:

I didn't want to believe her, but Melanie insisted this is an Irish tradition. Here's one I found by Joby Catto. Please do share if you give this a bash. It sounds like the perfect excuse to curl up on a chilly evening!

You'll need:

  • a sliced lemon (pretty wheels please)
  • cloves
  • a bottle of ruby port
  • a pan (ideally one that can hold a fair bit of liquid)
  • glassware that can handle the heat
  • honey to taste

Here are the steps:

  1. Using thick, large glassware of choice for each person, half-fill the glass and pour this measurement into your pan. Add the same volume of water. 
  2. Heat on the stove until your mixture just starts to steam. Make sure it doesn't burn.
  3. While that's going, stud the lemon slice segments with cloves. We're using this for infusion - one wheel per glass.
  4. Rinse the serving glasses with boiled water from the kettle. This helps prep the glass, release aromas, and open up the flavour. 
  5. Pour your warmed port mixture into each glass. Then run the back of a teaspoon under some hot water. Using your hot spoon, add desired amount of honey to your glasses and stir. 
  6. Add in your fancy lemon wheel and enjoy!