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Cinnamon sticks

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Nonu Sun 08-Dec-13 16:59:15

was chatting to friend this morning and she remarked how lovely her house smelt as she was baking her Christmas Cake.
I don"t do Christmas cakes TBH , too much faff for me . BUT I think it nice for folk who do .
Any way I suddenly thought of cinnamon sticks and their devine smell , so went we out to shops for his kippers , which he HAS to have on a Saturday morning . {bit whiffy but he enjoys them}, I bought some cinnamon sticks & cloves .
Came back and put them in a pan with a little water and simmered for about 30 mins. WHAT A LOVELY AROMA !
Daresay others have been doing it for yonks but just thought I would share !

tchsmile tchsmile

glammanana Sun 08-Dec-13 17:40:56

You are so right they give out a fab aroma don't they,when I was selling new houses the powers that be had instructions to all sales developments to add them to the mulled wine which we had on offer in the show homes to give it that welcoming feeling.Your house must smell yummy with the cinnermon sticks and the Yankee candles,I've got sprouts on the stove so the aroma here is something to be desired at present.tchwink

Nonu Sun 08-Dec-13 17:51:22

hey GLAM Cannot be like the aroma of mR N"S kippers of a Saturday morning !!

still we love "EM to bits don"t we ?tchgrin
p.s Husbands that is !

glammanana Sun 08-Dec-13 17:59:06

I know what you mean my chap is rather partial to kippers it stems from his childhood days on Isle of Man when his family had their own "smokie" so guess what was on the menu constantly ?

Nonu Sun 08-Dec-13 18:01:23

Oh Honey bunch what we gals have to put up with !!
Good job we are so kind hearted !!

feetlebaum Sun 08-Dec-13 19:02:01

Love a kipper... with a little marmalade...

Nonu Sun 08-Dec-13 19:14:07

WHAT !!! tchgrin

trendygran Sun 08-Dec-13 21:51:29

Try diffusing a chopped cinnamon stick in hot apple juice. Lovely drink on a cold day! Just as good with ginger or star anise instead of the cinnamon. Much cheaper to do it yourself than pay a lot in a well known coffee chain!

Nonu Sun 08-Dec-13 21:57:07

Thankyou * TRENDY* I will try that !

annodomini Sun 08-Dec-13 22:29:53

feetlebaum grin!

We used to buy and chew cinnamon sticks on the way to school. In the 'good old days'.

trendygran Sun 08-Dec-13 22:36:31

Think INFUSE would be a better idea than diffuse!

absent Sun 08-Dec-13 22:49:17

Small bundles of cinnamon sticks provide an extra Christmassy aroma in a spicy pot pourri. (Spicy as in vanilla, pine, etc. not as in curry.)

newist Sun 08-Dec-13 22:54:47

I recently bought some liquorice root, just to see if it is as good as I remember. It is.

Ariadne Mon 09-Dec-13 09:39:13

I love the smell of any cake cooking, but Chrsitmas cake, with all the fruit and spices and alcohol is the very best.

I do have some cinnamon leaf oil which, used judiciously, has the same sort of effect. Better than those dreadful "Christmas" candles any day.

AlieOxon Mon 09-Dec-13 09:51:43

I remember liquorice root - we called it 'Spanish Root'...

Ariadne Mon 09-Dec-13 12:05:31

Oh yes! And it went a sort of yellow colour when you'd chewed it a bit? There was a very hard licorice too, in little sticks...

AlieOxon Mon 09-Dec-13 13:11:38

How was it, newist?

newist Mon 09-Dec-13 14:04:42

Yes that seems to ring a distant bell "Spanish Root" it was just as I remembered it, I had long stringy bits after chewing it for a while tchsmile

newist Mon 09-Dec-13 14:06:09

We used to dip the hard liquorish sticks into lemonade powder

Soutra Mon 09-Dec-13 22:18:29

Going back to your point about kipper smells, Nonu, if you put the kippers or kipper fillets into a large lidded shallow saucepan/saute pan, pour freshly boiled water over to cover, put the lid on tightly and just leave for 7 minutes - do not cook further - they will be perfectly cooked and there is not the breath of an odour anywhere.

Agus Mon 09-Dec-13 22:36:12

I tried a licorice stick a couple of years ago and couldn't believe I used to actually enjoy them.

I remember one day at school, a few of us bought them, but one particular girl bought a few and actually finished them. It wasn't until we were back in class that they took effect!!! As you see, I have never forgotten that 'outcome' shock