Merry Post-Christmas, Pre-12th-Night, or some such wintery event! There’s six or eight different celestial bodies we could be referencing and 700 years of cultural drift, maybe we’re not late for Christmas? Anyway, HSD Author Pierce Fraser joins me to talk about some of the more prominent characters in the HSD world…

Episode #61 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Show Notes

My recipe for Wassail follows below this spoiler, one of my favorite recipes…

Traditional Wassail
Traditional Wassail 10 very small apples 1 large orange stuck with whole cloves 10 teaspoons brown sugar 2 bottles dry red wine or dry sherry 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground ginger 3 cloves (or more) 3 allspice berries (or more) 4-5 black peppercorns (optional) 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks 2 cups extra fine sugar (pulverize in blender) (Optional, pretty sweet already!) 12 to 20 pints of cider according to the number of guests 1 cup (or as much as you like) brandy Core the apples and fill each with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Place in a baking pan and cover the bottom with 1/8-inch of water. Insert cloves into the orange about 1/2″ apart. Bake the orange with the apples in a 350° oven. After about 30 minutes, remove from oven–save the water!–and puncture the orange in several places with a fork or an ice pick Combine the red wine, cider, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon, sugar, and juice from the baked fruit, in a large, heavy saucepan and heat slowly without letting the mixture come to a boil. Simmer on very low heat for 15 minutes. Strain the wine mixture and add the brandy. (Note: I typically just throw everything into a huge crock pot or steel cauldron on a burner, and ignore the straining step and metal punch bowl, but it depends on how festive you want to be.) Pour into a metal punch bowl, float the apples and orange on top and ladle hot into punch cups. Makes enough for 15-20 people.

For basically being hot apple juice, there’s a huge amount of tradition associated with wassail. Go figure!

More about the large 3D printer “on Mars,” which was perhaps less exciting as a news article than as a headline. 

Bored and in Austin on New Years? Join Whines and me at Stubb’s Barbeque for a night of furry crazy drag stuff 🙂 This is a fundraiser/awareness boost for Austin Furry Burlesque, a convention we’re launching in January 2021!

Show notes Coming soon…

With thanks to Sirius Beat for our intro music, “Future Club,” and outro music, “Tronicles.” Our fun, modular header art is by Absyfield , (Thank you Ashley!) and Whines is our audio engineer.