Smoking Bishop?

smoking_bishopIn case you were concerned, I survived last night’s annual drag-the-husbands-to-the-ladies’-book-club event. It was like being at a massive festival of food and drink except that the occasional book discussion broke out. We were charged with reading Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which I dutifully did, unlike most of the other husbands and a few of the women. I am such a nerd. I thought people actually read the book assigned for book group.

I actually really enjoyed it. Everyone knows the story, everyone’s seen the play or the movie, but like many people I’d never actually read it. Good stuff.

After Scrooge has his conversion experience, the book ends with the following line:

“A Merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavor to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon over a bowl of Smoking Bishop, Bob!”

What is Smoking Bishop you ask? It’s a drink so named for it’s purple color (brought about by red wine and port) and the fact that it’s served warm. Here’s a recipe to add to your Christmas cheer:

Smoking Bishop

5 unpeeled oranges
1 unpeeled grapefruit
36 cloves
1/4 pound of sugar
2 bottles of red wine
1 bottle of port
Wash the fruit and oven bake until brownish. Turn once. Put fruit into a warmed earthenware bowl with six cloves stuck into each. Add sugar and pour in wine — NOT the port. Cover and leave in a warm place for a day. Squeeze the fruit into the wine and strain. Add the port and heat. Do not boil! Serve “smoking” warm. Yield: 15 to 20 servings (serve in small wine glasses).
Don’t feel inclined to make it but still want to partake? If you’re local (to me) plan to attend this Sunday’s Landmark Churches service of Advent Lessons & Carols. 4:00 pm at Trinity Church, Ossining. Reception featuring “Smoking Bishop” to follow.


3 Comments on “Smoking Bishop?”

  1. Good Lord, Tim…are you offering insulin shots and designated drivers with that Smokin’ Bishop?!?

  2. Emily says:

    How funny, I was just wondering what “smoking bishop” was after a Dickens post on another blog (albeit one dedicated to knitting). Well, ask and ye shall receive!

    It sounds like a good recipe to calm down a “smoking” bishop, either way.

  3. Father Tim says:

    It should be noted that “Smokin’ Bishop” (as Meredith calls it) has nothing to do with the bishop’s cope catching fire at the Easter Vigil.

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