Sometime, when I wasn’t looking, Christmas crept up on us again. This year it hid its tracks well by not bringing the cold weather we’re used to; regardless, its appearance is always welcome in our house.
The spirit of Christmas is, in my opinion, invoked by the familiar smells of cinnamon, cloves, mulled wine and oranges. I’ve already filled myself with copious amounts of eggnog, so it seems only right we try and enhance the seasonality even further. One of the things we bought this year was a dehydrator, and while we’ve dabbled with dried rosehips we decided that dried oranges would be perfect for this time of year.
Dried oranges make the house smell absolutely delicious; intense during the drying process and a lingering seasonality thereafter. They can be hung on the tree as decorations or just eaten as they are; I expect they’d be even more delicious dipped into melted dark chocolate.
I started by washing the oranges and then slicing into 0.5cm thick slices; the smaller slices I put towards the top of the dehydrator (figuring they’d dry quicker). I set the temperature to 55 degrees and in approximately 24 hours (with the occasional turn / tray swap) they were done.
We’re now jetting off to Poland to enjoy what will be Mia’s first Polish Christmas. Make sure to enjoy yours, too, wherever you happen to be.