Wednesday, 21 December 2011

THE BOX OF DELIGHTS - How To Make A Posset!


A favourite part of the Yuletide festivities here at Hypnogoria Towers is revisiting The Box of Delights, both as the original novel by John Masefield and the 1980s BBC Television six part adaptation. Indeed Last Christmas, I waxed lyrical about this seasonal classic for the Christmas edition of Hypnobobs.

 It is a truly magical tale and a well named one too! For as well as old magic and lashings of snow, it contains a marvellous recipe recounted by the Police Inspector at Condicotes, han hofficer of the law who habitually hads hextra aitches hall over the place! Hand, I mean, and, over the last few years as the cold and frosty nights have come, I have greatly enjoyed this vintage nightcap, the wondrous posset! 

But what I hear you cry is a posset! Well, I shall hand you hover, I mean over, to the Hinspector...



But you young folks in this generation, you don't know what a posset is. Well a posset," said the Inspector, "is a jorum of hot milk; and in that hot milk, Master Kay, you put a hegg, and you put a spoonful of treacle, and you put a grating of nutmeg, and you stir 'em well up, and you get into bed and then you take 'em down hot. And a posset like that, taken overnight will make a new man of you!

Now then, if you were wondering 'a jourm' is is a large bow, often with handles, for drinking out! Now if you don;t have jorum, an ordinary sturdy mug will do! 

Furthermore, if you prefer you may replace the treacle with brown sugar or golden syrup, depending upon your taste. I also like to add a generous dash of cinnamon for that extra Christmasy flavour! And I can personally attest to the revitalising powers the Hinspector refers to! 




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that! Been looking for the recipe for ages!

RaphaeliteGirl said...

Haha! Lovely 😄 I have heard tell that lemon in it is also delicious...

Master Harker said...

Keep forgetting to make my own posset, must try it! Have you noticed though, in the TV version of Box of Delights, Kay has a really creepy nightmare straight after sinking his posset! Wonder if he woke up feeling a new man or not after that! :)