When the wind is howling outside, it’s great to have a nice hot drink warm you up. During the Middle Ages, cider was a common drink up here in the cold lands of the north. People thought that all meals should start with something sweet in order to stimulate the digestion. Unlike apples, honey was expensive in medieval times and it was used for everything from preserving food to making fruit juices.
St. Lucia’s Day on December 13 is one of the few old saints days that are still celebrated in Norway (saints are usually not celebrated in Norwegian Protestantism). The day was once thought to be the shortest day of the year. It is celebrated with saffron cakes and processions in schools and kindergartens. I made this warming, saffron-infused, hot chocolate for some freezing kids.