Christmas nostalgia: pomanders

I have fond memories making these beautiful foodie decorations in the run up to Christmas, I think my mum set me to task so she could have peace to make the Christmas pudding.

Choose a number of thick-skinned oranges. Roll the fruit in your hands for a couple of minutes to soften the skin. Using a skewer or knitting needle, prick a design on the oranges. Push a clove into each hole. Mix one tablespoon of nutmeg with one tablespoon of allspice and roll your clove-studded oranges in the spices. Place in a paper bag and store in a dry place such as an airing cupboard for three weeks. Once the oranges are firm, shake off any excess spices and arrange in a bowl or glass vase.

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