On the first day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
A jar of apple chutney…
Christmas is getting scarily close but it’s not too late to cook and share some Christmas cheer with family, friends and work mates (except that one work colleague who thinks bought is better than made. They’re getting a box of ‘choc’ seashells from the supermarket).
Really though, who doesn’t love a homemade basket of goodies? A jar of something made with care? No one – that’s who! Most of these recipes can be done at the last minute (like 10pm the night before school breakup), when time is short and the spirit is flagging. Nothing particularly complex here. Turn on the stove, pour yourself a big glass of festive cheer and get cooking.
- Bengal Apple Chutney – an old favourite. Easy to make and a very flexible recipe. Make some for gifts and some for the cheeseboard over the coming weeks.
- Crunchy Granola – make a huge batch of this and all your present woes will be solved. Pack into mason jars or brown paper bags with twine and gift tags.
- Butterscotch Brazil Nuts – made in the microwave. Just because I don’t have a kitchen at the moment, doesn’t mean I can’t make homemade gifts…. What’s your excuse?
- Peanut Butter Builder’s Biscuits – something to make with the kids. Quick to make, quick to eat.
- Coconut Macaroons – these are not the French style macarons you see at every market and coffee shop. These are good old fashioned macaroons that you see at local school fetes.
- Merry Bliss-mas Bliss Balls – there’s always going to be one ‘clean eater’ in the ranks. Easy to make Bliss Balls are a perfect alternative to Rum Balls.