Christmas is edging ever closer, the excitement and craziness mounts and we’re having lots of fun making edible presents.
It’s become a tradition and let’s face it, something delicious to eat will be genuinely welcomed rather than yet another glittering bauble or scented candle destined for the re-gifting drawer.
This week I’m keeping my blurb to the minimum to allow for maximum space for recipes. There is no shortage of ideas for yummy edible presents.
Of course sweet, cute little macaroons, marshmallows, mini muffins, chocolate truffles are fine and delicious but I’ve had even more delighted responses to less evocative but gleefully received cartons of homemade soups, pasta sauces, stews, tagines… Add a tinsel bow and a sprig of holly or rosemary to give them a festive air.
Another busy young mum with four little ones keeps dropping hints about a couple of dozen simple fish cakes and chicken pie with no yucky mushrooms or green flecky bits in the potato topping, to make the kids go ‘yuck’ (parsley). Deliver them fresh or frozen.
They are super handy to have in a freezer as a standby at any time not to speak of over the crazy Christmas period – easy comforting food. We make the pies in little enamel dishes with either a puff pastry lid or fluffy mashed potato.
The dishes are useful for the rest of the year, so it doesn’t have to be an ‘all singing all dancing present’. Tubs of homemade soup are always received with delight, also great for older friends or those living alone not to speak of those in special need in our communities.
You’ll find all those recipes in my previous columns and books as well as a whole range of condiments. Buy lots of ribbon and luggage labels to add a festive look to your edible presents.
Here are some delicious frivolous recipes that we’ve been enjoying making.
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