I made a bunch of sweets that I plan to give away, and I used most of the marbled papers I made this summer to package them in (finally putting them to good use), but will hold of with sharing recipes until I’ve gotten some feedback. A few suggestions for kitchen-related goodies until then.
- Pretty much anything Le creuset. I’ve been given big pots which make cooking a joy and these small pots for cooking and serving have made messing about in the kitchen a lot more fun lately. The small ones doesn’t cost too much. Also their pepper mills,cups,mugs and jugs will never go out of style and bring cheer to any kitchen.
- Life is meals by James and Kay Salter was published in 2006 but it is a gem and a good present for any food lover. Basically every day of the year has an entry with a recipe or a story behind something food related. It’s great to browse when waiting for the kettle. If you know the recipients taste and what they have on their shelves already a cookbook is a good present, it feels like a million is published every year and some of them are good. I got a subscription to a food magazine one year and that is also something to consider.
- Nice jars and tins filled with jams and teas. Homemade sugars,infused vinegars and oils. All those things that put the dot on the i in the kitchen. Going to flea markets and buying old tea tins, giving them a good wash and adding a nice tea or coffee means a thing to save and a thing to savor. I also make my own marmalade and give away. This year I ended up making one with a bit of vanilla. This one doesn’t last as long as commercially bought, only for about 6 weeks kept in the fridge, so I give away small jars to be used up more or less during the holidays. Maybe in combination with some of my orange liqueur and a packet of good quality cinnamon sticks.
1 kg of oranges
6 dl of jam-sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
- Wash the oranges and peel half of them( I used leftover oranges after making liqueur), chop all of them up and try to remove as many pips as possible.
- Mix the oranges,sugar and vanilla sugar in a food processor or in a big pot using a hand mixer.
- Bring to the boil and then lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Put into sterilized jars and let cool before screwing on the lid.
If you have another recipe that you prefer by all means do it. This one has the perk of being very easy.