I have worked on umpteen shoots this year revolving around the theme of Edible Christmas Gifts, I guess it’s recession friendly and pretty fun to get stuck into. One thing worth bearing in mind is that some of it takes a little pre-thought and planning. So here I am furthering the hypocrisy of the last post by shoving some more Christmas related goodies down your cyber-waves. Here are a few ideas that could work as Christmas presents then nearer to the time you could get to work on fudges / toffees / biscuits and the likes. All you need to do is wrap them up in nice little boxes / bottles / jars and tie some pretty ribbons on and hey presto, a bunch of edible Christmas Presents.
Infused Gins / Vodkas - you could use anything from damsons to sloes to satsumas – I think I even remember someone at university making a Skittles vodka (however I don’t recommend this).Flavoured Oils - this link is to basil oil, but you could equally do it with chillies, rosemary, garlic, mint or what ever the lucky recipient likes!
Spiced Nuts - delicious and simple
Flavoured Vinegars -similar to the oils and equally versatile. They add a really great flavour to salad dressings and the likes.
Crab Apple Jelly - i’m not sure there are many crab apples left out there, but there are plenty of other things you can make delicious jellies from (normal apples for a start) and I guess you could get into a bit of jam making too.
Spiced Apple Chutney - any old chutney makes a delicious present.