Not being a practised crafter, my home-made Christmas presents are almost always of an edible nature. It’s a little later than I’d planned, but I finally got started today …
My preparations didn’t actually start in the kitchen, however. First, I need to get some supplies in. Ideally, I should have done this last month, but isn’t time flying?
Yes, I know in an ideal world I’d be crafting family recipes passed down by buxom great-grannies, but we’ve already agreed it isn’t an ideal world, right? – and I have that Nigella one to draw upon. Whatever you make of her, (personally, I find her TV persona dreadfully uncomfortable, but her writing style quite lively and amusing) she pulls together a great selection of edible gift ideas in her Nigella Christmas book.
Last year’s Chilli Jam was such a huge success, I’ll be recreating that this Yule, and adding to it Spiced Christmas Salt; Cranberry and Apple Chutney; Christmas Ketchup, Winter Spiced Vodka and my own Beetroot Chutney.
Closer to the time, I’ll get baking some sparkly cupcakes and the like, but with around only 40 days to go, I must concentrate on the preserves…
So the first thing I did today was spend my money online. Without fail, a pleasurable experience, some of goods have already been dispatched. Don’tcha love the interwebs?
Here’s where I went. Do let me know if you’ve any alternative recommended stockists.
Ribbon Oasis : for beautiful ribbons to tie around my presentation jars
Jane Asher : for special baking toppings and presentation boxes and wrap
Lakeland : for preserving jars and bottles
Seasoned Pioneers : for organic spices
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