There’s that moment when you’re wandering through countless aisles of really nice food stuffs, Christmas gifts in a jar, themed homewares & really pretty things whilst gift shopping. You know those days?
Everything is lovely and shiny, very very new and often, very very expensive….
Sometimes, I see something that I really like and then my heart skips a beat, as I realise that very same thing I saw would be perfect for a friend or loved one too ;) That’s when the dreaded double bag syndrome happens and you return home with not one, but two cast iron pans. Not one, but two delicate boxes of handmade goats milk soaps…
Wait a minute, did you say handmade?
When was it last, that handmade was in fact, homemade?
I remember one Christmas many eons ago, (okay, not that many, but a few!) A friend our mine pulled out the most lovely package of freshly made coconut ice, they were pink, fluffy, packed with sugar and a teenage girls dream.
In fact I remember then, that it became a race to see who made the best chocolate truffles the next year, or peppermint slice, or indeed one friend who gifted us with bottles of Home brew Ginger Beer too!
The thing that I remember most about that time was not the gifts themselves, but the art of giving.
I’m no saint and I am very guilty of the impluse & quick buy, often!!! (That is precisely why, we have the full box set of Seinfeld episodes at home, that and no household is complete without one!)
Yes there will still be shop bought items as let’s face it, we mostly work, tend to our flocks (friends, families, furry pets,!)Sort out the extra lien for guests and (fingers crossed,) get more than a few days holidays. But… this festive season I have resolved to try. To Try and give a little of myself in each gift. To put my little ‘Food Frenzy’ stamp on those items and (fingers crossed,) time willing to make more and give more.
With the aid of this little recipe below, I encourage you to do the same. Relive that wonder again with the important people in your life and find a connection to both the meaning and not just things.
Spiced Ginger Cake Mix, (Christmas gift ideas.)
Spiced Ginger Cake (makes enough for 2 medium jars.)
Mixed Spice mix
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1.5 tbsp ground ginger
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 vanilla bean (split between jars)
1 & 1/2 cups Rye or Wholemeal or self raising flour.
(I used a mix of rye & buckwheat flour.)
1/2 cup of crumbled walnuts.
1 &1/2 tbsp Baking powder
1 cup Brown sugar
A pinch of salt.
Gift recipient to add
Pour batter into a greased & floured mould, bake at 180C (356F) for 20-25 mins, until done.
You’ll also need clean jars. Jar covers, string & labels & a pen.
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