Christmas Foodie Gifts 2010

Gifts | 30th December 2010 | By

Every year, I have grand plans of giving lots of home made foodie gifts to my friends and family.  I do usually manage something, but time is rarely on my side and I never create the bounteous hampers that I intend. This year, I still didn’t manage it, but I did do better than I have done in previous years. I will be posting some of the recipes up over the next few weeks, but meanwhile, here is what I did:


Candied Orange PeelCandied orange peel dipped in chocolate from Black Book Kitchen Diaries

Dan Lepard’s salted oat crackers (which I only tweeked a bit). To go with the crackers, I bought some St Alet cheese – a local hard goat’s cheese that’s won lots of awards. We are very lucky in our part of the country and not only have lots of really good local cheeses, but several that have won major awards.
Chocolate Hazelnut  & Orange Biscotti – from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
Sloe Gin
Ginger & Orange Cupcakes adapted from the Primrose Bakery
Suelle’s cocoa nib and pistachio shortbread
Cranberry orange and redcurrant sauce.
Ginger plain and milk chocolates
As well as cookbooks and chocolate, I was lucky enough to receive some very delicious home made orange brandy truffles, ginger biscotti, cashew nut amaretti, damson liqueur and some Breton grey sea salt.
What home made goodies did you make or receive?


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    Please Do Not Feed The Animals.
    30th December 2010

    Oh we are so on the same wavelength. I was going to do Dan Lepard’s salted oat biscuits, some biscotti and some chocolates too but I ran out of time.
    All your containers are so pretty.
    I’ll pop back for ideas next year. Can’t wait to do it all again!!!

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    30th December 2010

    Goodness Choc, if this is what you make when you run out of time, I’d love to see what you could do with a week or two off! 🙂 It all looks magnificent, as always. Thanks for the shout-out!

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    Laura Nickoll
    31st December 2010

    These are beautiful foodie gifts, I hope they were much appreciated! I too made candied peel, but cut it a bit too thin – yours looks lovely. I’ll have to try the Black Book Kitchen Diaries recipe next time.

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    Gill the Painter
    31st December 2010

    You are very clever, and just look at those goodies you make.

    I made Dan’s oatcakes but they were for our own consumption.

    Keep up the baking! And a Happy New Year.

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    31st December 2010

    I’m impressed, I think you did pretty well on the home-made gift front!

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    31st December 2010

    Lucky people! I think you did really well on the home made gift front, the list must have been massive!

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    31st December 2010

    Gorgeous, lucky, lucky friends. I ran out of time completely- as usual! x

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    31st December 2010

    What lucky friends you have. I’m sure they appreciate your efforts – and only you know how much you intended to put in the hampers!

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    31st December 2010

    What a wonderful selection. I particularly love the idea of candied orange dipped in chocolate.

    What did I make? White Christmas Slices (on my site) and Nigella’s Salty and Sweet Peanut crunch bars which lots of people have been talking about(from the new Nigella Kitchen programme & book) plus the usual cake and mountain of mince pies. Illness has prevented me from being more adventurous this year, sadly. The big hit in our house this year have been the pickles made for Christmas back in the Autumn – the Pickled Pears (also on my site) were especially popular. I am thinking of starting extra early next year to make lots as gifts (if I can get organised, that is!)

    A very Happy New Year to you, Choclette. Looking forward to more inspiration from you in the coming months …!

    ‘Meanderings through my Cookbook’

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    31st December 2010

    Everything looks so marvellous and I am sure your edible gifts were appreciated.

    Happy New Year to you.

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    Greedy Rosie
    1st January 2011

    Wow, I am so envious of your talents. I managed to make some homemade sos. rolls for guests, that was it, really.

    Happy New Year!

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    2nd January 2011

    such amazing efforts… you have very lucky friends… I just need about 45 weeks of planning time to get myself sorted! Happy New Year to you and yours xx Dom

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    2nd January 2011

    Happy New Year All and thanks for the good wishes and lovely comments.

    Thanks Louise – thought you did some great things too.

    Celia – it is such fun. More time would be great 🙂

    Laura – I was really pleased with the flavour and look of the peel, but I did over dry them, so they were a bit chewy!

    Gill – yes I saw yours and they looked a lot better than mine. But they did taste good.

    Thanks Janice

    Chele – I’m sure you are the same – I have never ending lists.

    Kath – you weren’t well. If only we could save up a bit of time for when we really needed it – an annual allowance would be good 😉

    Suelle – thank you. It’s true anything one makes is generally appreciated.

    Hopeeternal – I was very taken with your pickled pears – lovely idea. Do hope you are well now.

    Thanks MangoCheeks

    Torview – shame about the dates, but I bet they were good.

    Rosie – I bet your rolls were much appreciated.

    Dom – yeah, think that’s what I need too 😉

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    2nd January 2011

    Oh my gosh, your efforts put mine to shame (my pressie efforts).

    I made biscotti too and couldn’t believe how time consuming and delicate they were.


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    Baking Addict
    3rd January 2011

    Wow these look amazing. I have great plans but they never turn out! Last year I made lots of cookies, cupcakes and gingrbreadmen but this year I only managed a few cupcakes. oh well, there’s always next year! Happy New year!

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    Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)
    3rd January 2011

    You’re so sweet to give these sweets away to your loved ones. (Damn if only I lived near you!)

    I made some Christmas biscuits, chutney and rum balls in a hamper for some friends. I think I’ll call on some of your festive recipes in the future.

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    3rd January 2011

    They all look fantastic Choclette! I made a few goodies and received a whole heap too. Actually quite a lot, I should be well kept until at least February.

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    3rd January 2011

    CC- thanks, I love that colour too.

    Garlutti – thank you

    Buttaz – Haven’t checked yours out yet, but I’m sure they are lovely. I always find everything takes me much longer than I expect 🙁

    Baking Addict – thanks. Thank goodness there is always another year to look forward too 🙂

    Brittany – your hampers sound lovely

    CityHippy – I’m envious of all your Christmas treats but I’m sure you are enjoying them 😉

    Sushma – thank you very much and the same to you

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