I love Christmas for me its all about food. Each year we get together with friends and family to eat, not so much swapping of presents just recipes and where did you get that from. We love to eat and so do our friends and family we are very lucky.
Claire from Claire K Creations has organised a bunch of us bloggy folk to do secret Santa this year, it’s a fab idea, I have sent out my goodies to three lucky people and in return I will get three Christmas packages in the post. I am looking forward to seeing what I receive.
I made homegrown bread and butter pickles which you can get the recipe HERE and dukka. I have never made dukka before and my hubby keeps asking me to get more and since most of the time when I go to buy some I can’t justify spending $10 on a tiny jar of the stuff. I thought it best to start experimenting and make my own version. At Christmas time we have a lot of platters of food, not so much a sit down meal but lashings of cheese, cured meats, pickles, chutneys and this year olive oil and homemade dukka. I wanted to give a gift that could easily be put out on the table and eaten up over Christmas, mind you those pickles may not last very long.
- ¾ cup (100g) Hazelnuts
- ¾ cup (100g) Pistachios
- ½ cup (80g) Almonds
- 3//4 cup sesame seeds
- ⅓ cup coriander seeds
- ¼ cup cumin seeds
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Toast the nuts either in a frypan over a medium heat or in the oven. Toast the seeds with the salt and pepper till fragrant.
- Combine the nuts and seeds and spices into a blender and blitz in short bursts until the desired consistency is achieved for the dukka. I like mine a little rough.
Two of my pressies came last week. One was a gift box of three incredible goodies, choco – walnut balls, caramel and the cutest sugar biscuits. The other which I am really looking forward to trying is the chilli lime crumb. Being pregnant I have just rediscovered my love of watermelon and apparently I should dunk some in the crumb – sounds delicious, will be on the christmas table this year.
For more other great ideas for Christmas gifts that you can send in the post pop over to Claire K Creations and check out what others have made.