I’m starting to make my foodie gifts for Christmas and these whisky fruits and nuts are one of my favourite things to make and go down a treat with family and friends, especially my brother who would probably be happy with a hamper full of these and nothing else!
Flavoured vinegars are so useful, just a sash in a salad or even a fruit salad and it can make the most humble of ingredients sing and your taste buds dance with pleasure. This Raspberry and Thyme Vinegar is a great addition to your larder and perfect even as a drink!
Ah the zinginess of fresh lemons, they make my mouth water just thinking about them. While fresh lemons are great to have on hand for your G&T (a must!) or for cooking, preserved lemons are useful too and these lemons in oil are so handy to have in the larder.
Pickles, pickles, pickles, I just love preserving fruit and vegetables this way. These pickled carrots just sing of spring time and are the perfect addition to salads and sandwiches etc, just watch out Bugs Bunny doesn’t nick them first!
Savoury salt is a great addition to your store cupboard/larder and makes whipping up any meal a whole lot faster when your most basic seasoning already packs a punch of flavour. Although you can buy flavoured salts in the shop it is so much better to make your own.
Seasoning salts are all the rage these days and can be pretty pricey in the shops so why not make your own? My recipe for Mediterranean seasoning salt brings together all the gorgeous flavours of the Mediterranean with sea salt to make the perfect kitchen condiment to add to your cooking.
Mustard puts a bit of heat and spice into all sorts of things from your traditional Christmas baked ham to grilled cheese sandwiches and my Highlander Mustard is no exception. With a wee dash of whisky it will add that bit of Scottish style to your foodie gifts this Christmas.
This simple recipe for preserved garlic in oil is very much a French thing and an extremely useful thing to have around the kitchen for making all sorts of dishes. It makes a great foodie gift for Christmas too, perfect for those Christmas hampers.