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Christmas baking has taken my kitchen by storm, and I’ve already started testing recipes for preserves and chutneys to give as gifts. I’ve made red onion marmalade before, and it has always been very well received. A deliciously sweet, yet savoury preserve that is perfect in cheese sandwiches, or dolloped on your morning eggs.

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I can’t believe how simple it is to make Lemon Curd.  Last Christmas, we included small pots of lemon curd in our homemade Christmas Hampers and everyone loved it! Catherine (my Christmas foodie partner-in-crime) made the whole batch herself last year, and because I wasn’t there for the making (and because she calculated the amounts needed so well), I didn’t get to taste it at all!

This year, this had to change!

So while making big batches of Plum Apple Butter and Chilli Jam during our preserving frenzy last weekend, we made lemon curd! Lots and lots of lemon curd.

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Last weekend the Christmas Hamper cooking really kicked off. Catherine and I spent all day Saturday in the kitchen (her lovely, roomy bright kitchen) as we set about making many batches of Chilli Jam, Lemon Curd, and Plum Apple Butter for the Christmas hampers we are putting together for friends and family. Last year was our first attempt, and the baskets were so well received. We sourced the wicker baskets and cellophane wrap on eBay, collected jars of all shapes and sizes during the year, and printed our own labels to stick on the jars.

Even if you only try out one of our foodie gift ideas, it will make a really personal gift! It doesn’t have to be a hamper of lots of different things – to be honest, it only works out for us because there are two of us on the task. I could never manage all the work for it on my own! But if you stick to one or two things (maybe one preserve, which you make in advance, or some easy biscotti), a food gift can be a lovely token to bring along when you visit friends and family at Christmas. Preserves especially usually work out quite cheap to make, and seem so impressive all packaged up.

We found the Plum Apple Butter recipe on Kitchen Simplicity. (Note the fab kitchen renovation on the front page)

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Chilli Jam

This is a lovely recipe for a very versatile savoury jam. It’s essentially like a sweet chilli sauce in jam form. As this is my first batch, I went easy on the chillis to avoid having jars of poisonously spicy chutney going to waste, but really I was overly cautious. There is a subtle background heat from the chillis, but this could definitely be ramped up. I de-seeded the chillis but next time I’ll try leaving some seeds in. But even though this batch is more sweet than chilli-hot, two of the four jars I made have already been used to top cheese, roast chicken, omelettes, toast….eh everything we’ve eaten really. Not too shabby. 😉

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Homemade foodie treats make really great Christmas presents. My good friend, the great and fabulous Catherine, and I have decided to make little food hampers for friends and family this year and, with a bit of planning, this can be an inexpensive way to tick a few names of the buy-for list (and earn some kudos for your culinary skills!).

Chutneys really aren’t much effort to make and can be prepared well in advance of Christmas, or the week before if that’s all the time you have. Wash and keep any suitable jars you come across during the year – smaller is better in this case. If the jars are big, you are just making work for yourself! A quick search of eBay will give you all you need: plastic covers for the jars (and rubber bands to hold them in place), squares of coloured gingham and some rafia twine (or ribbon or whatever you can get your hands on). We printed our own labels, but you can easily buy plain or christmassy labels for your gifts. The recipe I used here is Nigella Lawson’s from How to be a Domestic Goddess.

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