Here’s a list of some Christmas gifts and some tasty Christmas treats!
Green & Blacks Tasting Collection contains a mixture of 12 different flavours which come with little tasting cards. The cards have facts and recipe suggests for you to try. The collection of 395g costs £10.99.
Mrs Crimble’s Large Cranberry Macaroons taste delicious and cost just £1.49.
Fox’s have a few different biscuit selection boxes – The Chocolate Edition, The Brandy Snaps Collection and Fox’s Wonders to name a few. The selection boxes cost between around £2 and £12.
Nudo have a range of Italian gift sets which are great for foodies. There are lots of different flavoured olive oils, panettone and you can even adopt an olive tree!
Chambord is a raspberry liqueur in a gorgeous bottle! You can get recipes for cocktails from the website as well. My favourite is the Chambord Royale:
Glass: Champagne Flute
Ingredients: 10ml Chambord, Cava or Prosecco, Raspberry for garnish
Method: Pour a splash (10ml) of Chambord into a champagne flute, top with your favourite fizz and add a succulent raspberry for decoration.
Captain Morgan’s Spiced is a rum which works well in a hot spiced Christmas punch!
If you haven’t already, why not pop over to enter my latest giveaway – Living Nature Soft Illuminating Tint.
So, yesterday was my very first attempt at making macaroons. I was not prepared at all but wanted a break from revision so found a recipe online and off I went. It wasn’t till after 5 minutes of beating the egg whites (by hand!) that I realised I didn’t have any caster sugar. I decided to make do with golden sugar and hope it did the same thing? I also didn’t have any butter to make the buttercream which sticks the two halves together.
I’ve never beaten egg whites until they are ‘stiff and glossy’ so had no idea that it would take as long as it did without an electric whisk! My arms got really sore so I gave up before they were stiff but they were glossy. I did my best to pipe them into neat little circles on the baking tray but unfortunately my mixture was far to runny due to the lack of whisking. Anyway, I bunged them in the oven for 10 minutes like the recipe said.
As soon as I took them out of the oven, most of them cracked on the top. The ones in the photo on the recipe are perfectly smooth so I’m not sure what went wrong. I’ve never actually had a macaroon so don’t know what they are supposed to taste like. Mine were crunchy on the outside but really gooey on the inside – I’m not entirely sure I cooked them for long enough. They tasted good though and were a pretty blue colour! I think I will try them again but will definitely need to invest in an electric whisk first!