Christmas – “spirit”

Today is a beautiful day here in the south of Sweden. The temperature has been around 12º C and not so windy and the sky has been blue. Days like this are very rare this time of year.  So we have been fed lots of new energy  into our bodies for the months that wait ahead.

But even so it time to get into the Christmas spirit. So I was thinking of giving you some more ideas for christmas “eatable” gifts and a few recipes for christmas sweets.

Christmas Gift  = buy a 1 liter of a good  virgin olive oil.

“Oliv oil with rosemary”

  • Find a nice  1/2 liter bottle
  • 1 twig of fresh rosemary (do not rinse in water)
  • 3 garlic gloves peeled but left whole

Put the twig of rosemary in the clean dry bottle and add the garlic gloves. Pour over the olive oil. Seal with a cork. Take a nice  piece of string and write a personal label, tie around the neck of the bottle. Leave to stand for at least a week. It’s ready to give away a  Christmas gift.

“Olive oil with lemon rind and rose pepper”

  • Find a nice 1/2 liter bottle
  • Rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbls of rose peppers

Put the rind and rose peppers in to bottle. Pour over the olive oil. Leave to stand for 1 week. Take out the lemon rind (it can turn bitter if left in longer). Find the string and nice label. Write our personal words and your give away is ready.

Christmas sweets

“Gingerbread truffles”

  • 1 cup of cream
  • 25 gr unsalted butter
  • 125 gr dark chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder
  • cocoa powder

Bring the cream to boil and turn the stove off. Add butter and chocolate. Leave until all has melted. Stir in the cardamom and cinnamon. Put in the fridge and leave until its almost set. Take out and with a teaspoon make small ball shapes. Dust over cocoa powder. Put into nice glass bowl and serve. If you are planning to give these delicious sweets as a gift, then find a nice little box and line with silk paper and wrap in celofan. You can sprinkle some vermicelli over the truffles for a nice effect.


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