You’ve still got time to make some edible Christmas presents!

Cover of "4 ingredients"Christmas day is less than 10 days away, but you’ve still got time to make some delicious edible presents…

If you are running short of time and you want some simple recipes with a short list of ingredients, try 4 ingredients. This handy little book contains a wide range of recipes for treats like chocolate or rum balls, fudge (the lime and macadamia fudge sounds particularly enticing), and biscuits, along with many other mouth watering goodies, so it is definitely a must read!

Homemade jams make a great present, but if you think that jam-making sounds too time consuming and messy, why not try making it in your microwave? ‘Bird of Paradise Pineapple Jam’ from Quick & easy one pot of jam from your microwave sounds absolutely divine with ingredients like pineapple, persimmon, apple, and lime. It is described as being deep orangey-pink in colour with a delicious taste, and apparently makes for ‘a lively addition to a cheese board…’ I haven’t made this myself yet, but it is on my (growing by the day) ‘to do’ list.

Cover of "Preserved"For those of you that have an abundant veggie or fruit garden you may be thinking of ways to turn your homegrown goodness into presents. If you’ve got oodles of lemons, for example, there are lots of options like: lemon cordial, lemon honey (an old favourite of mine), preserved lemons, or lemon oil.

Recipe books like Preserved will help you to turn your lemons into edible presents, but beware, it is easy to become quite distracted when you start leafing through the glossy pages of close-up photos of fig jam and oranges in brandy!

Using herbs from your garden to make a jar of pesto is another option you could try. If you have a large supply of parsley at the moment (like I do), just use a standard basil pesto recipe and replace the basil with parsley. Delicious!

So in the lead up to Christmas, why not put a few minutes aside and crank up your creative side?

2 thoughts on “You’ve still got time to make some edible Christmas presents!

  1. Laraine Barker 16 December 2011 / 9:58 am

    Some great ideas here. I used to make jam in my microwave (when I had one) and it sure is easier than the way I do it now (pressure cooker). The pressure cooker saves time only in the initial preparation of the fruit, especially citrus for marmalade. Once the sugar is added I have to stand constantly stirring with an extra-long wooden spoon, whereas in the microwave I remember going all the way up the drive to get the mail while the sugar and fruit bubbled away. These days my gifts at Christmas are mince pies and I’m afraid they are hugely time-consuming. I wouldn’t be able to make them if I didn’t have a 35 to 40-year-old Kenwood Chef and a Kenwood Gourmet food processor that’s not quite as old but old enough for it to have been made in New Zealand. The pies cost me about $5-6 a dozen to make just for the ingredients, but if you could buy ones like them in the shop they would be more like $20 a dozen.

    Anyone interested in trying my pies can find the recipe on my web site at

    • joccl 31 December 2011 / 3:36 pm

      Hi Laraine,
      Interesting to hear about your experiences with a pressure cooker – that sounds like hard work, but I am sure the end result is worth the effort. I must try out your mince pie recipe next year, I saw some other great recipes on your website too. Anyway, thanks for your comments and I hope you have a Happy New Year.

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