24 Nov A day of industry in Cawood’s Crafty Kitchen.
Blimey, I’ve been in my kitchen all day making bits and pieces for Christmas pressies. I’ve made some peppermint bark (with limited success: I’ve discovered I’m no good at drizzling chocolate, I must practice with the next batch and I also discovered to deep angst that is chocolate seizing)
I made some candy cane vodka (following a recipe I found in a magazine last year and saved). Not enough sugar for my liking so I added a load and put more candy cane dust in too and now I have something resembling Pepto Bismol. It tastes OK though: sweetly, medicinally minty* I’m not sure what I’m going to do to make it Gift-able. I will try some different things. Hopefully the £12 I spent putting it together won’t be wasted.
I’ve also done a second pour on my teacup candles (although they’re still dipping in the middle so may have to do a third pour). I also made some red onion chutney following a recipe I saved from last year. Again, it was rubbish! I ended up adding a load of soft, brown sugar, some roasted garlic and some chilli. I then reduced it right down and it’s really quite yummy. With a cracker and a sharp, mature cheddar at Christmas, it’ll be delish. I will make up some little hampers with homemade cheese crackers and a truckle of cheese.
Recipes (my modified ones) and photos are below and in my recipes section here in case you fancy having a go at any of these yourself.
Next on the agenda is piccalilly, some more chutney and lots of different flavoured shortbreads (which I’ll freeze at the dough stage and bake closer to Christmas.
I know it’s only mid-November but I’m writing this while the kids play and watch Elf and round Cawood way, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….🎄