I’m so happy to be able to draw your attention to this lovely book which the publishers, How To Books, have sent for me to review. I am very keen to keep it for myself actually, but I feel like long-suffering readers deserve a little treat from me, given my slightly sad blogging record recently…!
Gifts from your Kitchen is just the thing for this time of year, when you are racking your brain thinking about sweet little gifts for neighbours, teachers, friends and family, that don’t cost an absolute packet. The great thing about all of the ideas is that they are often just a little bit out of the ordinary, and they always have that ‘mmm, what a treat’ quality, that’s so important for home made gifts.
The author is Deborah Nicholas, of the lovely blog, Country Heart and Home, which is also a great source of inspiration and ideas – you can also find her on Facebook at the Gifts from your Kitchen page.
The book is divided into eight sections – Biscuits and Cookies, Cakes, Sweets, Bags, Jars, Bottles, All Sorts and Packaging Ideas – just the chapter headings give you an idea of the variety of possibilities here. Some of the stand out ideas are Banoffee Bites, S’More Bars, Mini Rose Meringue Kisses, Homemade Herbal Tea, Sweet and Salty Caramel Nuts, Raspberry Gin, and Sicilian Orange and Wheatgerm Soap… If that doesn’t get your mouth watering (apart from the soap obviously – although that does look good enough to eat!), then you have more will power than me! I shall be photocopying the recipe for Sweet and Salty Caramel Nuts before this book leaves my house…
I particularly like the chapter on packaging, because I think this is where the books stands out among other homemade Christmas gift books. I know from my own experience that it is too easy for packaging to really detract from the deliciousness of the contents. I am totally at a loss with cardboard, ribbon and gift tags, but armed with the brilliant instructions here (there are loads of photos), I think that even I could produce some stylish gift boxes. I’m beginning to change my mind about giving this book away now….
All you need to do, to be in with a chance of winning a copy of this book, is to leave a comment on this blog post, telling me your favourite Christmas bake or crafted treat if you like (shouting ‘PICK ME!’ is another option), before Tuesday 11 December. I will announce the winner on 12 December, and promise to have the book in the post to the winner asap, so you might have chance to use it before the 24th….