Part 3 of Christmas Gifts from Stirring Stuff: Easy cheesy biscuits.

Easy cheesy biscuits

Gift tin of mixed cheesy biscuits

With Christmas festivities  starting in earnest,  what better way to thank your host than with a tin of delicious homemade cheesy biscuits. If you are entertaining at home  or are prone to ad hoc parties then the Stirring Stuff selection offered here is a great standby. All three biscuits are simple to make and  will keep in tins for a couple of weeks. Continue reading

Part 2 of Christmas Gifts from Stirring Stuff: Two Elegant Preserves.

Vanilla Spiced Apricots with bay and pickling spice

Vanilla Spiced Apricots

This  week, adding to your repertoire of Edible Gifts for Christmas, we have two  easy to make and exceptionally beautiful Christmas preserves, Cranberry and Orange Relish and  Vanilla Spiced Apricots. The  vibrant colours of the Cranberry and Orange Relish with a hint of rosemary will definitely put you in the Christmas cooking mood. While the Spiced Apricots, warmly fragrant with vanilla and bay and pepped  with a touch of chilli will have you longing for the day when you can open the jar and serve them up,they happen to go exceptionally well with the chicken liver parfait posting in a few weeks. Continue reading

Turn the temperature up with winter warming soups.

Mulligatawny with Peshwari Naan

Turn the temperature up with this smooth and gorgeous Mulligatawny

When its cold outside is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of warming, nourishing soup?  Here are two very different vegetable based soups, a chunky Carrot and Chickpea soup that couldn’t be more simple to make and a versatile Mulligatawny. Both are meals in themselves and have the added advantage of being suitable for vegetarians and vegans, as well as being gluten free and adaptable for lactose intolerance.  Both  soups use herbs and  spices with natural health benefits helping to build defences against winter ‘bugs’. Continue reading