Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Homemade Classic Herb and Spice Salt #ediblegift #christmasgift #december #salt #jcookingodyssey

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken

It's that time of year again ! Christmas is the time of year when we all go that extra mile to make everyone happy, such as hunting for the perfect , unique and thoughtful gifts, or making sure you've included everyone's favourite festive dish on this occasion to show them how much they mean to you !

Once again it is time of the year to soak up in the spirit of the carols, the lights , the decorations , the cookies and everything else that the heralds the approach of the big day. But I know as an adult sometimes that the demands of shopping, cleaning , decorating , wrapping and cooking can be too much during festive season.

The most tough job is to find a perfect gift for your dear ones, friends , family and colleagues. Most of us scratching our heads and sometimes thinking outside the box to get gifts and presents.
Maybe it becomes easier to get gifts for immediate family ( you get so many hints throughout the year)  and close friends because you know their taste and choice, but to select a gift for friends , neighbours or colleagues is a tricky challenge and more often than not you always end up getting box of chocolates and Biscuits because obviously you want to play safe !

All these years in the past I have done the same, just bought, wrapped and gifted so many chocolates and biscuits tins , few years after that I baked many goodies and gifted it, but this year I am not doing baking for the gifts. I have thought about doing some variation, it will be edible gifts but more thoughtful.

As we all have become very conscious about calories and health, I have thought very carefully and chose few gifts, so people can actually use it in their cooking and whenever they pick up those bottles and use those ingredients in their cooking again again they will think of you. I have done few hamper baskets, a great way to present small edible gifts.

So this year I have prepared few homemade edible gifts, like Herb and Spice Salt, also I have prepared few Homemade Indian Masala like Garam Masala, Dabeli Masala, Goda Masala and Chai ( tea ) Masala. With the herb salt and Indian masala, I have packed few Cacao Nibs and Mixed Nuts and Seeds bags too. Just start with empty wicker basket , line with shredded tissue paper or shredded wood wool, arrange fancy jars and bags filled with edible gifts and add ribbon and gift tags for the perfect festive finish !

Why I chose to gift Homemade Herb salt, the thought spark in my mind few months ago while I was checking out one of the recipes and I read use garlic salt. Couple of days later I went to market and saw very tiny Garlic and Onion salt bottle with the hefty price tag ! Lol, being foodie I checked Ingredients. While driving back the mind started shooting with ideas what if I add this and that, perfect but I thought I might be a crazy ! Once again checked internet, yes I found plenty sites with Herb Salt recipes. I prepared this salt for myself ,  I get lots of joy whenever I use this salt in my many dishes !

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In my opinion this classic herb and Spice salt can make very useful and perfect gift to anyone, full of fragrance, tasty seasoning can be sprinkled on all steamed vegetables, over fresh salads, Roasted or Mashed potatoes for a quick boost of flavour , add to any soft butter or make flavoured oil, excellent in bread mixes or soups. Add in marinates and  rub on any meat. This recipe is pretty flexible but you can use any combination of herbs and spices, pour into cute jars and with a fancy gift tag and you've got a very nice DIY gift for your near and dear ones during the festive season !

It's wonderful to give and receive personalised gifts with love and best wishes, no matter if they were made with basic ingredients, it's the thought that counts !!!

You will need :-

  • 1 cup good quality sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 tbsp. red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp. dried granulated onion
  • 1 tbsp. dried garlic powder or flakes
  • 1 tbsp. pink peppercorns 
  • 1 tbsp. cumin and corinader
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp. mixed dried herbs ( rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme , parsley )
  • Few drops of oil ( optional )
Method :-
Place sea salt and all the other ingredients in a food processor or coffee grinder and pulse five or six times until you get coarse sand kind of mixture.
Store in clean and dry glass jar.
This salt can be stored in a air tight jar for almost about 5-6 months.

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