christmas is approaching…
while some may default to picking something up from the mall, others are getting more creative this year. whether you’re frugal, eco-conscious or crafty, being meaningful is what sets apart an awesome gift-giver. nothing says “I’m thoughtful” more than a present made by your own two hands.
If it’s festive and scrumptious, you’ve gained even more brownie points (says i–the self-proclaimed foodie)
take for example this gorgeous red pepper marmalade. i mean seriously, it looks like it was purchased from an expensive gourmet food store, right?
save your self some major moolah, and try this recipe . i would suggest making a small batch first. if you’ve mastered it, then why not cook enough for those on your list? your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends would be delighted.
pretty jars, decorative ribbon, and homemade labels transforms this spread into lovely gifts.
1 cup bell pepper, finely diced (no stem and seeds)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
Place all ingredients in a pot together on medium high heat. When it starts boiling, bring the heat down to low stirring regularly. Cook for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates and becomes a thick syrup
*for more ideas especially those with latin flair, i highly recommend hungry food love. not only is melissa a rockstar in the kitchen, but she’s also dominican ;-)
happy cooking and gifting!