Finding the right gift is always mind boggling. If we really want to put a smile on their faces I suggest three kitchen gift ideas concocted in my kitchen.
How about fascinating your friends and family with this home-made walnut wine, I made three years ago with my husband. It is in fact the most priced gem that we have in our kitchen. This is an excellent red wine that has plenty of character and rich in sweetness. This wine is imperatively made on the month of July in France when walnuts are still young and green. A sure knockout for wine lovers!
40 pcs of your green walnuts
5 liters of red wine
1 liter of water at 50°
1 kg of sugar
4 heads of girofles
Crush the nuts of the walnuts with the skin. The green walnut stains a lot, so the technique is to lock them in a large freezer bag and break them with a hammer. Put them in a large container with all ingredients and shake well. Macerate it for 6 weeks, shaking the container once a week.
This is a charming wine perfect as it is. It goes well with red meat and some desserts.
How about unleashing the flavor of summer with my second gift suggestion, my Watermelon & Lime Jam. Traditionally in Provence they gather the immature watermelon or pasteque à confiture (gigerine) in making this jam. It is normally cooked with some oranges and lemon. My version though gives a much distinct taste of tropical with green organic lime I used. Perfect for breakfast on cold winter!(by the way just for fun if you want to see a square watermelon just click here.)
1 kg of young watermelon pulp
juice of 2 lime
1 kg of sugar
How about jamming with some tropical aroma...
1 big pineapple
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of ginger powder
sugar (1:1 for sugar and fruits combined)
Peel and chop the pineapples. Do the same for the mangoes. Macerate the fruits with sugar and spices for an hour. Cook slowly for an hour medium fire.