Back in the day, when Christmas wasn’t quite so commercialised, one would receive a Christmas Stocking and one other gift.
Life was simple and uncomplicated and many of my peers have memories of this Christmas Stocking : cardboard backing with material netting and containing a comic, a packet of lollies and a few bits and bobs such as whistles, yo-yos, toy car, tin clickers.
With too much time on my hands, I decided that a gluten free Christmas Stocking could be easily (if not roughly) made.
A cookbook, lollies, caramels, chocolates and there it is, my version of a gluten free Christmas Stocking.
So if you are still looking for inspiration: gluten free or otherwise, then put together a few items, sew together cardboard and a scrap of curtain material and personalise a Christmas Stocking gift.
Can I afford another Gluten Free Recipe Book?
Can I find space on my bookcase for one more recipe book?
Do I really need another gluten free recipe book?
Will I make any of the recipes?
Yes. No. No. Maybe.
But my husband has already bookmarked a number of mains and I have taken note of a number of sweets. So I think that I really did need to have this book.
Perfect as a Christmas or special occasion gift, this Women’s Weekly recipe book lives up to its reputation.
There are lots of new ideas for produce already in your kitchen but also a few yummy recipes:
Raspberry and Chocolate Brownie
Almond, Coconut and Pineapple Slice
Orange and White Chocolate Blondie
Banana and Maple Syrup Loaf
Baked Ricotta with Caramelised Onions and Flatbreads
Pina Colada Smoothie
A Christmas speciality in Spain, the traditional varieties are made from almonds, honey and egg whites.
Turrons are one of my special childhood memories. Around Christmas, my Nana would receive a parcel from her cousin Providencia in Barcelona. Packed in pine boxes and wrapped in wax paper were Turrons Jijona. She would slice a sliver of turrons for us and my memory is that it was a most heavenly taste. So for me, turrons had a special magical quality about it : coming all the way from Spain, a package covered in stamps with the Spanish King’s head, packaged in pine boxes and sweet, smooth and delicious.
Turrons disappeared from my life for many years but nowadays I try to source a few packets for special gifts and our Christmas table. And I try to convey to my children and granddaughter the special association turrons have for me and to our heritage.
Turrons take me back to my childhood, standing in my Nana’s kitchen savouring my slice of turron and having a sense that this was special.
Today, there are many more varieties to choose from and if you are in Spain close to Christmas, then visit one of the specialist turron shops.
Every year I try to source Turrons locally but I will also buy from delis in Sydney or Melbourne and have them posted to me. Casa Iberica in Melbourne are now well stocked with the Jijona (soft) and Alicante (hard) turrons.
They make ideal gifts and are also perfect for the dessert table of your Christmas celebration.
And the bonus is that they are gluten free – or at least the brands I purchase. Check the Alicante varieties that have a wafer cover. The packets I purchased have the wafer made with potato starch.
PEACE AND JOY
May you find PEACE with your coeliac disease diagnosis, knowing that you are on the road to good health and may you find JOY in the gluten free food that will heal your body
A few ideas for gifts to help share in the spirit of Christmas
1. Australian Gluten Free Life has magazine subscriptions or a “The Box” full of gluten free goodies or you can purchase single copies in newsagencies.
If you want to try before you buy, then download Volume 1 and 2 for FREE! You won’t be disappointed.
4. Jen’s Gluten Free Crackers paired with Beerenberg Red Pepper Relish
5. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are a gluten free lolly staple especially at Christmas time. Myers in Townsville are already stocking their shelves.
6. The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry