Making Christmas gifts is a thoughtful way of showing how much you care and are a wonderful to receive. Here is a round up of some of the gifts I make for my friends and family and a new recipe for delicious Gravad Mackerel. Cured mackerel using a similar cure to that of Gravadlax (Salmon). Sweet and fragrant with dill and an added flavour from the all-spice and juniper.
Cured Mackerel (Gravad Mackerel)
- 1ltr water
- 60mls apple cider vinegar
- 600g mackeral fillets,
- 1 tbsp juniper berries, crushed (use the flat blade of a knife to press down on the berries and crush them)
- 55g sea salt
- 400g granulated sugar
- 40g dill, very finely chopped
- Mix the water and vinegar together . Place the mackerel fillets flat in a dish and pour over the vinegar solution. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for 24 hours.
- Remove from the fridge and discard the vinegar solution. Dry the mackerel on kitchen paper.
- Mix the sugar and salt together
- Scatter some of the sugar mix on the base of a flat dish with sides. Place half the mackerel fillets, skin side down on the base of the dish.
- Scatter the dill thickly over the fish add the juniper and all-spice and place the remainder of the mackerel on top skin side up. So that the mackerel is flesh against flesh.
- Cover with the remainder of the sugar mix.
- Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 48 hours.
- Remove from the fridge and wipe off the sugar
- Place on a board skin side down and slice thinly on the diagonal off the skin. Serve on rye bread or crisp bread with sour cream and sweet mustard or with potato salad and sour cream.
Delicious crumbly Amaretti and almond biscuits, quick to make and melt in the mouth. Perfect for a gift or as a table favour.
Friands are delicious delicate sponge cakes made with ground almonds and egg whites. These have festive mincemeat added to make them the perfect accompaniment for Christmas or wonderful filling a jar with a ribbon as a gift.
Traditional Swedish dill pickles to add to your Boxing Day cold meat platter or to take as a gift.
Delicious little balls of ground pecans and orange zest, fragrant with the smells of Christmas, sweet, melt in the mouth cookies.
Stir these milk and white chocolate goodies into a cup of hot milk to make a delicious, luxurious drink or bag them up and give them as a gift.
Delicious breadsticks spiced with Dukkah and wrapped in a festive tea towel make a perfect gift, pretty and edible.
Adorn your tree with edible decorations or take them as a gift to friends. These are decorated using supermarket bought icing and can be decorated by children.