As there’s only one day left to wait before Christmas (or two…I always get mixed up anyway! It depends on when you’re celebrating it I believe haha!), I guess we’ve all put out hats, smiles and Christmas decorations (What !?) on, ready to swing and have fun with family and friends. You might be already well prepared, all your gifts done, your eyebrows waxed, whatever clothes you’re going to wear ready for you on a chair…well guess what? I am not at all! My eyebrows are waxed indeed but my gifts are far from done, my clothes are far from chosen and I can hardly think about all the things I have to do before tomorrow at midnight. As I am writing this article to you, I am actually putting my yoga gears on to leave and teach a yoga class, writing a shopping list for tomorrow’s Christmas gifts and eating the avocado on toast I forgot downstairs (forgetting my own food…that must be the Christmas spirit!). If you can picture yourself in the exact (or so) same situation…well that’s bad, cause you’re late! But the good news is I might be able to help you with one of your problem!
I believe there’s two types of gifts: the ones that stay and the ones you can use directly. A book for example is something you can use directly, personal but not too much, that will melt in your shelves once read. I feel like it’s beginning to be much harder to offer something you can be sure it will please. Indeed, in today’s society, people like to buy their personal stuff themselves, to decorate their home as they wish or to wear very specific things. But that’s not bad – I mean I know what the people I love like, but I prefer them to make their own choices. However, there’s something you can hardly disappoint with: food! And with that: words. There’s nothing more important and delicate than words. Sometimes, you’ve got to come down to the simplest thing to have the best impact – and that’s what I like about Christmas! Its simplicity, the power of words, the prevailing love.
Not only is this chutney a sweet and spicy treasure that will be the starlight on your Christmas (or any other celebration) table, but it also makes a great gift. Put it in a nice jar, label it with a lovely handwritten note, tie up a nice ribbon round it and give it to someone you cherish, along with a simple but meaningful card. BOOM! Christmas magic happened!
Winter Flavoured Chutney
Portions: 4 small jars (3 larger ones)
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Cooking time: 1 hour.
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of chilli powder
- 4 apples, peeled, cored and cut in small squares
- 275g of fresh cranberries, rinsed
- 1 vanilla pod, sliced in half
- 75g of coconut sugar (or whole unrefined cane sugar alternatively)
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- 25ml of water (if needed)
(1) Heat the coconut oil and add the grated ginger, cinnamon and chilli powder. After a minute or so, parachute the cut apples and rinsed cranberries. Cook for about 3 minutes.
(2) Stir the vanilla pod, coconut sugar and maple syrup in (+ water if needed), mix gently and reduce the heat on medium.
(3) Cook for one hour, making sure to stir a few times, to prevent sticking at the bottom of the saucepan. You’re looking for a very smooth, thick and caramely consistency. Add some more water if needed.
(4) Spoon out into clean jars, label and place in the fridge. Ideal as a gift or as a dip/topping for your Christmas dinner!