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    I have made alcoholic chocolate brazils before now, buy a big bag of brazil nuts, a few bars of chocolate, melt the chocolate add the alcohol of choice, the last ones I did were whisky and orange zest. dip the chocolate in and leave to cool/set in the fridge. Once cold I think its best to freeze in bags, to stop you munching on them.
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    Garlic or rosemary infused olive oil?

    But don't leave the garlic or rosemary in it, just warm it up with the garlic/herbs etc in it, then cover and leave for 24 hours. Remove the garlic/herbs and pour into clean sterilised bottles and seal.

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    You could make truffles or honeycomb a bit nearer the time - not sure they'd keep for a month though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverWyreGrower View Post
    You could make truffles or honeycomb a bit nearer the time - not sure they'd keep for a month though?
    They wouldn't keep in my house OWG, far too much temptation. I love ganache.
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    Flavoured salt - mix in dried herbs, juniper berries, garlic, chillies... Lovely on spuds or sprinkled on grilled stuff.
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    Oooh, spice rubs for meat? Done in the same way for the salts above, just without the salt (IYSWIM)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OverWyreGrower View Post
    Garlic or rosemary infused olive oil?

    But don't leave the garlic or rosemary in it, just warm it up with the garlic/herbs etc in it, then cover and leave for 24 hours. Remove the garlic/herbs and pour into clean sterilised bottles and seal.
    I don't even warm the oil up for herb oils, just leave to infuse for a couple of weeks then strain off. I do like spice oils too - simply dry fry some spices and add to oil. Leave for 2 weeks then strain the same as before. Very good.

    Other things that have gone down well in my hampers have been Christmas cakes / puddings, homemade cordials (elderflower / rosehip etc), fudge (keeps better than choccies), hand knitted scarves, handmade soaps and probably loads of other things I've forgotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeywills View Post
    Sloe gin, loads of sloes around at the moment.
    Where???????

    How about crystallised/ candied peel or fruits .......
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