sausage rolls for a Christmas carol service. We also took bread and vegies but I forgot the hummus. Sylvia wisely told me not to bother bringing any sweet food as she knew she would have enough there. She and her friend had lollies from santa as well as fairy floss and gloopy slushies.
gingerbread houses for an end of year raffle at Sylvia's gymnastics club. We had fun photographing them and were late to gymnastics as a result! The irony! I have promised Sylvia I will make a gingerbread house with her. I am planning to try a new gingerbread recipe.
Cocoa Rhapsody for some chocolates to give as thank yous.
The carols were after Sylvia and I had picked up our Christmas tree. I don't know if Sylvia was more excited about being in the front seat of the car for the first time or driving home with the tree in the back filing the car with wonderful pine aromas. Unfortunately at home the tree was challenging to get into our stand. I borrowed a hacksaw from a neighbour to trim the base and broke the blade. The tree is now sitting at a rather laid back angle. My button star on the top looks great.
fruit mince and chocolate pastry to make chocolate mince tarts. Usually we put stars on top. My mum didn't have star cookie cutters but she had gingerbread men cutters. They looked quite cute on the mince pies. I made them to take to book club after decorating the tree. Our last bookclub of the year is a film night and we saw Girl on a Train and took along a plate. The chocolate mince tarts were my contribution.
As well as being a different sort of gift, these crackers make great snacks if you like a birdseed sort of snack. I do. I am sure I will be making these again for myself and others.
I am sending these to Healthy Vegan Fridays, Gluten Free Fridays, and Treat Petite.
More Christmas gifts on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
- Edible Gift Ideas for Christmas (2010)
- Gifts in a Jar, Christmas quicklinks and Melbourne Christmas (2011)
- 10 Foodie Christmas Gift Ideas (2013)
Makes about 48 square crackers
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1/4 cup linseed / flaxseed
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
flaky sea salt, to taste
Mix all seeds, 1/2 tsp of salt and all the water. Leave to sit for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Spread as thinly as possible on baking paper on two medium oven trays. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of flaky sea salt. Bake at 170 C for 30 minutes. Cut into squares (I did 4 x 6 rows.) At this point they are quite dry and crispy but can crisp up more. Return to the oven and bake another 20 -30 minutes until slightly golden. Cool on a wire rack. Keep in an airtight container.
On the Stereo
White Christmas: Bing Crosby