Hello everyone, it's that time again: The Christmas season is approaching which brings along the question of what to give to your loved ones. So today here is this blog post from me: Gifts from the kitchen – 3 easy recipes. It’s well known that the way to the heart is through the stomach and I have been giving away homemade things from the kitchen for years. So if you get something edible from me, then you can be sure, I like you :-). I also find it very practical to create gifts in the kitchen with children, because they can help a lot there and also for example decorate the glasses or labels. I have put together 3 easy recipes in cooperation with Migros Bio/Alnatura Switzerland*. With high-quality organic ingredients from Migros and the matching decorations you can find there.

Gifts from the kitchen

It's important and a special appreciation for us and the recipients to use high-quality, organic ingredients. What I also appreciate about edible gifts: they are sustainable. It’s not something that stands in the corner and collects dust, but it’s “used” and enjoyed. I usually use jars and vessels that I already have at home and only buy the labels and stars for decoration, nature supplies the rest. Gifts with high-quality ingredients taste even better - and that is ultimately the most important thing if you want to give someone a gift.

Geschenke aus der Küche - 3 einfache Rezepte

3 gift ideas

But now back to the 3 simple recipes, there is something for everyone: for coffee lovers, for chocolate fans and for everyone who prefer it savory. Of course, all three gifts are vegan and delicious! I used the fine Caruso organic coffee, the Alnatura fine dark chocolate, the organic basil tofu and the herbal olives from Alnatura. And these are the results:

  1. Coffee syrup 
  2. Chocolate chips with peculoos biscuits
  3. Pickled basil tofu with olives

Geschenke aus der Küche - 3 einfache RezepteRecipes

This sounds all very yummy, doesn’t it? So here are the recipes for you:

Coffee syrup

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Coffee syrup

A delicious syrup with coffee flavor, with your coffee or for any sweets
Course: Getränke, Kleinigkeit, Süsses
Keyword: Ahornsirup, Geschenk, Kaffee, Kaffeesirup, Weihnachten
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Servings:1 bottle
Author:Verena Frei
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Ingredients

  • 500 ml (2 1/8 cup) strong coffee
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 pinch of cardamom
  • 250 g  (1 ¼ cup) raw cane sugar

Instructions

  • Brew fresh coffee 
  • Put it in a pot along with sugar and the spices and boil up 
  • Let simmer at medium heat (approx. 20-30 minutes), stir occasionally
  • When the desired thick consistency is reached, fill it into a bottle. The cinnamon sticks can be added to the bottle

I used the new Caruso Crema Bio for syrup and brewed a strong coffee. The syrup can of course be used for cappuccino, but also for desserts or pancakes, so actually for everything that uses syrup. This is definitely the ultimate gift for any coffee lover and because of the added sugar the shelf-life is several weeks.

Kaffee-Sirup
Kaffee-Sirup mit Zimt

The second recipe is for all chocolate lovers:

Chocolate chips with speculoos biscuits

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Chocolate chips with speculoos biscuits

Delicious chocolate chips with cornflakes and speculoos biscuits
Course: Dessert, Kleinigkeit, Sweet, Sweets
Keyword: Geschenk, Kekse, Schoko-Crossies, Schokolade, Vegan, Weihnachten
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Servings:20 pieces
Author:Verena Frei
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Ingredients

  • 250 g(9 oz.) dark chocolate e.g. Alnatura "fine bitter"
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon optional
  • 100 g (3.5 oz.) unsweetend cornflakes
  • 5-6 speculoos cookies vegan
  • and/or 4-6 cracker

Instructions

  • Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a water bath or the microwave, stir in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Add the cornflakes to the mixture
  • Crumble the speculoos and/or cracker into small pieces and add them as well. Stir until everything is covered in chocolate
  • Place small heaps on a baking paper with a teaspon. You can sprinkle them with hemp seeds, crumbled biscuits or cacao nibs
  • Let them dry and pack them into a box

The chocolate chips with speculoos biscuits are so easy to make, yet they are super tasty! Kids can easily support you. The Spekulatius and Blevita pieces make them extra crispy and there is a little surprise effect.

Schoko-Crossies mit Spekulatius

Schoko-Crossies mit SpekulatiusPacked in a pretty box, they are a great to take to an Advent coffee or as a gift for loved ones.

And “last but not least” here is a savory recipe, as not everyone likes it sweet:

Pickled basil tofu with olives

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Pickled basil tofu with olives

Delicious basil tofu in oil with olives and dried tomatoes
Course: Appetizer, Beilage, Kleinigkeit, Snack
Keyword: Geschenk, Oliven, Tofu, Weihnachten
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Servings:2 jars
Author:Verena Frei
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Ingredients

  • 230 g (8 oz.) basil tofu 
  • 180 g  (6.3 oz.) mixed herbal olives
  • 4-6 dried tomatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Organic olive oil 
  • Fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme

Instructions

  • Dice the tofu and cut the dried tomatoes
  • Add them along with olives and herbs into clean jars 
  • Add herbs and salt and fill them up with olive oil (everything should be covered in oil)
  • Lasts 1-2 weeks in the fridge

Inspired by pickled feta, this combination captures the aromas of summer and tastes wonderful with an aperitif, with fresh bread, but also with (vegan) fondue or raclette and of course with salad. Perfect for all lovers of savory dishes - they will surely be delighted with such a pretty jar!

Eingelegter Basilikum-Tofu mit Oliven

So these were my Gifts from the kitchen – 3 easy recipes. I really hope I was able to inspire you and your loved ones can look forward to such a beautiful gift soon. Even if Christmas will be a little different this year, nobody can take away the love and joy of giving. And even in special times, such small gifts given with love and care are particularly important.

Geschenke aus der Küche - 3 einfache Rezepte
Geschenke aus der Küche - 3 einfache Rezepte

You can of course find more Christmas recipes here on the blog.

And you can find more delicious recipes with Migros Bio/Alnatura Switzerland* ingredients here.

Love, Verena

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Gifts from the kitchen – 3 easy recipes

*This blog post was created in collaboration with Migros, but reflects my own opinion.

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