Christmas presents

This year I decided to make my own presents for my family and after looking through endless recipe books and online recipes, I ended up with making two chutneys; Jamie Oliver’s Cheeky Chilli Chutney http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/other-recipes/cheeky-chilli-pepper-chutney and a Fragrant Mango and Apple Chutney http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4859/fragrant-mango-and-apple-chutney.

At first, both chutneys were very sweet and very vinegary and I was a little bit disappointed with the result, but as Christmas was very near, I decided to put them into sterilised jars and hope for the best – and thankfully the chutneys changed taste completely as they cooled down and the taste ended up perfect!

To go with it, I baked small savory Parmesan and rosemary short bread biscuits…… http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/86/savoury-rosemary-and-asiago-shortbread.aspx

The whole thing was presented in a box with three types of cheeses (a very strong and firm cheese, a firm, but mellow one and a brie) and became a little snack after dinner Christmas day – however we were only allowed a little bit as the receiver did not want it all to disappear at once.