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For so many of us it can be a burden when it comes to Christmas as to what to give to family, friends, neighbours, teachers and the list goes on. I enjoy making something rather than buying from the shop/stores.  These items do not have to be expensive to put together however, they can be enjoyed especially if you can eat them.   Yum!!!!  🙂 🙂 🙂

This year, as in previous years, I have decided to make a few things and send them out as gifts.

Spiced Sugar

1/4 cup of Cashews (ground or crushed)
1 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground Cardamon
2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
3 small 100g jars

Preparation time 10-15 minutes
Makes 3 x 100 gram jars

IMG_4363Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Spoon the mixed spiced sugar in the jars, seal well and decorate for Christmas.

Cook’s Tips

Feel free to use other nuts, such as pistachio, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, almonds.  We all have a favourite that we enjoy eating.

You can sprinkle the spiced sugar on your porridge, yogurt, pancakes, french toast and anything else you may think of.

Spiced Sugar stores well in a sealed jar in your pantry.


Thyme Infused Olive Oil

1.5 Litres of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (First Cold Pressed)
6 Small Glass Bottles (250ml)
Small Bunch of Thyme
Small Bunch of Lemon Thyme

Preparation Time 10-15 minutes
Makes 6 Small x 250ml Bottles

Wash and pat dry Thyme sprigs.  Place inside the bottles and pour in the Olive Oil.  Seal the bottle and allow to infuse for a few weeks.

After a few weeks the oil will have a wonderful Thyme flavour which can be used in many dishes such as salads, with pasta, bruschetta, or anything that you would like to drizzle the oil on.  🙂 🙂 🙂


Cook’s Tips

For the above recipe I used two varieties of Thyme.  The normal Thyme and Lemon Thyme.  In 3 bottles I placed the normal Thyme and in the other 3 the Lemon Thyme.


Milanka's Fine Food

Join me on a journey of cooking, sharing recipes, exploring the different varieties and styles of food from around the world. Using fresh ingredients to create healthy, delicious and flavoursome dishes. I would like to share my love of food with you”. I am a Commercial Cook by profession and have been cooking for many years.

Nourish yourself, your family and embrace fresh, wholesome food for well being.

I wish you all good health, happiness and a fulfilling journey through life. -Milanka


4 Responses

  1. Dear Milanka,
    Just wanted to let you know how much we’ve enjoyed your Spiced Sugar recipe. It’s a favourite in our home, particularly sprinkling some on ice cream with stewed apple. Thanks again! 🙂

    1. Hello Sammy, Thank you for letting me know about the Spiced Sugar recipe. It is always lovely to hear from people who try the recipes out. Glad to hear that it’s a favourite in your home. I’m chuffed. I would also like to let you know that I have made my first video. It will be ready in a couple of weeks. It was you who made the suggestion a year or two ago. It has come to fruition. It was a great experience. Thank you for stopping by. Milanka

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