The festive season is all about people coming together, sharing great food, belly laughs, appreciation, sun (well at least down here in the Southern Hemisphere), celebrating life, family and relationships, giving and gratitude.
I have always loved giving people really thoughtful gifts and sometimes that equates to more expensive gifts (like taking Corey skydiving for his birthday last year) but sometimes not. I think a great gift is when there is thought and love behind it.
I have a few ideas here for you for festive gifts with heart. They don’t take too much effort but they are full of love and thats whats its all about right?
I love me some sundried tomatoes and they make such a wonderful gift. You will be thrilled to know anyone can make “sundried” tomatoes in the oven. I love to collect jars and I re-use grocery jars like jam or mustard ones for this exact thing. Use hot soapy water the remove the labels and then use white vinegar and hot water again to make them gleam.
- 1 punnet (250g) cherry tomatoes
- 1T olive oil + enough oilve oil to cover the STD's in the jar
- sea salt
- 6 peppercorns
- optional: a sprig of rosemary and 3 small squares of feta or bocconcini
- Preheat the oven to 95C
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and place cut side up on a baking sheet
- Drizzle with 1T olive oil and sprinkle a little salt over.
- Place in the oven for 3-4 hrs to dehydrate. Check from 3 hours as some ovens may dehydrate faster than others.
- Place the dried tomatoes in a jar with the peppercorns and the rosemary and feta or bocconcini if you are using and fill the jar with olive oil.
- Tie some string around the top of the jar and add a festive label to create a wonderful gift with heart.