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Holiday Food and Kitchen Gift Ideas

It appears holiday celebrations will be a little different this year. While we may not be able to gather with our families and friends the same way, we can still connect with a festive card or letter, phone call, virtual Zoom session, a little homemade gift or food related surprise. Hunting for the perfect gift? There’s still time to bake up some of your favourite holiday treats, order a new cookbook or essential kitchen gadget, or shop in your local neighbourhood for gourmet foods and treats.

Homemade Gifts from the Heart

Michele’s Favourite Baked Holiday Tradition - “Mom’s Shortbread”

1 lb butter

1 ½ cups icing sugar

1 egg yolk

4 cups flour

1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325 F. Blend butter and icing sugar. Add egg yolk and blend. Add flour and salt, mix until a ball forms. Roll into 1” balls and flatten with a fork. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes.

Purchase a Heart Healthy Cookbook (available at Chapters / Indigos)

Kitchen essentials - A pepper grinder for the table, a sharp paring knife, vegetable peeler or a set of ceramic knives (reasonably priced), handy garlic press, a spice rack to organize your herbs and spices, or a lettuce spinner to easily wash and dry your greens

Small kitchen appliances - Instant Pot, Air Fryer, Magic Bullet (small blender), vacuum sealer, Soda Stream (sparkling water), electric indoor grill, single cup coffee maker, countertop toaster oven

Cool gadgets - 3 in 1 avocado slicer, apple slicer and corer, vegetable slicer, strainer with 2 clips

Other Food Gifts - David’s Condiments salt free spice rubs and herb blends and other lower sodium condiments, Vancouver Olive Oil Company infused olive oil and balsamic vinegars, quality loose leaf tea and fine tea blends at local tea shops such as Murchies, Granville Island Tea Company, Silk Road Tea or wrap up other gourmet foods from local ethnic food stores

Indian Spiced Lentils-In-A-Jar

In a jar with a lid, mix:

1 cup dry split red lentils 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 3/4 tsp ground coriander 1/4 tsp ground turmeric 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)

Directions for the gift recipient: Combine lentils with spices and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Stir occasionally.

Additional preparation tips: Use a low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock instead of water for added flavour. Sauté 1 chopped onion in 2 teaspoons oil on medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and follow the cooking directions above. Add your favourite vegetables at the end.

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