One of my passions (if not the overriding passion is food). I love trying new things and when I have the pennies often try pickles or jams that are different and if I like them, I either look around for a similar recipe,and sometimes if I have the time I experiment and try to recreate the preserve myself sometimes it is a success sometimes its abysmal, but you need the failures to appreciate the successes.
I also love cookery books and last September bought a book called Gifts from the Kitchen by Annie Rigg. It cost me £15 from Waitrose and it took me weeks at 50 pence a week to save up for. I was therefore not very impressed when I found the book for £5 in a cheapie book store in town and then latterly found it on The Book People for the same price. Some you win some you loose. However it is a lovely book and has lots of interesting ideas for home made foodie gifts. It has lots of interesting recipes which are split up into seasons i.e. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Celebrations. Recipes include Turkish Delight, Nougat, Marshmallows, lollipops, Madeleines, Candied Citrus Peel, Vin d'oranges, Rhubarb and Vanilla Vodka, Summer Berry Vodka etc etc. Some lovely recipes to play with in due course. My fingers are itching, but will be a while before I get to play as need to save up for some of the specialist ingredients.
The ISBN No for this book is 9 781856 269384 and would be an ideal buy in readiness for next Christmas especially if you intend to make your own pressies to give.