Friday, December 14th, 2012

Christmas Edible Gift Ideas

Finally I am in my new house and at last the good old people at my phone providers have connected my internet at home ~ only 3 weeks later… (grumble). The blog has been at the front my mind and it’s been really frustrating not being able to post anything due to lack of internet but thankfully we’re all back up and running now and it’s all systems go again :)

A few months ago I wrote, styled and shot an ‘Edible Xmas Gifts’ idea for my December feature in Delicious magazine. It’s currently out on sale now and I thought I’d keep a few recipes back to share with you all on What Katie ate. I’ve included a few of the pics above which are featured in the story but I also have a few extra recipes which I’ll upload this afternoon. You can buy the magazine at Zinio for readers who want to give any of the other recipes in the mag a bash.

Mum’s Mince Pies ~ Recipe here

Parmesan Truffle Popcorn ~ Recipe in this month’s Delicious Magazine

Sour Cherry Meringue Kisses ~ Recipe in this month’s Delicious Magazine

Apple, Cranberry and Orange Chutney ~ Recipe in this month’s Delicious Magazine

Christmas Pudding Cake Pops ~ Recipe in this month’s Delicious Magazine

Maple Bacon Peanut Brittle ~ Recipe here

Nutella Double Choc Cookies ~ Recipe here

Chipotle Summer BBQ Meat Rub ~ Recipe to follow shortly on WKA

All photos © Katie Quinn Davies 2012

I have a great Christmas post penned for the bog which I am cooking and shoot all of next week. It’s going to be a feast of ideas for Christmas Day meal ideas and entertaining recipes which will see you through the festive period. Food which I’ll be preparing myself for Xmas day and other recipes for New Year’s eve parties and outdoor entertaining (for us Southern Hemisphere peeps).

I’ll be uploading any outstanding recipes this weekend, I’ll also be announcing the winner of the Kate Gibbs ‘After Toast’ book giveaway, Kate herself will be picking the lucky winner on Saturday evening and I am delighted to mention December’s giveaway is one of the most popular and best selling titles currently out here in OZ – Valli Little’s Delicious ~ Home Cooking. To win a copy of this beautiful book, just leave me a comment below telling me:

What’s your most Delicious food memory?

All photos © Ian Wallace 2012

49 Responses to “Christmas Edible Gift Ideas”

  1. December 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Yum! waiting by my computer for the bacon brittle and nutella cookie recipes! Maybe I won’t give any away :-) Glad you are back up and running…Happy Holidays.

  2. December 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

    WOW! The labels on all of these treats are just beautiful. I think you’re becoming pretty darn famous for those beautiful meringues, Katie. Who wouldn’t be happy to get one of those as a gift.

  3. December 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Oh my.

    I love the overall theme of this post! Katie, you never seem to fail me when it comes to photography and writing. Haha

  4. December 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I love your Delicious features and this one is my favourite so far!

    • Katie
      December 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Lisa – you’ll like the Jan/Feb and March ones too – not quite as ‘crafty’ as this one, but some of my faves so far :) x

  5. December 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

    These photos are so gorgeous I can hardly stand it!!

  6. December 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

    wonderful gift ideas, especially for the foodies in our lives!

  7. December 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Can you do any wrong?

    • Katie
      December 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      HAHA! Emmm yes I can! ;)

  8. December 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    It is always such a joy to see your photographs.. each one is gorgeous!!! I’m partial to the meringue kisses and cake pops!!

  9. December 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    There is something about this post… Just Beautiful and Effortlessly Stunning!!!
    But then again, it is your post… Always Perfect.

  10. December 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    This year I will defenetly go for home-made gifts, I like everything here (I should plan to start cooking NOW!)
    Can’t wait for your Chrismas post, I already picked a few favs from you STUNNING book, but always come here to get some new inspiration!
    cheers from Rome!

  11. December 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Wow! I love these photos Katie! I’ll definitely be buying a copy of this month’s Delicious magazine & am particularly looking forward to trying to bake some of your mini mince pies :)

    Keep up the inspirational work!

  12. Ann
    December 15, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Thanks for all the inspiration! Hope there are also recipes from you in the Dutch Delicious! Love it!

  13. December 15, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Hi Katie, I know your site in these days, I find it wonderful, I love your ideas, your photos, the atmosphere and the recipes! Very nice gift ideas! See you :D

  14. December 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

    your book has just arrived..Inow have to cook! so nice!

  15. December 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Amazing pictures! That cake is simply magic! I love your cook book <3

  16. December 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    These photos are mouth watering! Absolutely fantastic! My favourite food memory is Christmas dinner! So many laughs, so much family. It’s fantastic!

  17. Meagan
    December 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    My most delicious food memory would have to be licking spoon (and bowl!) when mum was making vanilla sponge cake. My sister and I still fight over who gets to do this now, even though we are all in our twenties (ok my youngest sister is 19) and no longer living at home.

  18. Anastasia
    December 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    What beautiful gifts! My most delicious food memory is beach week before college graduation. Two of my housemates were really talented cooks, so the rest of us all got a week of gorgeous homemade food for every meal (sweet potato biscuits and chocolate gravy, tamales, pho, pizza, fried catfish, all from scratch) in exchange for doing the dishes.

  19. Emily
    December 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

    What beautiful meringue kisses! Perfect gifts for my neighbours.

    I love remembering the anticipation of biting into a bit of my Grandma’s pork crackling to see if it was a good, crunchy piece or a chewy (but still delicious) one. I wish I didn’t like crackling at all, but it is a disgustingly good vice for life :)

  20. Emma
    December 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    My favourite memory was the excitement racing others into the bowl for the big piece of chocolate in the middle of a friend’s mum’s chocolate cake mix, only to discover that it was a piece of wooden spoon! This was one ‘win’ I was happy not to take.
    The cake when done was probably her best!

  21. December 17, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Love the edible gift ideas! My most delicious food memory is my Grandmother’s trifle, a Christmas tradition in our family – made with a (very generous!) dash of sherry, lashings of custard and old fashioned sponge fingers!

  22. Sylvia
    December 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Wonderful photos and recipes, as I’ve finished up my christmas baking this year these will have to be retained for next year, though I think the Nutella cookies will be tried in the near future as that’s one of my guilty pleasures!

    My most delicious food memory is tasting a red thai curry for the first time that I had made myself. After all the hard work pounding the ingredients for a curry paste the final result was a revelation and inspired me to keep on expoloring this cuisine that has led to many more great shared shared meals with family and friends.

  23. Naomi
    December 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    My delicious food memory(ies) are family dinner parties, with Dad making chicken livers and water chesnuts wrapped in bacon, Mum preparing green lipped mussels with toasted breadcrumbs, lemon zest and parsley and our family friend making traditional tandoori chicken nibbles, all shared with wonderful family and friends.

  24. Chelsea Jo
    December 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    If I could taste any of these, I’m sure that’s what I’d be typing as the answer to your question. As it is, I’ve got popcorn to console me and an answer in the form of Lemon Meringue Pie. I love pie. And we made this recipe when we were kids from some kids’ book that my grandmother read us, and every time we’ve made it since it just gets better and better. I think one of my brothers sneaks something in it.

  25. December 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Oh, Katie, such a beautiful post! My most delicious food memory is being in my mother’s kitchen watching her bake. She was an artisan baker and made the best strudel dough and various other Hungarian specialties. I miss her terribly and would give anything for an afternoon in the kitchen with her.

    Love Valli Little’s books, and would be delighted to win!

  26. December 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Wow, so festive! Indeed, you are an amazing artist, Katie!

  27. December 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Anything with Nutella in it makes my day, thank you for this recipe and I am off to bake those mince pies!

  28. Kylie
    December 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

    My favourite delicious memory would be making tray loads of biscuits with my Nan when I was young. It was never just 12 biscuits that would be enough for a little guilty treat for the family, the recipes make in excess of 30 biscuits each and we would cook enough to supply the family for a whole season. Luckily she wrote all of her wisdom in a large diary which is now referred to as “The Bible” and has been known to be fought over because it’s contents are so priceless.

  29. Kathy
    December 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    My most delicious food memory is when I first made a home made custard. Growing up I had always had commercial custard and could not believe how easy it was to make my own and also how good it tasted!

  30. December 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Katie
    Just wondering whether you receive my email? I am inviting you to be one of the judges for DMBLGIT, can you pls let me know if you would be available to judge it this month? I will re-send the email again if you did not receive my last one.


    • Katie
      December 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Hello – no I didn’t receive it, can you re-send? Thanks

  31. AMY
    December 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Katie, you’re website is fantastic – great effort! I have too many food memories to write my most delicious food memory…but I do have a fondness for my dad’s back deck, with a sea breeze, and a bowl of mussels in garlicky, tomato broth, with fresh flat leaf parsley and fresh bread :)

    I’m heading to the US and Mexico for Christmas/NY so might have more delicious food memories when I return…

    x x Have a fantastic Christmas

  32. December 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    only one thing i could say to this page, they are all so yummy!

  33. Emilia Mejia
    December 20, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Tu blog está genial, me encantaria afiliarlo en mis sitios webs de Turismo y por mi parte te pediría un enlace hacia mis web y asi beneficiarnos ambos con mas visitas.

    me respondes a


  34. Lizzie
    December 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Love those photos Katie! I loved my Mom’s homemade butterhorn rolls with homemade crabapple jelly every Thanksgiving and Christmas…yum.

  35. Ellie
    December 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Looks beautiful! My most delicious food memory is eating Cao Lau, a noodle soup dish made only in Hoi An in Vietnam, with my mum. We found a street food stall with tiny tables and plastic chairs right next to the river. They served Cao Lau for less than a dollar and it was the best meal we ate in Vietnam. A perfect balance of silky noodles, crunchy fried crisps, fresh herbs, spicy chilli and tangy fish sauce. Just beautiful!

  36. Nicole
    December 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    My grandfather was a baker. I used to work for him every school holidays. At the busy times of the year, we would go back to the bakery about midnight ( I would fall asleep on the bags of flour in the flour room) and he would wake me up at about 4am to start work. The bakery overlooked a beautiful estuary, and the sun would rise over the island and the river. At dawn, the local “old boys” would wander in with their newspapers, dressing gowns and slippers or boots on for a chat and a cup of team as we would take our break. The machines would be off, and all would be quiet while we watched the dawn break. Out of the wood oven, I would have a white roll with melted butter and vegemite. The rolls glistened, the sun shone and the smell was heavenly. I would savour this peaceful moment as would my grandfather and the apprentice, and then back to work. My ultimate comfort food even now, is bread and vegemite!

  37. December 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Wonderful post! All of your images are so inspiring. I received your book as a Christmas present, which of course I already opened. I am trying hard to improve my photography and styling skills and you are a great roll model. Thank you Katie.

  38. December 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    These ideas are simply great.

    Loved them all!

  39. Toni
    December 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hi Katie,
    I couldn’t find the recipe for the Parmesan truffle popcorn with the link under the picture. I bought my husband truffle salt, on your recommendation, for Christmas. He loved it. Popcorn is one of his favorites, and I would love to have the recipe.

    • Katie
      December 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Hi Toni – the recipe is contracted to Delicious Mag unfortunately so I can’t give it out here on WKA for a few months. Any chance you could get your hands on a copy of Delicious Mag? Thanks K

  40. Stacey
    December 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I loved making the goodies from your delicious article this month – it’s my favourite part of the mag! I made the spiced nuts for family which were a massive hit. Today I served up the parmesan truffle popcorn when more family came to visit. It’s so fast and easy. I’m obsessed with truffle anything!!
    My most delicious food memory was in Camden, London where I came across an AMAZING jerk chicken stand which was washed down with the tastiest pina colada. I am in love with Caribbean this summer.

  41. January 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    You have a wonderful blog….love your work, photography and this post just made me wanna go buy something sweet! Happy new year!

  42. January 29, 2013 at 5:19 am

    This is a fantastic post. The food looks absolutely amazing and I’m sure it tastes just as nice

  43. Kristina
    January 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Katie – your photos and props are so inspiring. I love the jars and scoops for the chipotle BBQ meat rub! Could you share where you got them? Thank you!

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