An initiative of Claire has been to gather willing food-blogger participants together and organise a ‘Secret Santa’ where we send a gift to three food bloggers. Claire’s husband organises the draw and then sends you an email letting you know who your gift recipients are.
But first I had to make something.
I wanted to give gifts that hopefully would be useful on Christmas Day. As ham and turkey are traditionally served, I gave each of my three recipients a jar of cherry chutney to serve with ham and a jar of cranberry sauce to serve with turkey. Knowing this ‘Secret Santa’ was a ‘given’, all year I saved my jars to I’d be ready for the sauces I knew I wanted to make.
While I was well-prepared with my jars, I hadn’t taken into consideration their weight once the jars were filled. Maybe next year I’ll send feathers. No matter, I was very happy with how both the cherry chutney and the cranberry sauce turned out.
What are the rules for a Secret Santa? I thought it was that you had to keep who it is you are sending your gift to a complete secret but then reveal yourself as they unwrap the gift. So that’s what I did with ‘Hotly Spiced’ all over everything and a personal Christmas card from me.
Was I the only one?
Because the three gifts I received were all mystery packages with no clue as to who sent them. I would like to acknowledge them in this post but alas, I don’t have the skills for detective work.
The first gift to arrive in the post was from a ‘no-name’ but there was a clue given that the packaging revealed a logo. Minor detective work told me it has come from Miss Foodie. It’s a bag of toasted muesli that after all the feasting and after all the regretting of the over-indulgences, is a great way to kick-start some healthy habits. I thought the gift was very nicely packaged.
The next parcel on my doorstep was some Sugared Pecan Balls. I don’t even think Inspector Clueso would be able to work out who sent these. Unfortunately they didn’t fair well in the post and arrived completely smashed. There is nothing in the packet but crumbs which is such a shame as I love the sound of what they were meant to be.
The last parcel I received was a gorgeously packaged and festively packaged little box of biscotti. Again, I don’t know who it’s from but I do love the Santa packaging.
It’s not really the fault of the sender that I don’t know who sent these because there was a card attached, it’s just when I took leave from my watch, it was chewed by my dog and now I can’t read the name on the card. What were the odds!
I’m taking the biscotti to a carol’s night where it will be enjoyed with a relaxing beverage while I hold a candle and sing a carol.
I’m very grateful for all my gifts and have very much enjoyed being involved in the Foodie Secret Santa. A big thanks to Claire for taking up the initiative and all her organising efforts.