An edi­ble present, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and wrapped – if the cap­tain doesn’t eat it all first

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Vicky makes a very easy sweet treat, that could be used as a Christ­mas gift to give

Liv­ing on the canal, it’s easy to be­come iso­lated from the out­side world. Some morn­ings we awake not know­ing if it’s a Mon­day or a Fri­day. We need the ra­dio or the iPhone to re­mind us.

An au­di­ble alert a few days in ad­vance on the phone’s cal­en­dar is an of­ten vi­tal re­minder to buy cards or presents for spe­cial events like birth­days. What on earth would we do with­out mod­ern tech­nol­ogy? And now I am be­ing re­minded daily through Face­book that Christ­mas is com­ing for the Christ­mas fa­nat­ics seem to have been count­ing down the days since sum­mer­time and start post­ing images of their over- dec­o­rated tree al­ready in place.

I don’t want to sound too much like a ‘tight fisted’ boater but Christ­mas seems to have been turned into an out of con­trol frenzy of spend­ing when gifts are ex­changed that we don’t like and don’t need and which by New Year, are al­ready on the shelves of the lo­cal char­ity shops.

I’m afraid this year is go­ing to be no dif­fer­ent to all the oth­ers for us. The grand­chil­dren, as al­ways, will get spe­cial and ex­cit­ing presents as it’s their en­thu­si­asm that makes Christ­mas a unique time for all. For ev­ery­one else on the present list, I’m go­ing to make a pre­serve or choco­late del­i­cacy, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and wrapped, made with love and which are al­ways looked for­ward to and en­joyed.

This sea­son’s good will from the cap­tain and my­self will come in the form of Tof­fee Brit­tle. That’s if the cap­tain doesn’t fer­ret away the stock and eat it!

Al­though it con­tains quite a lot of naughty sug­ars in var­i­ous forms, it does also have plenty of flaked al­monds in it too, which tick the box for healthy eat­ing. And af­ter all it is Christ­mas and a lit­tle of what you fancy does you good.

There are a few cau­tions be­fore you start. The tof­fee reaches a treach­er­ously high tem­per­a­ture so keep small helpers well away and if pos­si­ble, cook it in the pan on the back of your cooker for added safety. Wear long sleeves while stir­ring, too, just in case you get a di­rect hit from a spit.

You can use salted peanuts in­stead of al­monds, in which case, don’t add the salt the recipe lists. And lastly, it’s not a good idea to give this tof­fee to those who are den­tally chal­lenged. It’s called tof­fee brit­tle for a rea­son!

‘Al­though it con­tains quite a few sug­ars, it also has plenty of flaked al­monds in it too, which tick the box for healthy eat­ing’

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