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