One of my very stylish friends, Digella, always talks about how important beautifully wrapped gifts are. She is SO right! Yesterday, I spent the whole afternoon/evening wrapping pressies for all my fam and all C's fam. They didn't turn out as beautifully as I'd have hoped- but they are simple, which was what I was after.
Wrapping was actually lots of fun, even though C got a bit sick of Neil Diamond Christmas Album being on repeat. For occasions such as this, I think I am going to request a number of Christmas Albums for Christmas this year, so I can compile a Christmas carol super list, this will probably drive C insane/ spell the end of our relationship! (Just Kidding!) Thought I would pop a photo in so you can see what vibe I was going for.
I also decided to wrap the box/hamper I am giving C's family for Christmas. Speaking of hampers, I have had major difficulties getting any inspiration for Christmas lunch (as previously discussed- feel free to give me your deets), but luckily I have already got the pressie side of things sorted.
I know there are heaps of places around that offer pre-made hampers, but I like to carefully select each ingredient knowing that they will be used. When I buy the ones that are already put together, I know there are jars of random stuff that will sit at the back of the cupboard!!
I visited Black Pearl Epicure and got most of the ingredients there, as well as a lovely rich fruit cake ($34.5) from the Gourmet Gallery who I visit at the Noosa Farmer's markets. The rest of the additions aren't necessarily the most gourmet items, but I know they will come in handy over the Christmas period when C's Mum and Dad have lots of family visiting.
I included Bellata Gold fettuccine, Simon Johnson organic ketchup, Murray River salt flakes, Hank's Cherry Seeded Mustard and Ginger Chutney 4 Ham, Rinaldi Orange Blossom Honey - roasted Almond Nougat, Herbies Spices Chermoula spice mix - complete with recipe from the lovely Emma, Maggie Beer's Seville Marmalade, Gwydir Grove Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nobili Sapori 6 year old Balsamic Vinegar and J Friend and Co NZ Artisian Honey- Beechwood Honeydew. All this cost about $110. Super happy to have all the shopping for C's fam done in one hit, and even happier knowing the hamper is customised towards them.
Now, all that is left to do is plan my Christmas menu. Argh- I'm starting to stress a little bit- it's never been this late in December before, without me having some kind of idea of at least the theme! Off I go to spend the rest of the day reading old Christmas versions of Gourmet Trav and Delicious!
So.. I know I already asked this last week- but if you didn't contribute, please tell me... WHAT ARE YOU HAVING FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH!!?!?
Black Pearl Epicure
36 Baxter Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
07 3257 2144
Noosa Farmer's Markets
Every Sunday morning