Edible gifts and Acts of Random Kindness
Edible gifts are nothing new, even in Ancient and Biblical times it was common practice to give something edible as a sign or respect and kindness. Whenever people had to thank God or ask for something, they would offer something edible…a lamb…a goat…an ox and the instruction was always that they had to share it! Afteral it was that edible plate of lentil soup that Jacob gave to is brother Esau that lost him his birthright! Snow White fell for an edible gift…a red apple and went into a deep sleep…. ok she did get the prince in the end and that is the moral of my story today…. giving is amazing and little Acts of Random Kindness can change people’s lives…..and it will change yours too!
Mother Theresa said: “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go”.
For me the joy of giving lies in the pre-meditated thought that precedes the actual giving. The thought that someone, a friend, a relative, a stranger…..a child needs to be uplifted today! That thought is always present in the heart of the giver. Maya Angelou said: ” I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver”.
This time of the year shops are overflowing with shelves upon shelves of edible gifts…chocolates, biscuits, candy, wine, cheeses and much, much more. Every magazine you open, has pages filled with ideas to make your own gifts…all good and wonderful, but what about the other 11 months of the year, what about the other 364 days…
Don’t get me wrong, this is the time of the year that families come together at holiday homes, around Christmas trees and around campfires, but it is also the time of year where many people commit suicide because they are so lonely… one Act of Random Kindness can change someones holiday, someone’s life!
Soft Honey Nougat
In my foodie travels I meet so many of you doing extraordinary things! One of the folks I put into this category is a gent called Coenie Visser. He is an ambassador for a very special organisation with the acronym ARK. Ark is a non-profitable origination with one goal and one goal only…to change people’s lives by doing and promoting one Act of Random Kindness per day!You can get involved as a company or as an individual. It will not cost you money or endless administrative red tape, but it will ask of you to do little good deeds along your way. On their website, I read this profound truth….
Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing”
.. WHAT HAPPENED?
Here’s what REALLY HAPPENED!
We got busy
We got busy with ourselves
We got busy with building a career
We got busy with finding a partner
We got busy with planning a family
We got busy with growing that family
We got busy with retiring
We got lonely, cause we found everybody else got busy with themselves!
So what’s the purpose of all this?
Well good grief, isn’t a little kindness enough now and then?
We’d like to show you how to regain what was once yours and help others do the same..
Through Acts of Random Kindness, we can slowly usher in a society that sees the importance of I because of the strength of WE!
Enough said, the edible gifts I am sharing with you today, are not cookies or fudge or candy, but rather something you will give to someone…… say a senior neighbor… a teacher working late….. friend who works shifts.. a spur of the moment thought. Something like a plate of food, I mean how many times a week do you have leftovers from your meals, why not dish it up and take it to someone who will LOVE you for it. You will feel amazing!
My Salad in a bottle idea came from the song Message in a Bottle by Sting! The message that “I care” is really in the bottle. I love giving edible gifts like these….. with all the different elements of the salad in separate containers, the recipient has happy thoughts right through his or her meal… Mission accomplished! Pack the salad in such a way that when it is decanted onto a plate, it will be a perfect salad. Whatever needs to be on top of your salad must be in the bottom of your jar/bottle!
Salad in Bottle
Ingredients – from bottom to top
The dressing can be found here:
Recipe is here:
Pack each ingredient in a small container and deliver in a beautiful Asian Take-out box
Cheesy Beer Breads
Giving someone a bread is truly a labor of love. It takes time to bake and it is time spent on giving…which is always a good thing. Even a quick beer bread, beautifully presented is a gift to cherish. Recipe for bread to follow next week!
Poached Peaches with Honey Nougat
My last idea for an edible gift, is based on a dessert I had at the new Diemersdal Restaurant made by chef Nic van Wyk! Poached peaches with soft honey nougat and granola with hazelnuts. Too yummee. I thought it would be an brilliant idea to deliver this dessert in almost a de-constructed from, each element in its own individual container… served, it looks like this…
Soft Honey Nougat – courtesy of Nic van Wyk Diemersdal
250g sugar a bit of water just to moisten the sugar
6 egg whites
Whisk the egg whites till stiff peak
Cook the honey and sugar to the soft boil stage 116c
Ad the the sugar then the honey to the egg whites while whisking
Ad some roasted chopped macadamia nuts if you prefer( we prefer!!!)
Spoon into some jars and start giving!
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This coming Saturday, I am cooking my behind off against the uber-talended Kristy Snell from Foodmonger and Jan Tripepe in a Dinner Diva semi-final. Do join us for lots of fun…… SABC 2, 8.30 Saturday 8 December!
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