foodie_gifts

A homemade gift for foodies

Why not try this present idea for friends or family members who love to cook and entertain?


Instead of buying the same old present ideas, why not put together a gift pack for an aspiring chef to make his or her own pasta?

Pasta-making kit

You will need:
•homemade tomato and basil sauce (recipe below)
•strong flour

•semolina

•dried Italian herbs
•ravioli cutter
•glass jars (washed old jars or bought cheaply from any supermarket, you’ll find them in the food container aisle)
•wooden box

To make:
1. Repackage the flour, semolina and herbs into glass jars.
2. Prepare a ready-to-use pasta sauce (see recipe below).
3. Make matching labels to stick on the bags, jar and bottles.
4. Arrange all the items, including a ravioli cutter, in a wooden box that you have lined with the paper of your choice. A pasta cookbook makes a nice addition, too.

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Tomato and basil pasta sauce

Makes: about 500ml Ingredients
•8 plum tomatoes
•30ml olive oil
•1 onion chopped

•1 clove of garlic crushed

•5ml tomato paste

•handful fresh basil, roughly chopped

To make:
1. Use a small knife to remove the tomato stems and cut a shallow cross at the bottom.
2. Cover the tomatoes with boiling water. Leave for 3-5 minutes until the skin loosens. Drain the water and pull off the skins. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Set aside.
3. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Sauté the onion until soft. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and season with salt, freshly ground pepper and a pinch of sugar.
4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
5. When the sauce is thick, remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Add the basil and use a stick blender to blend the sauce until smooth.
6. Pour into a sterilised bottle or jar. Seal and cool completely before sticking a label on the bottle.

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SANoaman

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Brilliant idea ������

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Sapik01

Sapik01

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You can also blitz the tomatoes in a food processor for a smoother sauce

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Jaya K

Jaya K

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I love cooking different cuisines. I've always wanted to know how to make pasta sauce. I've always bought it but think freshly cooked food is better, healthier and tastes nicer. As it's homemade, you know exactly what's in it. Fresh organic vegetables are a lot cheaper if bought from a greengrocer but better still if you grow

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LMFF2008

LMFF2008

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Fab idea with a personal touch. This idea is also great by changing the ingredients to bake cakes/cookies too. Adding cake cases, cookie cutters and edible decorations and chocolatw buttons. ;-)

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shon112

shon112

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What a lovely idea, most homemade food gifts tend to be sweet so this is a lovely change and would certainly encourage recipient to get busy in the kitchen.

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