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Gift giving! I love it love it love it !

I consider buying or making gifts, wrapping them and attaching a small note as a very pleasurable and feel-good experience, especially when you don’t know the person and you need to make sure you got it just right.

Recently, I am in love with charity shops and all the bargains you can get there. Last weekend I spotted an amazing vintage tin box at Oxfam. I bought it immediately because the box was so unusual and original and I knew it would work perfectly as a cookie box for my friend’s parents whom I was just about to visit in Germany. I baked a dozen of soft and finger-licking raspberry cookies (recipe by Princess Misia, the baking guru from Let’s get stupid together) and put them in the vintage box. I have to say, those brown-pinky cookies in this old fashion box turned into a very charming present

Keep your eyes open for authentic tin boxes – they can be quite useful nearer Christmas time…

I can already imagine those beautiful Xmas cookies in your jars, tins and paper boxes you sourced yourself in charity shops, markets or grandma’s attics! Besides, it can be quite an interesting credit crunch yummy gift idea

Raspberry cookies a la Princess Misia


by Asia(Jo)

You will need:
150g butter, soft
150g brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup spelt flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Preheat oven to 200°C. Sift flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. In separate bowl, cream butter with sugar using an electric mixer. Add vanilla extract and eggs and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Stir in raspberries (watch out not to break them too much). Chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 min. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop about 2 tablespoons of the dough per cookie into the baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!

by Asia(Jo)

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I love grilling! It is such an amazing way of cooking – fast, easy and full of flavours!

This recipe for chicken skewers is perfect for indoor and outdoor cooking. For those who don’t eat meat – it also works well with shrimps.

BTW, I found this recipe in my new cookbook (“The Complete Low-Fat Cookbook”), which I bought last week in a local charity shop for just ₤1! Those shops are worth checking – sometimes you can find there almost bright new cookbooks or incredible, out-of-print vintage ones. And the best thing about them is – they cost almost nothing!

Grilled chicken & vegetable skewers

Serves 3                          

You will need:

2 chicken breasts, diced

12  cherry tomatoes

12 small cup mushrooms

1 yellow pepper

2 baby courgettes

2 garlic cloves

rind of 1 lemon, grated

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp fresh or dry oregano

1/2 tsp finally grated rosemary (optional)

salt & pepper

8 – 10 wooden skewers


Soak wooden skewers in cold water to prevent burning. Combine all the ingredients together and season with sea salt and freshly grated pepper. Toss well. Marinate for 1 hour or longer. Thread a piece of chicken onto each skewer, followed by a tomato, pepper, mushroom and then courgette. Repeat till the end of the skewer. Place the skewers on a hot grill or grill pan and cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked and the tomatoes shriveled slightly. Serve immediately with a green salad and roasted potato wedges.

by Asia(Jo)

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