Christmas, as you well know, gets expensive. Like, super expensive. And I go crazy at Christmas. Like, super crazy.
I come by it honestly, you should see the amount of things my Mom still buys for us at Christmas. We’re all adults, but she can’t help herself, and apparently I’ve got that gene, because I love buying gifts. I will max out my credit cards and spend every last penny buying things for other people. I love it, but it does me any good. No good at all.
The good news, is that I am one crafty woman, and in the last few years I’ve learnt to use this to make very thoughtful, useful, gifts. And lately, I’ve been focussing on making things that are simple, that people will actually use, and things that definitely don’t require your visa.
And I thought that you might want to make these things too. Because I tend to think we have a lot in common, you and me.
So for the next month I’ll be putting up a simple stocking stuffer idea every Sunday, prepping you up for Christmas, Hunukkah, or whatever you celebrate. Or, of course, for yourself.
I used to work at a wonderful trendy sandwich shop called Meat and Bread, where, along side their unbelievable porketta sandwich they sold homemade mustard, sambal, and salt rub. I had never used or thought much of salt rubs before then, but now I am hooked. I make them all the time, and I put them on everything. Fish? Chicken? Pork? Beef? Yes, yes, yes, yes. Seriously.
But it’s crazy to me that people buy them, they are so cheap to produce, and so simple to make. This is the salt rub I make most often, its full of rosemary, fennel, lemon, and a bit of chili. It’s good on just about everything, and it costs pennies to make. Win.
Fennel Citrus Salt Rub.
1L Coarse Salt
Zest of 3 Lemons
1/3 cup Fennel Seeds
1/4 cup Rosemary Seeds
2 Dried Chilis
4 Bay Leaves
Gently toast the fennel seeds in a small frying pan over low heat. Be careful not to burn them, take them out as soon as they get fragrant, not letting them get colour.
Put them in a spice grinder until it’s just cracked but not super fine.
Repeat this process with the rosemary.
Grind the chilies and bay leaves.
Mix all these tasty things with the salt and the lemon zest.
Put this mix into clean jars and label as you please!