Homemade Christmas Treats

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Merry Christmas you guys! I hope you’re having a lovely time with family and friends! And I hope you’re still in your PJs, with a good bad Christmas movie. I’m getting ready to watch Bridget Jones and The Holiday while preparing my house for our guests. I can recommend it to anyone.

A while back, I was invited by UGG for a night of cooking with Marta Majewska a.k.a Princess Misia. One of the cosiest events of 2014, without a doubt! Over at Nomad, we actually got a few tips from Marta on how to make food Christmas Gifts, but since it’s december 25th already and I’m guessing you already have your gifts, that’s not going to happen. That’s why I’m telling you: make this as a treat for yourself, or as a little hostess gift when you’re entertaining! I’m doing that for a few dinner parties this week. They’re easy and perfect for the season!

Here are my three favorites of the night: Homemade granola, Mango Tea blend and Herb Salt.

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Homemade Granola

This is the perfect thing to have in the oven on a morning like this because the smell will absolutely enchant you.

For 1 jar:
160 g of nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds)
280g rolled oats
100ml maple syrup
some dried fruits if you like.

Preheat the oven to 150 ° C. Mix all ingredients in a bowl except for the fruit (you can coarsely chop the nuts first). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly over the plate. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and put in a nice glass jar.

Check out the other granola recipes on Martha’s blog here.

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Mango Tea Blend

For 1 bag:
50 g loose tea (I prefer green but you can use black)
4 pieces of dried mango
2 tablespoons coconut shavings

Grate the coconut shavings on a dry pan until lightly colored. Cut mango into small pieces. Mix tea with mango and coconut and put in a bag.

Another homemade Tea blend idea on Marta’s blog here.

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Salt with mushrooms and pepper grains

For 1 big jar or 4 small jars:
4 tablespoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons dried mushrooms
2 teaspoons pepper colored grains

Put the mushrooms in a food processor and grind them to a powder. Mix the salt with the mushroom powder and the pepper grains. Put the salt mix in a glass jar or 4 small jars.

More herb salt ideas on Marta’s blog here!

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Thank you UGG for the lovely invitation, Marta for the tips & my fellow bloggers Gilles, Marijs, Paulien, Kim, Elien, Julie & Valerie for the lovely time.

All images by Filip De Smet