One of the best feelings during the holiday season has to be rocking a friend’s house, carefully balancing the jars of homemade gifts. The moment of giving the gift feels like a delicious combination of love, pride and self-sufficiency that never gets old.
If you want to send these three emotions through the roof, choose to give a gift with bush food. First of all because the more people who cook with natural Australian food sources, the better. Second, because bush food tastes amazing. And third, because the more Australians we can inject at Christmas, the better; enough with the cozy snow scenes and overheated Santas, thank you!
So whip up some or all of these bush treats to give to a particularly special friend this season. Make sure to give your gift when you see them for the first time, don’t wait to leave. That way you could be offered a bite to eat!
River mint, high coffee
Chocolate coated coffee beans are always at the top of the gift list, especially when flavored with river mint and lemon myrtle. Great for snacking with your friend’s Christmas morning cup of tea.
Mint and hazelnut
Keep the river mint on hand, as it also makes fudge brownies extra special. Add a handful of macadamia nuts to add congratulations to the bush food.
Olive for alcohol
Of course, not everyone likes chocolate, but everyone loves olives. At least those who love olives really, really love olives. They will be particularly seduced by this jar of olives infused with lemon myrtle, lemon aspen and shiraz. Cheers!
Infuse your own bush spirits with this easy guide. It will take you longer to find a nice bottle than to compose the infusion.
Rae Johnston makes an indigenous dukkah made from macadamia nuts, acacia seeds, lemon myrtle, peppery berries and sesame seeds. If you’ve ever tasted each of these spices, you’ll know how delicious it is.
Aspen for lemons
Australia’s ‘native lemon’ tastes like a cross between a lemon and a grapefruit with added honey. It is certainly a flavor worth concentrating in a curd, dropping in a pastry cup and gifting to a friend.
Baklava says hello
The only way to make baklava better is to mix it with foods from the Australian bush like lemon myrtle, lemon aspen, and macadamias. It’s the Mark Olive touch that we’re happy to dance to all night long.
Short and sweet
Wrap macadamia and lemon myrtle shortbread for teachers, traders, bank tellers and postie. Everyone deserves a homemade thank you treat this year.
Picture this: a group of your best friends around your table making gingerbread huts. Or utes. Or tents. Now it’s sure to be the love / pride / blissful trio.
You don’t mind if we ladoos
Popular Indian sweet ladoos make a lovely gift, especially when infused with acacia and macadamia seeds. There is now a flavor combination that is fortunately becoming as popular as chocolate and caramel.
Never so brittle
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a giant slab of brittle. Here, the limes deliver the sour, the sandalwoods the sweet.
For very special friends, bring a bush fruit Christmas cake. It is a true declaration of love. And pride. And sufficiency.