Giving the Gift of Food
If you have a friend who has just had a baby, is recovering from an operation, or is just feeling a bit blue, forget flowers and chocolates - make them dinner instead.
Things to consider...
- Make something that will freeze just incase they need to pop it in the freezer.
- Make something which is easy and not too much hard work. If you have a tricky dish you may end up needing dinner cooked for you while you recover from the stress.
- Make something you enjoy to eat too, then you can make double quantities and you will have dinner for yourself at the same time.
- Make something rich and comforting. Forget salads.
- Make sure you check for any major household dislikes or allergies. This will prevent you accidentally making chicken satay for someone with a nut allergy.
- Make something easy to transport. You want it to still be in the dish rather than your boot when you drop it round.
Comforting meal ideas...
Time: 30 mins prep time + 30 mins baking
Cost: £1.20 (based on 6 people)
Calories: 655 per serving (based on 6 people)
Time: 20 mins prep + 2 - 6 hours cooking
Cost: £1.42 per serving
Calories: 332 per serving
Time: 20 minutes start to finish
Cost: 85p per serving
Calories: 436 per serving
I got this idea from Katie, who has a blog called Feeding Boys and a Firefighter. Simply tie a ribbon around the dish to make your meal into a gift. I like to wrap in brown paper or greaseproof paper as it looks a bit rustic. A gift tag which says what you have made and also some storing and re-heating instructions is also helpful.
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