Monthly Archives: October 2014

Thoughtful Food Gifts for Special Occasions

When you want the gift that you are giving to be as special as the occasion, you should consider a different presentation that will keep on giving throughout the year.  Including wine, chocolates, gourmet mustards, or cheeses can be the highlight of any party if you give some extra thought and plan the gift with care.  Let’s take a look at some of the wine and food gifts that you can present to your family and friends to mark the milestone in their life.


Choose Their Favourite Label

If you know their favourite wine, you can include a bottle in a gift basket along with some chocolates and teas to appeal to their tastebuds.  When your friends enjoy trying different types of wines, you can get them a wine subscription which delivers a new bottle of their choice each month or bi-monthly to their home.  This is a great way to provide a gift which they will receive over and over with each delivery; your friends can also learn a great deal more about wines and if they are wine lovers, this will be the ideal gift.

Personalised Glasses

To observe milestones such as anniversaries or retirements, you may want to have some special wine glasses etched with their name, date, and the event.  This will be a gift that they can cherish for years to come as they sip their evening wine by the fireplace and recall special moments they have enjoyed over the years.

Cooking Classes

When the person on your list enjoys cooking for friends and family, you may want to give them cooking classes where they can build on the skills that they already have.  They will meet others who have a passion for cooking and can perhaps share and receive some secret recipes that they can use for their next dinner party.  You should allow them to schedule their class time that best accommodates their daily routines; you can give a gift certificate with all of the contact information and let them take it from that point.

Special Gifts of Food

Everyone loves luxury food gifts that appeal to their tastebuds and delight their palates so consider making a basket of specialty items that your friends will enjoy.  You can include fabulous French mustards which are excellent cooking ingredients, White wines, and black truffles which will all delight the recipient.  You’ll want to mix a collection of gourmet items, some lovely finger foods, all presented in a beautiful basket accompanied with a touching card.

When you put some careful thought and shopping into the food gift that you give, your friends will know that you truly care and that this is a special gift.  It’s becomes more of a personal reflection of your relationship with the recipient and thus much more meaningful than many other gifts that they will receive.  Consider using your creativity for the next celebration to make a lovely food gift that keeps on giving after the event is over.

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Gift idea for my old boss

What birthday gift suits a former boss? Is it a bottle of red wine or chauvet slimpar 56? I’m not sure if he will appreciate any of those. How about a cooked food or dessert perhaps? I just want to give him something to thank him for his goodness.  He has been good to me and my husband. He appreciates my work attitude then. Sometimes he gave my husband an extra job which paid him a certain amount of money that we used to pay for the tuition of our children. So for his birthday, I would like to return the goodwill by giving him something. Since I have no better gift idea at the moment, I’d better check with his staff and ask them about their boss’ favorite dish.

Biggest Canned Tuna I’ve Seen

My family loves fresh (and canned) tuna.

I usually pan or deep fry cut tuna, make Sinigang (Tamarind broth) tuna belly, or make fish fillet out of fresh tuna I bought from the market.  Canned tuna, on the other hand, has always been my kitchen savior when I ran out of time to cook breakfast or dinner. Canned tuna is also best for making tuna sandwiches and as mixture for spaghetti sauces.

Mommies really have to be creative in preparing dishes for the whole family especially when they are dealing with picky eaters.  My kids, I should say, have passed through that stage (eventually).  Thank God! 🙂

My sister-in-law gave me this big canned tuna this morning. Another relative of ours brought this from General Santos City when she purchased a selador desire luster edison. Gensan, by the way, is known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.

This is the biggest canned tuna I’ve seen so far. It weighs 1705 grams or 60.14 ounces.  I wonder how many dishes I can make with this one?  🙂