[18] Christmas Mustard

Hey friends,

Time for another quick Christmas recipe – but this time it’s nothing sweet. After all the feasting on cookies and nonstop gingerbread-snacking, it’s a welcome change to have something savoury in between. 😉

This delicious Christmas mustard is quickly whipped together and makes such a great gift from your kitchen. In Germany it’s a tradition for many families to have sausages and potato salad for dinner at Christmas Eve and so the mustard can be put to good use right away. But even without a large side dish the mustard will shine, for example in a delicious salad dressing or to season sauces and gravy – try it for yourself!

Christmas Mustard

Christmas Mustard

Yield: makes about 2 small jars
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Spicy, christmas-sy and a fancy gift idea from the kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp ground cardamom (or gingerbread spice)
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 10 g ginger
  • the zest of one orange (about 3 tsp)
  • 100 ml English mustard
  • 100 ml Sweet mustard

Instructions

  1. Peel ginger and chop it finely, then mix it in a small bowl with orange zest, cardamom, chilli flakes, honey and English mustard. For a smoother texture you can blend the mix at this point. Finally, stir in the sweet mustard and mix well.
  2. Fill into in sterile jar, close tightly and decorate the jars or add nice labels. Stored in a cool place it will stay fresh for at least three months.

I think it’s great to have a hearty gift idea from the kitchen up your sleeve and I’m sure I will give away some of those jars at Christmas. Would that be something for you as well?

Stay sweet & HAPPY MUSTARD MAKING!

xx Kristin

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[3] DIY Indoor Fake Fire Basket

Hey friends,

One thing is for sure: I don’t think I ever struggled so much trying to come up with a title of a blog post! Fire basket … hmm, but without fire … then it should be called ‘fire’ … but that looks stupid … or fireplace … but it’s not a fireplace … and again – no fire! …

I then I had enough and decided to simply go for fire basket, because you aren’t stupid and surely will understand me without the ultimate name for it. Anyway, the idea behind it is as simple as it is ingenious: With a metal wire basket, a few logs and some string lights you can quickly create a decorative basket that looks as if the pieces of wood are burning in it. So you can a cosy atmosphere to your apartment in a flash!

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Looks like fire, creates a cosy mood like fire, but it's actually just a clever DIY made of wood and fairy lights.

Materials

  • 1 metal wire basket
  • 1 battery-operated fairy lights with 100 LEDs
  • about 8 logs

Instructions

  1. First of all, try how many pieces of wood fit in the basket or how many you want in there.
  2. Placed the logs standing upright in a row. Then wrap the string lights around one log after the other, always wrapping around each piece a few times.
  3. Now carefully place the decorated logs back inside the basket and arrange as desired. Now just turn on the lights and make yourself comfortable!
  4. TIP: If you turn on the fairy lights while you are wrapping, it will give you a better overview of how the LEDs are distributed.

So easy yet quite impressive, I think! I’m having it in my apartment for almost a year now and it’s getting used every evening that we spend at home – it’s love!

Perhaps you have a bright idea and can help me find a better, more acurate name for it? I would be grateful if it no longer had to be called ‘Fire Lights Thingy’ 😂

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin