Monday 17 December 2018

Say it with food...

The thing about an approaching year end is the number of people you realise you’d like to acknowledge. Here in the UK there’s a fading tradition to tip various service providers, but it’s a difficult thing to do, (if only logistically) and if you start that with tips for a few great service providers, where do you stop? My list would be huge.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m a feeder. Food is a treat for me and I like it when other people feel the same. So, during December and because I’m ostensibly at home to do these things, I bake. Only mince pies and occasionally, biscuits. The advantage of this is two fold, frequently I am able to offer a couple of fresh mince pies to a delivery guy or the postie. And I get to have the oven on, which in my tiny kitchen, is as good as any heating at a time of day when I’m really too mean to actually use the central heating!

Last month (late!), I made these individual Christmas cakes. I’ve finally made time to ice and package them; they are for the staff at my lovely Mama’s care home - you know, the people I’ve never met who do her laundry and cook her meals and clean her bedroom. It’s not a huge gift, but I want them to know that ‘backstage’ or not, we notice their work and appreciate it, they are essential to Mama’s well being.

Back in the day when I was a sales rep, we used to trot around to customers with bottles and diaries. Mr Dunnit would come home laden with bottles and erm, girly calendars and occasionally something really nice! But that was always just lip service really, to a ‘good’ customer or an excellent supplier.

These days, I hope a small home made edible is enough. If you’re in my neighbourhood, call do the vacuuming and I’ll warm you a mince pie.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I think food as a gift at Christmas never goes out of style. I like to give a plate of cookies to neighbors and my postal carrier. It's a small thought, but it lets them know I appreciate them.

Sue said...

Hi Julia, Well my going rate is two mince pies and a quick snog under the mistletoe with the man of the house:) LOL

We use to give a large tin of Roses or similar to mums care home. Hopefully everyone got to have a few.

Hope you have had a good start to the week. Sue

Helen said...

they look gorgeous and I am sure they will be greatly appreciated. I haven't made anything (bought plenty; which isn't quite the same) We often get thank you gifts of chocolates or wine from happy homeowners we've helped, which is lovely. Not sure my vacuuming skills can be bought for a mince pie though, I practically had to dust mine when I used it yesterday!

shazsilverwolf said...

HI Julia, the cakes look fab, and individual Christmas cakes I'd not thought of, I will be trying to remember for next year. Love & Hugs, Shaz XXX

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Wishing I lived around the corner !! Yummy. I usually take a tray of goodies to Mother's Manor also. Maybe in January something for their breakroom.