As many of you know, I live in one of the most beautiful cities – Cluj-Napoca. Where food, culture, history, buildings, ex-communism, foreign languages, festivals, suck you all into this realm of ‘Metropolitan’ buzz and happiness.
What many of you didn’t know is that if anything annoyed me and my nut butter eating friends (especially the vegans), about this city is it’s lack of nut butters. Yes, you read that correctly. No, I’m not crazy (maybe just a little bit). But seriously, nut butters are near impossible to find and when you do find them in the health stores, the prices are crazy (I’m talking roughly £10 a jar, contrasting to England where I pay £2.47 a jar). Also, did you know that it is literally impossible to find cashew butter over here? Simply because it’s so expensive to stock.
So, anyways, I’m always using nut butter in my recipes whether it being peanut, almond, hazelnut or cashew butter and some friends that live close by told me that they’d love to try some of my recipes except they couldn’t find any nut butters (exception of peanut butter) on the supermarket shelves.
Then it hit me, The ‘Nutty Present’ idea. As you can see in the picture below, I made a trio of nut butters, made cute little labels, decorated the top of the baby food jars with rhinestones, made some pink paper ‘hay’ for presentation, placed those in a bowl (which was part of the present too)… Annnnnd voila!
There you have it, a present that is free from salt, sugar, additives, preservatives just raw, roasted and blended nuts to make beautifully smooth and tasty nut butters. Not only that, but it is also a cost effective present for those on a tight budget wanting to give someone you care for a beautiful present. It’s healthy, homemade and makes the cutest little present for someone who’s into this kinda thing (who wouldn’t be?!).
Note: I made this as part of a present to someone, and it was adored not only by her but by those at the party. I was nervous the first time, but it went down so well I’m sure to make these in the near future for other loved ones (Christmas is soon right?).
So here’s to a bit of inspiration to all the nutters out there!