Save with Jamie and Some Edibles

Getting people gifts and I mean absolutely amazing gifts, I believe is an art. I say this because I am one of those people who struggle to choose a gift for someone. Anyone who has accompanied me to go get a gift can attest to that. I think I have it figured then when I get there – I pick, return, look, think, ask, pick again – it’s a ridiculous process. My mind runs wild. Thing is, I happen to be a very functional person. By functional I mean, I would rather get someone something I feel they need (even better when I know it’s what they actually need) rather than what others say they want or what their personality is. Twisted huh? I want to make sure that I have been able to satisfy one of their needs, and hopefully, saved them a headache.

As with relationships, it’s necessary to gift your partner on significant dates – Birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries, and in-betweens, just because. When you date someone for some reasonable time, you’ve probably already gone through the ‘shirts, trousers, shoes, boxers, cuff links, ties, socks, a wallet, and belt’ phase. If anything, they have an excess of those, because it’s never enough. So as I was brainstorming on what to get my dear man for Christmas – there was even a mental list created, with tick boxes, some ticked with a note saying *near future. I mean, we also don’t want to dent wallets because these dates can be quite close together.

Foodie, Recipe, Jamie Oliver, Pork, Mashed Potatoes, Spinach
The meal is:- Mashed potatoes and pumpkin, made with some milk and butter to taste. Sauteed Spinach and Kunde (aka cowpea leaves). Grilled Pork Chops glazed with some special homemade sauce.

It’s always a mental process for me, but I finally settled on a book. I know he’s not quite the novel reader, I remember I once got him Aleph – Paulo Coelho, and I ended up reading it. But he loves cooking and I remembered him always tagging ‘Jamie Oliver’ on his food pics, and I would wonder who this guy is. Yeah, before I got that cook book, the main international chef I could say I really knew about was Gordon Ramsey. And then I came across Jamie Oliver – at the book store, and I was sold. Of course I later on went on to stalk him on his website and YouTube channel. And we definitely want to have his kind of kitchen, too much goodness in there.

His book is all kinds of interesting and ‘life-saving’. He advises on how to cook different types of meats and veggies, how to store them, basically, how to ‘shop smart, cook clever, waste less’ . The ingredients are just the usual that you can easily get at your local veggie store or butchery, nothing out of this world. You know some of those recipes you read, and you just wonder what those things they’ve put in that recipe are. And chances are that you’ll forgo cooking it because you just can’t deal with those ingredients, or make something entirely different with what you have available. With this book, it’s like he had a Kenyan in mind.

So, what criteria do you use to get people gifts? Do you do functional, or do you look at someones personality and match it with something, or do you imagine what they would possibly like?

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*