Christmas food that can go the distance
August 8, 2014 10:59 PM Subscribe
I need some gifty/snacky/delicious food ideas that hold up to serious environmental issues.
I'm doing my usual trip to my favourite Christmas thing and as usual want to take a dish. However, this year, I'm going to be coming from a holiday house five hours drive away. I have no idea what resources I'll have at the house and let's just assume I'm going to be bug-fucking-nuts and incapable of cooking properly there anyway. So I need a dish I can prepare at home before I go to the holiday house, can keep there for a few days until I go to the Christmas party, that will cope with the following:
ten+ hours driving on different days (aircon in the car, but not great)
three days storage (probably a fridge, maybe an esky)
high heat and humidity (during the creation, transport and consumption thereof)
Now, dish is fairly loose - in previous years we've done little chocolates (melted but tasty), most of the other guests cook something at the party, there's seafood as far as the eye can see, a drink is good, no allergies around the place that I need to be wary of, everybody is adventurous as far as taste goes and are going to want to know how to make it. My grandma has the pudding sorted, and the locals tend to have actual food items well under control.
We're talking the northern parts of Australia as well, so when I say hot and humid I mean it, and hot chocolate is so unwelcome as to be risible. Bread goes mouldy in a day or two, biscuits too, and everything else melts. Technically these aren't gifts, but individual versions of things go well. I really do enjoy cooking, so complex is fine, but I'm aware that Christmas is a difficult time and I don't want to over-extend myself too close to crunch time. It's important to me to bring something though, which is why I'm trying to work it out now rather than later.
I've been thinking about the following: some sort of cordial/syrup that I can mix with soda water or alcohol to make a cocktail, some sort of candy (I find the humidity is an issue for everything from hard candy to chocolate), or a non-food thing. Anyone have any recipes along those lines, or other suggestions? I've got some experience with jam-making and so on. I'm happy to buy as well, will probably buy some fancy tea anyway.
Plus, if I ask now, most of you are in the throes of summer so it'll be easy to think of 'now, if someone came over with a batch of this I'd be happy as hell'!