Chocolate thins and nut brittle: Rachel Roddy's recipes for sweet Christmas gifts | A kitchen in Rome

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These easy walnut and honey brittle biscuits and little chocolate, nut and currant sweets make for glorious festive gifts “Light candles, gather shrubbery, do it, do it now,” was Signe Johansen ’s advice the other day: small rituals against dark days. Advice is like plastic: there is just too much of it, and I am like plastic in the face of most advice – stubborn and impermeable. But this advice came at just the right moment, so I took it. Also because I neededbay leaves (which come from bay trees, I know, but which can also be shrubs. Or are they a plant that cannot decide if it is a tree or a shrub? A trub? In which case, I needed trubbery.) One day, I hope to have a garden with mounds of herbs, a tree I can climb and a folly. But, until I do, I gather shubbery, trubbery and herbs, in small quantities, from the scraggy fringes of Monte Testaccio, once an ancientrubbish dump and now Rome’s wildest hill. Bay –alloro in Italian – is a particularly satisfying leaf to collect; it requir ▶ Full story on theguardian.com
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