Holiday Food Guide / For the holidays, who better to turn to for food and drink gifts than those in the industry? We asked the experts (including the author, the Weekly’s Food and Drink editor) for their holiday gift recommendations.
Recommendation by: Jennifer Hee, Kale’s Natural Foods cook and baker
“I think most people see the holidays as a time of indulgence and consumer excess,” Hee says, “but I think the vegan personality tends to live a more minimalist lifestyle, upcycling and repurposing, giving gifts wrapped in homemade love and not Neiman Marcus boxes.”
Assemble your own gift basket
A bright and colorful small ($20) or medium ($34.99) woven basket made by Northern Ghana unwed mothers (surely, we jest) from the Fra Fra tribe can be stuffed with any of the following:
• Ecohashi, a line of pretty cloth napkins wrapped around reusable bamboo chopsticks ($10)
• Whole grains and specialty legumes (Kokua Market)
• Tofu Scramble Survival Kit: Kaiulani Hot Exotic Curry Spice, Nutritional Yeast, Braggs, and a recipe (about $13)
• Homemade takuan made from local daikon
• Licious Dishes’ Grainless Granola ($11)
• PB + J for Grown Ups – Maranatha Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter and any one of a number of local honeys — lots of delicious varieties, including lehua, kiawe, and mac nut.
“Post-holidays, the basket would be perfect to take to the farmers’ market,” says Hee.
Seeds of Change packet, organic soil and “something really awesome, like an old bread loaf pan” to repurpose and use as a planter.
Seeds grown for Hawaii soils are available through the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). Go to the website: http://[www.ctahr.hawaii.edu] Most home garden packets cost a dollar. The seeds are also sold at Second Saturdays in the Pearl City Urban Garden Center and sometimes at the KCC Farmers’ Market.
Leslie Ashburn of Macrobiotic Hawaii. “I would totally give this to my friends who are interested in eating healthier, using–gasp!–vegetables and whole grains–but don’t know where to start.”
“A year’s supply of B Complex Vitamins would be hysterical–and appreciated by any vegan I know!”