Macadamia Dukkah

Working for myself has so so many benefits the best of which being that I get to be home with my boys but there are a few things I miss out on. Besides daily interaction with more than a few adults the thing that I really missed was Secret Santa.

I remember when I was in primary school Secret Santa was such a big deal. We would all draw our recipient and then in the few weeks leading up to the end of the year we would leave little hints about Santa’s (ours) identities. I loved it!

When I worked in an office, I always volunteered to organise Secret Santa. Where other’s cringed at the idea I jumped at it.

Macadamia Dukkah via www.clairekcreations.comA few years ago I came up with the Foodie Secret Santa where a group of food bloggers are each allocated three others to send a delicious edible gift. Then we share the recipes on our blogs. 

Macadamia Dukkah via www.clairekcreations.comOne of the best things I made was macadamia dukkah. It’s super simple to make, can be made in bulk and looks great in little jars. One year I gifted it with a little bottle of olive oil and it was very well-received.

20151211_5Q4A7811Apart from dipping warm bread in olive oil, then into some crunchy dukkah and devouring it, there are lots of other ways to enjoy macadamia dukkah:

  • fold it into your favourite hommus or dip
  • sprinkle it on top of eggs
  • toss vegetables in olive oil and dukkah and bake
  • whisk into salad dressing
  • mix with natural yoghurt and use as a sauce for meat
  • add to crumb mix for crispy chicken

So many uses for something so simple right? The thing I like most about giving edible gifts is that you know it’s something someone will use and won’t just add to clutter.

What about you? Do you make any of your Christmas gifts?

These are the goodies from the rest of the Santas that year:


Macadamia Dukkah via

p.s. I get all my ingredients for making dukkah from The Wholefood Collective. You can get 10% off with the code ClaireK10 if you purchase before December 9, 2017.

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Macadamia Dukkah
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Serves: 1½ cups
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C(356F) fan-forced.
  2. Lay the nuts on a lined baking sheet and roast until golden (about 10 minutes) then set aside to cool.
  3. Heat a frying pan then gently toast the sesame seeds until golden.
  4. Transfer them to a bowl and set aside to cool.
  5. Put the coriander and cumin in the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant then add to the bowl with the sesame seeds.
  6. When the nuts are cooled, pop them in a food processor and process for a couple of seconds until chopped up finely.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients and process again for a few seconds or until it reached the consistency you want.
  8. Don't over-process or it will turn into a paste.
  9. Divide between sterilised jars.



  • merry xmas claire to you and yours. have a safe and happy xmas. xx

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply December 19, 2015

    Thanks for the dukkah, Claire. It was lovely to have you as one of my Santas. I love dukkah on Turkish bread – it makes a great appetiser xx

  • I love dukkah whether it’s dipping fresh bread in it or using it to crust chicken or fish. I’ve added some macadamia nuts to my homemade but I’m dying to make yours!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 18, 2015

      Yep, how good is fresh bread dipped in olive oil and dukkah?!

  • Lyn Richardson

    Reply Reply December 17, 2015

    I really enjoy your blog
    Would it be possible to post some nice salad dressings especially the non creamy types
    I wish you a very merry Christmas and all the joy with your boys
    Regards Lyn

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 18, 2015

      Hi Lyn. Thanks so much! I shall add salad dressings to my list for next year and see what I can come up with. Merry Christmas to you too!

  • Diane Jogia

    Reply Reply December 17, 2015

    What a simple recipe! Thanks for the ideas, maybe I’ll make home-made gifts a resolution for next Christmas. Most of my gifts these days are “consumables”, not things that will sit around and collect dust. I give things like jams, nice chocolates, delicious biscuits, special wines, fragrant shower gels and hand cremes, calendars that have wonderful pictures or inspiring verses/sayings, movie gift cards, even iTunes cards :). One of my friends made her own gifts this year – she gave me a vanilla scented candle made in a Royal Albert teacup (I love candles!).

    • Claire

      Reply Reply December 18, 2015

      They’re my favourite type of gift Diane! I think they’re the best to give because you know they’ll be used. How lovely of your friend!

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