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A Cornucopia of Ideas for All Those Last-Minute Gift-Giving Needs : Holidays: From sausage to sushi, exotic foods make gifts of good taste.

December 14, 1989|ROSE DOSTI | TIMES STAFF WRITER

You've decided to give exotic food gifts this year, but what kind, and where do you find the ingredients? Here are some last minute food gift-giving ideas.

SAUSAGES--Wursts and sausages (whole, halves, large quarters), might include Finnish/Danish summer sausage/Italian capocolla or homemade hot Italian sausage, German sausages, French or New Orleans andouille or fresh Russian veal sausages. Or stick to one kind and round out a basket with accompanying crackers, a beautifully wrapped cutting knife and board.

Source: Sausages are available at any gourmet food shop. Russian sausages, Ron's Grocery Co., Hollywood; Dutch, Jaynel Dutch Imports, Los Angeles; German, European Deluxe Sausage Co., Beverly Hills, and Weihnachtsmarkt, Woodland Hills; Spanish sausages, La Spanola, Lomita.

DIPPED FRUIT--Bottoms of large, plump dried figs, apricots, peaches and pears are dipped in fine melted Belgian chocolate.

Source: Homemade or purchase at most any fine candy store.

CHEESE--A dome-covered cheese dish with knife. Inside place a hunk of English Stilton. Supplement the gift with a bottle of good Port wine to go with the cheese.

FOR THE RECORD - Correct Name for Deli
Los Angeles Times Thursday December 21, 1989 Home Edition Food Part H Page 38 Column 4 Food Desk 2 inches; 46 words Type of Material: Correction
Weihnachtsmarkt, meaning "Christmas market" in German, was erroneously substituted for the name of the deli where German cold cuts are sold in an article on last-minute gifts in the Dec. 14 Food Section. The name of the deli is German Cold Cuts International, 6019 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 883-8051.

Source: Any gourmet cheese shop or supermarket. Cheese Shop, Beverly Hills.

MUSTARDS--A collection of homemade mustards, including Champagne mustard, Chinese hot mustard. Use beautiful jars or jugs (antique or new) and arrange them on a tray or wrap them in colorful paper and ribbon to present in a decorative shopping bag.

Source: Homemade; use basic cookbook or other source for recipe or any gourmet food shop or supermarket.

JELLIES- Wine jelly or aspic presented in a beautiful or antique mold. Requires quick delivery with instructions to refrigerate at once.

Source: Homemade; use basic cookbook or other source for recipe or any gourmet food shop or supermarket.

BREADS--A group of freshly baked international type breads, such as Pumpernickel or other black bread, Italian Tuscan bread, Russian rye, or Dutch black bread.

Source: Italian bread, Il Fornaio, Los Angeles; Dutch, Jaynel, Los Angeles; Russian, Ron's Grocery Co., Hollywood, or European Gastronome, Hollywood.

CROQUEMBOUCHE--A large or small caramelized cream puff pyramid to give as an edible centerpiece ready to crack into for a holiday party.

Source: Paris Bakery, West Los Angeles; Federico's.

PERSIMMONS--A basketful of gorgeous, ripe persimmons decorated with lemon leaves makes a pretty host gift.

Source: Los Angeles Produce Market, or supermarkets.

RED AND GREEN--A basketful of Fuerte avocados and hot house tomatoes decorated with lemon leaves.

Source: Supermarkets.

GAME BIRDS--A brace of ducks or flock of game birds, plucked and ready to cook with a recipe card added. A brand new enamel roasting pan can double as the container, decked with boughs of holly.

Source: Irvine Ranch Market; Specialty Foods International, Santa Monica; or other gourmet poultry stores.

COFFEES--Several bagfuls of luxury coffees such as Blue Mountain, international coffees and/or blends for coffee aficionados. Add a filter coffee pot or mugs.

Source: Coffee shops or any gourmet food store; Yaohan market, Little Tokyo, for Blue Mountain.

CHINESE TEAS--There is nothing like a beautiful tea caddy filled with exotic Chinese teas from a Chinese tea house for aficionados. Add a miniature antique teapot for individual servings.

Source: Ten Ren Tea, Chinatown.

THAI TEA--Thai tea and coffee. Add a set of handsome tall glasses or a can of sweetened condensed milk, plus a recipe.

For Thai Tea: Steep one teaspoon Thai tea in hot water. Fill glass with ice cubes and add tea and sweetened condensed or evaporated milk to taste. Stir until frothy.

Source: Any general Oriental (Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai) grocery stores.

SUSHI--A gorgeously decorated tray of sushi from a favorite sushi restaurant or shop or brought in a bento box.

Source: Katsu restaurant, Silver Lake; Yaohan market, Little Tokyo.

TEA CAKES--Japanese tea cakes packed in a Japanese lacquer tray.

Source: Mikawaya, Little Tokyo; Yaohan, Little Tokyo.

TIGER PRAWNS--A basketful of air-flown tiger prawns from Indonesia would make any shrimp lover happy.

Source: Specialty Foods International, Santa Monica; Irvine Ranch Market; Gelson's; Bristol Farms.

ONIONS--A package of Maui onions from Hawaii for making onion rings. Add a recipe for battered onion rings and a skillet for people on your list who love fried onion rings.

Source: Irvine Ranch Market; Gelson's, Supermarkets.

CURRY--Pack makings for Indian or British curry and condiments in a large copper or other saucepan.

Source: Bezjian's Middle Eastern market, Hollywood; C & K Imports, Hollywood.

ARBORIO--Anyone who loves risotto will love to get a bagful of fine arborio rice from the Po region of Italy. Add a saucepan, wooden stirring spoon, a few cans of good quality broth and a recipe.

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