This is my Christmas Gift Guide For Foodies And Cooks, so if that’s a description for one of the people you are buying for this Christmas, take a look at my selections.
Opies make some wonderful preserves using top quality ingredients and these are perfect for foodie types. There’s something here to suit everyone. For me making a luxury dessert with the Black Cherries in Kirsch sounds like just the thing. For those that like pickles, maybe the gherkins or for something a bit different like the Pickled Walnuts.
Perfect as a stocking filler or as part of a custom made hamper are these indulgent crisps from Savoursmiths. They’re available in Waitrose as well as Fortnam & Mason. Parmesan & Port seems the perfect Christmas flavour or maybe Wagyu Beef and Honey Mustard.
The Special Edition Gift Collection, Truffle Selection No 2 from Booja-Booja is truly a boxful of pleasure. This is a selection of different truffle flavours, but there are also single variety boxes available. Inside this selection box you’ll find Rhubard & Vanilla Fool, Hazelnut Chocolate, Stem Ginger Chocolate and Almond & Seasalt Caramel Chocolate Truffles.
If you have a food adventurer to buy for then going for something new and different often earns brownie points. Can I suggest jujube fruit, sometimes called the Red Date ,it’s new to the UK but has been widely enjoyed for health and well-being in the Far East for thousands of years. The red-coloured berry from the buckthorn family boasts 18 out of 24 important amino acids and their naturally sweet taste and date-like aroma makes them both a popular sweet snack and a versatile ingredient in baking, teas, on porridge, and even in stuffing. They are by Abakus Foods offered as the pitted whole fruit, crunchy jujube crisps, and jujube stuffed with a luxurious selection of walnuts, almonds, and cashews. Gift Jars are available from www.abakusfoods.com from £12.99 per jar. Retail packs are available on Ocado, Grape Tree, Wholefoods, Revital, independents.
With the Bakeoff on TV, home baking has enjoyed a real renaissance in recent years and bakeware accessories can make the perfect gift. I’m loving these wonderful polka dot measuring cups from Dexam, pretty, but practical too. And these Classic British Biscuits Cutters feature the spring-loaded dies you need to make your very own Custard Creams, Bourbons, Iced Rings and Jam Treats. It’s worth getting a Dexam Discount Code as saving a little cash will give you more to spend elsewhere and Christmas can be an expensive time.
For those who are cooking the turkey (or whatever roast you’ve gone for) may well appreciate the gift of a Thermapen to help them through the day. A super fast Thermapen thermometer is great way of checking the temperature of any meat you are cooking as it takes just 3 seconds to get a reading. The biomaster casing reduces bacterial growth and it has a water-resistant case.