I do enjoy picking out foodie gifts whether it’s simply to enjoy like a nice bottle of wine or if it’s to help in the creation of something rather special in the future like kitchen gadgets. I appreciate both sorts of gifts myself and it’s nice to have items that you can use for years that you can remember receiving as gifts. With that in mind I’ve picked out a selection of goodies to enjoy and equipment to relish using for this year’s Christmas foodies gift guide.
Christmas can always seem like a boozy affair, but there are many people who can’t drink at Christmas for health reasons, maybe because of work commitments or simply because they are the designated driver. Whatever the reason, it’s nice to have an alternative that feels like a bit of a treat in its own right like Botanique. Botanique is a botanical drink aimed at wine lovers and version I tried was formulated to mimic a dry white wine. It has just 17 calories a glass, but it doesn’t feel like you are missing out on anything when you are drinking it. It’s billed as a satisfying alternative to alcohol that also replaces nutrients. So often I find that non-alcoholic drinks are just too sweet and I like the dry, fresh taste of Botanique; they seem to have got it right.
Mason Cash make lovely traditional cookware. I remember my mother using one of their big brown bowls for the Christmas pudding stirring. I love that now you can get all sorts of different colours and in particular, my favourite colour red. Check out their Colour Mix range for sturdy good quality mixing bowls, pudding basins and batter bowls in a wonderful range of hues. A thoughtful gift for the cook in your life.
Being a keen foodie doesn’t have to be incompatible with eating a healthy diet, so I’ve picked out something that tastes delicious and is very healthy too. Berry Beauty from Super U is a great way to enjoy an antioxidant rich superfood blend each and every day. This blend is full of good things like blackcurrant, chia seeds, goji berries and cranberries. I love the coconut bowls and spoon they also offer as sustainable tableware.
Kitchen gadgets don’t need to be all chrome and flash colours to be worth their weight in gold. They can make thoughtful presents too. This Microwaveable Baked Potato Cooker from morphy richards is an example of a way to turn something ordinary into something a bit special – it’s part of their innovative Mico Range. Basically you used this to microwave your baked potato to make it taste like it’s been in the oven (rather than getting a quick zap in the microwave). It does take a little longer than just microwaving at 18 minutes, but its a significant time saving on oven cooking. It’s also very portable, so it could easily be taken to office, plus it’s easy to clean too (goes in the dishwasher).
Kilner are another of my favourite kitchenware brands. I used one of their butter churners a while back at a cookery school and was impressed by how easy (and quick) it was to make your own butter. It’s a great way to elevate a weekend lunch by making your own bread and butter. Another idea for healthy cooks, either those trying to lose weight or those trying to introduce more vegetables into their diet, is the is easy Spiralizer Jar Set. It’s really simple to set up and use and it’s a great way of creating a healthier alternative to pasta.
Storage is always key in a kitchen and it’s so much nicer when that storage looks good and you can leave it out on display too. I’m very taken with Typhoon‘s Modern Kitchen range including this Storage Jar suitable for tea or coffee. Plus my favourite the bread/biscuit storage container which is destined to be our new biscuit barrel.
I love the idea of a gift that can inspire through the year. If you want to give a keen cook something a little bit different and special as a present this year, you could consider a spice subscription box from The Spice Pioneer. These monthly boxes contain the best quality spices, carefully sealed with comprehensive instructions on how to create a full meal for two in the authentic style of the country or cooking style selected that month. Dishes to make include Prawn Penang and Sticky Rice, Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Charred Pineapple and Caribbean Fritters.