From chutneys and cookery classes to hampers and homewares, those buying Christmas gifts for foodies have a huge variety to choose from. Have a flick through flavour’s festive foodie gift round up for some inspiration…
The Foodies Larder
A ‘Foodies Hamper’ from The Foodies Larder is a handpicked selection of natural food and ingredients sourced from artisan producers around Spain.
Every month, there is a fresh selection of gourmet goodies – each different from the last, and each based on the season. Gift hampers are available as a one off hamper or as a 3 or 6 month subscription. A single hamper is priced at £30, with the 3 month plan priced at £90 and the 6 month plan discounted at £165. All plans include delivery to any address in mainland UK. A perfect gift, as the gifts just keep on coming, even long after Christmas!
Ashburton Cookery School
Old Exeter Road,
Devon TQ13 7LG
Call: 01364 652784
A great gift idea for keen cooks is an Ashburton Cookery School gift voucher, available from £50.
Voted Cookery School of the Year, this Devon school offers over 40 cookery courses – from one-day courses to weekend breaks and longer cookery holidays so you can be sure you will find the course.
Master a specific cuisine such as Italian, Indian or Thai, or specific skills such as patisserie or fish and seafood. Quality B&B accommodation is also available.
Dickinson & Morris Christmas Hamper
To place an order online, visit www.porkpie.co.uk
or call 01664 482068
Downton Abbey lovers will surely approve of this beautiful wicker hamper appearing underneath their Christmas tree.
Hand selected by Dickinson & Morris, one of the oldest bakers of Melton Mowbray Pork Pies in the country, this Christmas hamper is a delicious festive treat of traditional Christmas fayre.
By locally sourcing the products, Dickinson & Morris has included some of the finest quality cheeses you can find including Colston’s Blue Stilton and Red Leicester cheese, homemade chutneys and a rich Melton Hunt Cake.
Pride of place in the hamper is the award winning Dickinson & Morris extra-large pork pie and tucked away are treat sized mini pork pies perfect for the Boxing Day buffet table. The hamper also includes Dickinson & Morris hand-linked sausages and a bottle of Sunnycliff Chardonnay, a full bodied Shiraz, as well as a bottle of Sparkling Saumur to add a little sparkle to Christmas Day!
At Christmas time it’s always good to have a few alternative drinks on hand, and Essential has a fantastic range of herbal teas. The teas are all ethically-sourced, organic and Fairtrade, with Essential’s farming partners (Sekem – a farming co- operative in Egypt) growing the plants biodynamically.
The range is packaged in distinctive designs and jewel-like colours that make a truly beautiful gift.
At just £8.00, the full selection of 6 teas (Camomile, Camomile & Spearmint, Fennel, Hibiscus, Peppermint and Peppermint & Spearmint), as a set, makes the perfect ‘Secret Santa’ for the office, present for your child’s teacher at school, or a thank you token for friends and family who are offering you hospitality during the festive season.
Chocolate Christmas ‘For You’ by Demarquette Fine Chocolates
For the 2013 festive season, Master Chocolatier Marc Demarquette has asked his customers what they will be putting on their Christmas wish list this year. Inspired by the feedback, Marc has created a unique and tasty selection especially ‘For You’.
For the Traditionalist
A unique chocolate Christmas tree and flavoured bauble gift box. Each stylish presentation box includes a hand painted chocolate tree made entirely with silky smooth 40% Malagasy milk chocolate and a selection of chocolate baubles in four festive flavoured caramels: Apple & Spice, Clementine, Cranberry and Cornish Sea Salt. RRP £25
For the Sharer
Master Chocolatier Marc Demarquette has created a special Limited Edition Festive Caramel Collection with both inspirational and traditional flavours: Apple & Spice, Clementine, Cranberry and Cornish Sea Salt. RRP £19.75 (box of 20 caramel chocolates)
For something a little different, why not try the Limited Edition Grandiflorum Truffle Logs? These are chocolate but not as we know it, made with Brazilian Theobroma Grandiflorum – a cousin of the cocoa plant. Demarquette are delighted to be one of the first pioneers in the UK to use Theobroma Grandiflorum as part of their range of discoveries. The 85% ‘not chocolate’ offers intensity of flavour and a powerful punch on the palette, yet the smooth and creamy texture delights with a light and gentle experience.
These products (and many more gift options) will be available online at www.demarquette.co.uk, with some products also available at selected department stores (including Harvey Nichols) and high end delicatessens throughout the UK.
Buffalo Trace Gift Pack
AVAILABLE FROM £26.99
Award-winning Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon is the stuff of legend, acclaimed to be ‘one of the world’s great whiskeys’. This Christmas, make it easy for yourself with the limited edition Buffalo Trace gift pack, complete with the legendary liquid, a traditional julep tin cup and a nifty cocktail book.
Available from 1 December 2013, grab an exclusive gift pack from your local supermarket, specialist retailer or online retailer while stocks last.
The Buffalo Trace Mint Julep
The Mint Julep is traditionally served in a stainless steel cup and piled high with crushed ice. Hold by the bottom to allow frost to form on the outside of the cup.
- 50ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon
- 15ml sugar syrup
- 2 large mint sprigs
- Remove mint leaves and lightly smack. Place the mint in the bottom of your glass or julep tin.
- Add crushed ice, Buffalo Trace and sugar syrup.
- Stir so the mint is evenly distributed. Garnish with an additional mint sprig for aroma.
- The Buffalo Trace Gift Pack is available at selected ASDA stores, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Hedonism Wines, selected Tesco stores, selected Waitrose stores and online at The Spirit Cellar and The Whisky Exchange, plus many other fine retailers.
12 Lower Belgrave Street,
London SW1W 0LJ
This Christmas forget the dull gift sets and the interminable cookery books and treat the foodie in your life to something a little more special – authentic Sardinian food and wine.
Part of legendary restaurateur Mauro Sanna’s Sardinian “empire”, hugely popular Belgravia-based delicatessen Olivino offers the UK’s best selection of fine quality Sardinian food and wine, with new consignments shipped weekly from Cagliari.
Perfect for the festive season is a range of gorgeous hampers that can be filled with all manner of goodies – cured meats and cheeses, caviar, home-made condiments and the odd beverage or two. Prices start from just £35 for a small hamper and Olivino’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will be delighted to advise on the best products to buy.
Imported especially for the festive season, meanwhile, are handsome wooden wine boxes that are available in a variety of sizes, from one to five bottles.
Olivino will also be stocking its own label panettone, supplied by an artisan bakery in Sardinia, along with marrons glacés, those irresistible candied chestnuts that are a holiday staple in Italy.
Discover your dark side with Apothic Red
The brand new enchanting and mysterious red wine On sale now at all major retailers
Wine aisles across the UK are now getting a touch of the dark side with bold new Apothic Red, perfect for enchanting evenings in, or to add an extra level of sophistication to any occasion.
Named after a mysterious place, Apotheca, where vintners stored their most coveted concoctions in 13th century Europe, Apothic Red blends Old World intrigue with modern sophistication. Its distinctive character makes Apothic Red stand out from the rest, not only because of its iconic black label and mysterious red logo, but because of its truly unique and captivating taste.
Capturing and blending brambly, fruity flavours of Zinfandel and the soft mouthfeel of Merlot, layered with elegant blueberry notes of Syrah, supported by bold dark notes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Apothic Red temptingly reveals intense aromas of rhubarb and black cherry, complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, oak and vanilla.
Each lingering mouthful is velvety, and plush and the smooth finish rounds out this intriguing full-bodied blend making it the perfect red wine indulgence. A true original with an ABV of 13%, Apothic Red is THE sophisticated wine choice.
The beautifully blended red wine has already taken Canada and the US by storm, and its mysterious touch is set to do the same in the UK – and at a RRP of £9.99 it’s a sophisticated wine choice at an affordable price.
Apothic Red is available at all major UK retailers including Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury’s.