Christmas Gift Guide – Cooking Up A Storm


Cooking is something most of us can not avoid at this time of year, so why not make it more fun with some of our favourite picks…

Cool Layer Cakes CoverCool Layer Cakes by Ceri Olofson

An incredible step by step guide for how to bake and decorate cakes that are brightly coloured and layered in various ways.

With 50 delicious and incredibly original cakes, there is something for every occasion and every level of expertise when it comes to baking and indeed making the fabulous cakes look amazing!

From The Lady In Waiting Dome, a Pinata Cake and even a Rainbow Layered Cake is is a brilliant gift for any foodie!

Published by Apple Press for £12.99

Cake_School_Jkt-2Mich Turner’s Cake School

This book does not just contain expert tuition on how to bake the perfect delicious cakes but it shows you how to present to tasty baked good with the most exquisite decoration.

From beautiful piping, precision cutting, adorable moulding of animals and sophisticated skimming, Mich uses her years of experience and knowledge to guide you to stunning results each and every time!

‘Mich is the Bentley of cake makers!’
Gordon Ramsay

Published by Jacqui Small for £30 it s great for the aspiring cake maker in your life!

The Breaking Bad Cookbook cover-1The Breaking Bad Cookbook

“Wanna Cook?”
Walter H. White

It was an emotional five seasons through which we watched Walter White and Jesse Pinkman go from obscurity to possibly the greatest cooks to ever be seen in the Americas.  Of course when we say cooks we aren’t talking food, no the pair were revered in circles other than culinary, but now the show is finished and the world is at a loss as to what to do with themselves, Chris Mitchell comes to the rescue in a ‘completely unauthorised’, (and as the author himself claims, with no guarantee of favourable results), with The Breaking Bad Cookbook.

DSC_0148_EdThe cookbook features character profiles and quotes throughout, whilst showcasing some of the foods loved in the show by Walt Jr, to the homemade beer made by Hank Schrader.  If you know someone who would love to make the Heisenburger or even Gus Fring’s Los Pollos Hermano Chicken then this is the cookbook to stuff in their stocking this Christmas!  It has a great sense of humour running through it and an interesting mix of recipes that would suit any discerning fan who lost the ability to do anything but watch Breaking Bad when it was on and no does nothing but reminisce about it since it has finished!

Available from John Blake Publishing for £9.99

wine-tastingThe Essential Guide To Wine Tasting

If you know someone who like a drink, of the wine variety and you think they would like to know more about the art of wine tasting, then there is a good possibility that they would love this DVD.

Jaspar Corbett is a wine connoisseur and indeed an entertainer and he will be the guide for the budding wine enthusiast on this DVD as he teaches celebrity ‘students’ antiques expert James Rylands and TV Presenter Zoe Salmon:

  • The basics
  • Glasses and decanting
  • Identifying corked wine
  • Old and new world favourites
  • Sparkling wines
  • White wines
  • Rose wines
  • Red wines
  • and food matching

For the beginner and the more knowledgeable wine lover,  the two hours and thirteen minutes runtime of The Essential Guide To Wine Tasting, will enlighten, excite and enhance your world of wines.

Available from Stithcombe DVDs for £14.99

Castle MacLellan Pâté & A Two Bird Roast

image003No Christmas feast is complete without some beautifully smooth pâté, so why not indulge a little this year and treat your family to some of the most exquisite Castle MacLellan Pâtés.

All of Castle MacLellan Pâtés are made with the highest quality and finest ingredients from Scotland and lovingly made by expert chefs in Dumfries and Galloway, into some rather enticing recipes for you to enjoy with little fuss this festive season.

This year the people at Castle MacLellan Pâté have created five sumptuous offerings for your table:

  • Chicken Liver Pâté with Scottish heather honey
  • Oven Roasted Mushroom Pâté with garlic and thyme
  • Rannoch Smoked Duck Pâté with Bramley apple jelly
  • Luxury Orkney Crab Terrine with lemon juice and Galloway mustard
  • Scottish Smoked Salmon Pâté with lemon juice and horseradish

Each of these wonderful concoctions are a perfect accompaniment to any meal, but they can also work as an ingredient themselves.  Castle MacLellan Pâté have shared a delicious recipe with us today, Two Bird Roast.

Serves two


2 pheasant breasts
1 pack of Castle MacLellan Rannoch Smoked Duck Pâté with Bramley apple jelly
4 slices thinly sliced Parma ham
250ml port
2 tablespoons red currant jelly


  1.    Prepare pheasant breasts by making a slit in the underside
  2.    Stuff with the Castle MacLellan Rannoch Smoked Duck Pâté
  3.    Wrap tightly with Parma ham slices
  4.    Place on a greased baking tray, put into preheated oven 200C / Gas 6, for 20 mins
  5.    Remove from oven and leave to rest for 5 to 10 mins before slicing
  6.    Whilst resting make the redcurrant and port jus. Place the port and redcurrant into a       saucepan bring to boil stirring until the redcurrant dissolves.
  7.    Reduce until slightly thickened
  8.    Slice the bird roast in half on an angle and drizzle the sauce
  9.    Serve with vegetables of your choice

Castle MacLellan pâtés are available in supermarkets and independent stores throughout the UK (RRP from around 99p to £1.65, 113g).


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