Whether you are looking to treat the foodie in your life or take along a gift for the host at a Christmas meal, we have found few things that tickled our taste buds and that we think will have your mouth watering this Christmas!
Tracklements Festive Gift Tin
Artisanal condiments are the perfect treat for foodies this year, handmade, delicious jars of goodness, whether they love pickles and chutneys, mustards or relishes, we have just the ticket for you today!
Tracklements Festive Gift Tin is beautifully presented and within it contains four fabulous pots of festively flavoured condiments. Our favourite has to be the Onion Marmalade, but we are unable to fault the Fig Relish, Cranberry & Orange Sauce with Port, or the Christmas Chutney.
A lovely present for a host over the festive season, these jars of yumminess are just right for buffets, left over turkey or as an accompaniment to a meal. We think they would be fantastic with a cheese platter!
Tracklements Festive Gift Tin is just £12.00 and available from specialist retailers.
Pimp My Rice
Rice is the world’s favourite staple food and is eaten in practically every country across the globe. Whilst we all try to be adventurous in the kitchen, it is easy to get stuck in a rut, having the same meals over and over again. Now Nisha Katona has written the ultimate recipe book to give your rice dishes a new lease of life.
Reinventing rice dishes so that you can easily and quickly create them at home in your own kitchen, this book is a veritable journey of flavours and exciting dishes that will have your mouth watering with every page turn.
Published by Watkins for £25.00
The Snaffling Pig Co
The words to describe just how incredibly flavoursome these wonderful jars of pork crackling are, are hard to find to say the least. From the second that the crackling touches your tongue an explosion of pure, heavenly taste hits you, (I swear I could hear angels singing in a joyous chorus).
With a choice of nine delicious flavours, the Snaffling Pig Co really know how to showcase porkers at their best. They include Funkin Fennel, Maple, Low & Slow BBQ, Salt & Vinegar and Ghost Chili, definitely something for everyone and each as delicious as the other.
The crackling alone is not the only stand out reason to gift these porky bites this year, they are presented in some fantastic jars that have a wonderful vintage feel about them, but don’t worry, once you have scoffed the lot, you can get handy refills to top up your jars!
You can get your trotters on The Snaffling Pig Co. products at: Ocado, Not On The High Street, online grocery retailer; ‘Shops by My Supermarket’, on their website: www.snafflingpig.co.uk and in over 500 pubs and bars.
The Food Journal
For the budding chef there is a whole host of things you can buy for them, from equipment to cookbooks, but nothing will encourage their creativity and skills more than writing their very own cookbook!
Yes, that’s right, The Food Journal is essentially a scrapbook for people who love to cook. The first 89 pages are numbered, but completely blank, it is quite simply down to the owner of this clever book to populate the pages with images, ideas, cut outs and recipes.
The next 10 pages are pre-printed with a more formal recipe layout that can be filled in. Page 100 to 109 allows for the owner of The Food Journal to record their favourite restaurants and review each of them in more detail. Up to page 120 there is space to save souvenirs, receipts and so on, as well as a handy envelope that is attached to the inside back cover.
Finally there is a Useful Information section that is crammed full of conversions, cooking guidelines and tips, as well as a handy glossary of common terms.
Available from Laurence King Publishing for £12.95
Lindt Chocolate Bar
The Best Ever Recipes
If you have a chocolate lover in your midst then this could be the recipe book they have always dreamed off. Featuring the main ingredient of each recipe being a bar of delicious Lindt Excellence Chocolate, the book contains over 25 recipes from soufflés, to tarts and cakelets to meringues, there are a wide selection of decadent, alluring desserts and snacks, to entice and excite.
Available from Quarto for £9.99
Tea & Coffee for the Foodie
Food is nothing without the right drink and there are generally two types of hot drink people, those who love tea and those who prefer coffee. Whittard of Chelsea make the most beautifully blended teas and coffees, many are presented in stunning kilner type tins that decorated with gorgeous prints and coordinating colours.
Christmas Tea is a wonderful back leaf tea that has been blended with cloves, citrus and vanilla. It truly is the aroma and indeed taste of Christmas in a cup. The cloves give it a gentle warming sensation, whilst the citrus and vanilla add a balance of flavours to create the perfect Christmas drink.
If you prefer coffee though, Whittard of Chelsea also have a range of coffees that are blended for the festive season. We really enjoy Brandy Flavour Ground Coffee. It is a rich Arabica coffee, strong and bold, that is flavoured with a dash of brandy, one of the more traditional Christmas flavours.
Available at Whittard of Chelsea for £8
Scandinavian Jam Trio
Christmas morning breakfast would definitely be much more delicious if you included more jam. We love jam and if you fancy something a little different, more exotic this Scandinavian Jam Trio will serve you well.
Featuring three delicious flavours, meaning there is plenty of choice for everyone – Wild Lingonberry Jam, Wild Cloudberry Jam and Wild Blueberry Jam.
So, if you fancy a Scandinavian breakfast this year, don’t forget your jam, available from Scandikitchen.
Lindt Gold Reindeer & Treats
Lindt chocolate is synonymous with excellence since their Master Chocolatiers have been creating milk chocolate decadence for over 165 years.
This year, Lindt have releases a delightful little set that features one of their famous golden reindeer and two chocolate carrots.
Available from Lindt for £5.00