Christmas Gift Guides for Foodies 2019 – now this really is a gift guide after my own heart. As you can probably tell from the amount of restaurant reviews on this blog, I am a complete foodie! There are some lovely and unusual foodie related items in this gift guide – have a look!
Mermaid Gin comes in a striking bottle, is plastic-free and uses entirely recyclable materials – including a plant-based seal around its wooden cork. The highly tactile bottle has sculpted scales that reflect and refract light. Swirling downwards around the bottle, the scales resemble the tail of the eponymous mythical sea creature, while the colours mimic the gin-clear blues of the Mediterranean, down to the deep greens of Mid-Atlantic rollers.
Created by long-time friends Xavier Baker (a brewer) and Conrad Gauntlett (a winemaker), Mermaid is a hand-crafted small batch gin distilled using ten ethically-sourced botanicals. It’s a smooth yet complex blend that features the freshness of organic lemon zest, the peppery notes in grains of paradise and a hint of sea air from fragrant rock samphire. The latter, foraged from the Isle of Wight’s cliffs, is known locally as ‘Mermaid’s Kiss’, hence the gin’s name!
Mermaid Gin, 42% ABV. Available: Marks & Spencer. £40.00/70cl.
Booja-Booja Vegan Chocolates
The Booja-Booja Award-Winning Selection features 16 exquisite, award-winning chocolate truffles for just £9.99 RRP. The company’s best-ever value gift box, it is a dream come true for chocolate lovers across the UK. Premium with a capital P, the chocolate truffles in the Award-Winning Selection are utterly delicious and have won numerous prizes, including the FAIR Trophy for Overall Winner at the Free From Food Awards 2019. The Award Winning Selection contains five melt-in-your-mouth truffle varieties including Hazelnut Crunch and Almond Salted Caramel which were both winners at this year’s prestigious Great Taste Awards; the ‘Oscars’ of the fine food world.
Booja-Booja is one of the UK’s leading free-from confectionery brands. The Norfolk company has been making dairy free, organic chocolate truffles for 20 years and its melt-in-the-mouth, handmade delights are adored by vegans, foodies and chocolate aficionados alike.
Find a stockist on the Booja-Booja website.
Praline Sea Shells (250g or 375g)—for the Chocoholic
Made using only the finest, hand selected Mediterranean hazelnuts, which are roasted and caramelised to perfection before being blended with premium Belgian chocolate, Guylian’s famous Sea Shell chocolates are always a delight, and are sure to please any chocolate-lovers in your life. Available in a 250g box (22 pieces; RSP £5), or for an even more decadent gift, a 375g box (33 pieces; RSP £7.50).
Guylian’s Belgian chocolates are available at all major supermarkets, selected independent stores nationwide and online via www.guylian.com.
Gourmet Popcorn from Popcorn Shed
Chhose from all sorts of flavours of popcorn like Pop ‘N’ Choc, Salted Caramel, Pecan Pie, Berry-licious, Butterly Nuts and Sweet Cheesus – A premium take on the classic ‘Sweet and Salty’ combo! Indulgent real cheddar cheese and sweet, buttery caramel Gourmet Popcorn.
Buy all manner of Popcorn Shed popcorn here.
Whether the four classics of the tradition-with-a-twist Everyday Range or the innovative artisanal combinations of the five-strong Heritage Collection, Shaws are lifting cheese boards, meat platters, sandwiches and burgers to the next level; as well as offering a store cupboard saviour, capable of transforming the most mundane meal. Whether as a ready made dip, glaze or marinade, a pep-up for sauces or stir frys or a cooking ingredient for both sweet and savoury recipes, Shaws brings a depth, dimension and richness of flavours that is best described in that most technical of Yorkshire terms, “just chuffin’ great”.
You can buy Shaws products in Morrison’s and learn more about them here.
We produce a Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur which is ideal for adding to a glass of prosecco, creating cocktails with or enjoying neat. Cranes double award-winning liqueur, is the ideal Christmas gift with over 115 cranberries going into each bottle. At 17% and perfectly smooth, it is the perfect addition to any cocktail and makes the ideal mulled cocktail.
Cranes Liqueur is available on Ocado priced at £9.00 and East of England Co-op.
For stocking fillers, teacher’s gifts, gifts for foodies or home-styled hampers, two new Fruits with Alcohol from Opies are an affordable, luxurious solution. Apricot with Jim Bean and Mixed Berries with Prosecco are new to the range and will be in store from October 2019 and have an RSP of just £6. Try them served simply with cream or like we did on the stand with ice cream or make delicious recipes for an Apricot Parfait or Panettone French Toast with Mixed Berries (details included on the pack).
Opies are available in Tesco and other leading supermarkets. They have fab recipes on their website here.
Tomatin’s Legacy expression has spent time maturing in Bourbon barrels and Virgin Oak casks, resulting in a sweet, light, refreshing and universally versatile whisky. Legacy boasts aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, pineapple and lemon. On the palate gentle flavours emerge ahead of a light, clean finish.
Gourmet Products from The Artisan Olive Oil Company
Due Vittorie Apple Cider Vinegar
An exceptional Italian apple cider vinegar, winner of 3 Great Taste Stars in 2018. From the Artisan Olive Oil Company.
Black Truffle Oil Aix&Terra
Enjoy it on meat, pasta, risotto, exceptional on a Sunday roast with the sliced truffle.
De Wetshof’s ‘Bateleur’ Chardonnay is one of South Africa’s finest Chardonnays; a great food wine that is perfect alongside gravadlax, smoked haddock, lobster thermidor or grilled herby chicken.
De Wetshof’s ‘Bateleur’ Chardonnay is a reflection of winemaker Danie de Wet’s personal taste, combining great depth and length of flavour with elegance and finesse according to his in-depth knowledge of his specific vineyard plots and deft barrel selection.
Available from the website at £35.99.
Bibimbap Kit from Sous Chef
Dolsot bibimbap is a Korean rice dish, served in a searingly hot stone bowl – the ‘dolsot’ or ‘dol sot’. Along with the earthenware ddukbaeagi, this Korean stone bowl is one of the key cooking vessels in Korean cuisine.
This bibimbap kit contains a recipe card, and enough ingredients to cook their traditional Korean bi bim bap recipe 12-18 times. It contains an authentic Korean dolsot stone bowl, sesame oil, gochujang paste and delicious sushi rice. All you need is a few vegetables to stir fry, and an egg to crack on the top – a great store cupboard supper!
Loch Fyne Kinglas Fillet
The Kinglas Fillet scooped the top prize at Scotland’s Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2019 after a team of judges including food critic Jay Rayner named it ‘Product of the Year’. The fillet is cut from the crown of a salmon fillet, cured with brown sugar and sea salt, then gently smoked over oak shavings from retired whisky casks resulting in a mild, delicate flavour and moist texture.
Buy Loch Fyne Kinglas Fillet From £21.50 for 250g
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