We don’t need to tell you that Christmas is a big time for eating and whether you’re buying gifts for a gourmet cook or just a seasonal glutton, our guide to foodie gifts has something for every epicurean. Christmas food gifts just got interesting with our epic guide, happy munching!
Get gourmet this Christmas with this delicious cranberry mince pie recipe from Gordon Ramsey.
What to See
Ginger Pig Butchery Class
The Ginger Pig are the maestros of the butchery world. And what could be a better gift for a foodie than giving them access to the time-honoured skills of their butchers. Learn how de-bone, break down a carcass, how to use the whole animal and what to look for in terms of quality. Choose the meat to specialise in and the day finishes with a glass of wine and a hearty supper.
For more information visit thegingerpig.co.uk
Paul A Young Mince pies
There are no words to accurately translate the bounty of these mince pies. A short and crisp pastry base is filled with brandy soaked raisins and dried fruit and topped with the signature Paul A Young brownie, which is crisp and cake-like on the top and gooey in the centre. These are the ultimate Christmas food gifts – forget the satsuma at the bottom of the stocking and make someone’s Christmas with these beauties.
Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express
This is the mother of all home coffee makers. It takes you from bean to cup in under a minute. You can grind the beans to 15 different settings and the 15 bar pressure system builds gradually for even extraction. A side milk frother will give you that perfect barista fern leaf topping.
For the cured meat aficionado, this 7kg ham set from Brindisa is heaven. The free-range Blackfoot pigs graze on acorns and the subsequent jamon is aged for four years to intensify the depth of flavour giving a nutty, dark and rich ham. This set comes with the stand, a knife and a DVD to teach you how to carve like a Sevillian
Channel your inner Heston with this at home molecular gastronomy kit, coming with every gel, powder and solution to take you from home cook to mad scientist in seconds. Whether you’re looking to create fun fruit ‘caviar’ or add a serious wow factor with a flavoured foam the R-Evolution kit has all the tools for the job, and with a 30 recipe DVD included you’ll never go short of inspiration. Sorry Mr Blumenthal, we’ve got you all figured out!
If you’re going to splash the cash on a Balsamic vinegar this year it has to be from Modena. This famed city of Italy is known for its barrel aged, thick, rich vinegar, with a sweet flavour and intense dark colour. If you’ve got a foodie friend with a taste for the finer things in their kitchen, then this is the gift to buy. Also the quirky bottle suits any counter top, what’s not to love!
Home made has never been hotter than it is right now, and now you can personalise all your pickles and preserves with these customised food stamps. It could not be easier to add a personal touch to your creations, just simply select what you want your labels to say and get stamping! No one will ever question whether it’s homemade again.
Flavoured sea salt is very fashionable in the foodie world right now, and we can’t get enough of the variety of flavours coming straight from sea to table from the Cornish Sea Salt Company. Coming in onion, garlic, pepper, smoked, chilli, lemon and thyme and even cinnamon, these salts inject a serious boost of flavour into whatever they touch. We especially love to sprinkle them on something sweet (hin hint, caramel!) for a salty sweet tang.
Cocoa Runners is the awesome chocolate delivery service bringing chocoholics some of the best bars from around the world. This Christmas they’ve put together a specially selected pack of their favourite chocolates to satisfy any sweet tooth. And with all the bars being ethically sourced, not only do they taste good, they do good! Now that’s what we call Quality Street.