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During 2020 I think a lot of us found food a comfort, whether it was making it or eating it. Let’s not even mention the drink…
With that in mind here are some ideas for the food and drink lover in your life.
Food to gift for Christmas:
A hamper from Hampers.com
I remember the first hamper we got for Christmas, it was a Christmas gift from Monsieur Incidental’s work and we were thrilled. Hampers are a fab gift for Christmas, especially to send to loved ones we cannot see this year. This particular hamper is the Sleigh Bells Christmas Basket which is £76, there is a bottle of red wine, prosecco and lovely Christmas food.
Check out Hamper.com’s full range of Christmas Hampers.
Loison Chocolate & Salted Caramel Pannetone from Sous Chef
A slice of Loison chocolate & salt caramel panettone will get you in the indulgent Christmas spirit. The vanilla-scented panettone is filled with rich salted caramel cream and studded with dark chocolate drops.
Serve generous slices of the chocolate & salt caramel panettone with a drizzle of fresh cream. Balance out the rich sweetness with a cup of strong coffee.
The Loison chocolate & salt pannetone is £18.50 from Sous Chef
Konditor Treat Time Brownies
Our Treat Time Brownie Box contains 8 brownies cut into 16 fingers. Making it easy to delve straight into the selection of a Chocolate Chip, Curly Whirly, Salted Caramel and Boston Cranberry Brownies.
Konditor kindly sent a box of these, they arrived on a Friday and by Monday there were very few left. They are absolutely delicious and worth every penny! They offer next day London delivery or delivery nationwide in 3 days.
Treat Time Brownie Box is available from Konditor for £25
Plant Based Mince Pies and Chocolate Celebration Cake from Oggs
Oggs have made Christmas treats available to all by creating these plant based bakes.
A great alternative to the traditional Christmas cake or mince pies is this Chocolate Celebration Cake from OGGS. This vegan friendly chocolate sponge cake is filled and topped with chocolate fudge frosting and finished with chocolate curls, edible stars and festive gold shimmer.
Available from Waitrose in store and online RRP £8.00
Handmade mince pies from plant-based brand OGGS® without any eggs or butter making them perfect for vegans, flexitarians and anyone who loves a mince pie! These festive fancies are kind to the planet, animals and people and come in completely sustainable packaging.
Available from Sainsbury’s in store and online RRP £2.50 for a pack of 4
Opies Pickles, Cocktail Cherries and Fruit in Alcohol
Opies has been a Christmas staple in this household for many years. From the cherry in my snowball to a pickled walnut with cheese and biscuits or for cooking and now we can add fruit steeped in alcohol. I am looking forward to a scoop of red berries in my gin and tonic.
All under £10 each and available from your local supermarket
Rubies Rubble Relish Gift Set
I don’t know about you but I looove a bit of cheese and biscuits at Christmas. Making condiments from surplus ingredients that would have otherwise go to waste since 2012, pioneers of the anti-food waste movement, Rubies In The Rubble, have launched a Christmas relish gift set on Farm Drop, Amazon and their online store.
GIFT SET CONTAINS:
CHILLI ONION Sweet, sticky and spicy, packed with slowly caramelised onions. Perfect with a melted camembert. 8 onions saved in every jar
PEAR & FIG Packed with pears, figs, a dash of port and festive spices. Perfect with a strong blue. 1 pear saved in every jar
CLASSIC APPLE A British classic, packed with delicious and crisp apples. Perfect with a crumbly cheddar. 1 apple saved in every jar
Jackpot Peanut Butter
Americana-inspired and palm-oil free Jackpot has got a pot suitable for everyone this Christmas – whether they‘ve been good, bad or downright naughty! For those who’ve been good, you can simply gift them a 500g pot – at £5.00, it’s a perfectly shaped and delicious stocking filler! With the downright naughty, there’s the option to give them a pot with their name on and the brand slogan ‘Jackpot Motherf***ing Peanut Butter’! (For the less badly behaved, there’s a label with the expletive obscured by a scratch-off patch!)
Jackpot’s only made with classic American runner peanuts, rapeseed oil and a pinch of salt – no additives, no palm oil! For every pot sold, £1.00 goes to the Music Venue Trust who ‘protect, secure and improve’ grassroots music venues. ‘Original’ or rude labels, £5.00/500g. Personalised rude labels, £7.00/500g pot. Vegan/gluten-free.
Available to order for Christmas until 21st December from jackpotpeanutbutter.com.
Kids will love the Very Woolly Christmas Eve gift selection box. Featuring a trio of 50g chocolate bars of Rudolf, Santa and a snowman, two snowman chocolate lollies and two hot chocolate stirrers, your little ones won’t be disappointed with what’s under the tree this year.
I can’t wait for Big & Little L to share this on Christmas Eve, it is so cute!
A Very Wooly Christmas is £12 and available from www.hameschocolates.co.uk
Mummy Meagz Christmas Range
Mummy Meagz is becoming a firm favourite in our house.
There is a huge range of Mummy Meagz vegan chocolate including hot chocolate stirrers that are really popular this year.
The full range, starting at 99p, is available from Holland and Barratt
Guylian Belgian Chocolates
We love Guylian chocolates and they make the perfect gift at any time of year.
For family and friends both near and far, Guylian‘s chocolate range is readily available at prices to suit all pockets both in stores (all major supermarkets, high street retailers and convenience stores) and online at www.guylian.com.
Drink to gift at Christmas
Cocktails by Mail
I love a cocktail but find I don’t always have all the ingredients for them (who has a well stocked booze cabinet these days?) so these are perfect. Get them sent in time for those Christmas zoom parties and quizzes!
Cocktails By Mail are the perfect Christmas gift, ‘Secret Santa’ inspiration, stocking filler, or ‘just-because-what-a-f-ing-
Available directly from www.cocktailsbymail.co.uk
Vintage Roots Wine
Vintage Roots are an organic wine specialist.
Organic wine is made using only certified organic grapes, grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers. Since 2012, new winemaking regulations meant that the whole process, from harvest to bottle could be certified, and the term ‘Organic Wine’ be used.
Nobody likes man-made toxins, especially pesticides, that find their way into our food and drink chain, and eventually into us. These chemicals also harm the wider environment, including those that live and work locally. So, drink organic wine to help enhance biodiversity and maintain healthy soils and people too. Choose organic and biodynamic wine for best quality and value. Balanced and healthy organic grapes, are the starting point for any great wine. At Vintage Roots we taste thousands of wines, before selecting the best to bring to you. Organic cheers.
The wines pictured are: Mas de Tannes Rouge currently £9.99 & Cuvee Secrete currently £10.99
WooHa Gift Box
Each beer from WooHa is brewed in the Scottish Highlands from the same cool, clear Speyside water that goes into some of Scotland’s most famous whiskies. This fresh water is combined with quality ingredients from around the world to create delicious, balanced, flavoursome beers that are bottle-conditioned to ensure their freshness and give a natural fizz.
The WooHa Gift Box is now available to order direct from the WooHa online shop priced at £30 and contains a WooHa t-shirt, WooHa beanie hat and six bottles of WooHa beer
Skinny Brands Premium Lager
SkinnyBrands Premium Lager – a clean, crisp and refreshingly malty premium lager, that’s full flavour, 4% ABV and only 89 calories* whilst also being; vegan, gluten free and kosher.
Available from supermarkets and Amazon priced at £14.00 for a case of 12.
Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin
Bobby’s is a Dutch-Indonesian hybrid that celebrates the 150 year old shared history of the two countries. Described as ‘Dutch courage mixed with Indonesian spice’, the recipe blends a base of juniper with whole clove, cubeb pepper, cinnamon, lemongrass, rose hips, fennel and coriander. It’s spicy and fragrant, with a burst of citrus and a bite of pepper. With the recommended garnish being a clove-studded orange slice, it’s an exotic gin that also beautifully incorporates some familiar Christmas flavours! Again, combining East and West, Bobby’s classic Dutch ‘kruik’ bottle is brought to life with an ‘Ikat’ pattern, a traditional Indonesian design. 42% ABV. RPP: £37.99/70cl.
Available via masterofmalt.com
Mermaid Salt Vodka from Isle of Wight Distillery
From the Isle of Wight Distillery, Mermaid Salt Vodka is infused with locally sourced sea salt that enhances its smoothness and flavour – described as being ‘like the subtle kiss of a mermaid’. The salt comes from local supplier ‘Wight Salt’ and is harvested from water collected in the powerful flood tide off the island’s southern coast – an area prone to extreme storms that churn up the ocean floor, releasing huge amounts of flavour-packed nutrients.
Naturally evaporated by sun and wind, the resultant sea salt retains a depth of flavour and distinct sweetness. Perfect on its own over ice or with a mixer, Mermaid Salt Vodka also layers on a unique savoury element for cocktails that you just can’t get with other vodkas. The bottle is plastic-free, with an all-natural cork and wooden top, complemented with a plant-based, biodegradable seal. Plastic-free and Net Zero, it’s an environmentally-friendly vodka with a hint of sea air! 40% ABV.
RRP: £40.00/70cl. Available in John Lewis and online via Master of Malt.
Disco Cocktails are inspired by the so-called ‘disco’ shift (an easy one) for bartenders and come in stylish pouches containing unique takes on classic cocktails handmade by the bar’s ace mixologists.
Each features a top quality spirit – such as classic Polish vodka, Vestal – blended with a soft drink syrup mixer and a drop of disco magic. To enjoy, simply add plenty of ice to a glass, pour the pouch, stir well and sip!
The pouches – 100ml or 500ml – feature minimal packaging and fit through letterboxes, so are perfect for last minute Christmas gifts!
1x100ml single serve, £5.00+£2.00 p&p. 5x100ml full range, £20.00+£3.00 p&p. 1 x 500ml sharing pouch (five serves), £20.00+£3.00 p&p.
Check out the range and order from ladiesandgents.co . Last (Christmas) orders, 21st December.
Glasses, Cups, Flasks & Chillers
Lolita Love My Wine Wine Glass
This vibrant wine glass is gorgeous and I can confirm it is well packaged for safe transit.
Give a glass full of happiness with these joyful little songbirds. They are sure to sing a tune to brighten your day. This glass comes with a unique printed recipe and Lolita signature on the bottom. Handwash only. Securely packaged in a beautiful, decorative gift box. Height: 22.5cm
Available from www.designsbylolita.co.uk £19.95
Mary Berry Signature Collection
This Mary Berry Signature sugar pot and milk jug set is the perfect pair for serving with morning coffee or afternoon tea. Paired with the Signature cup and saucer they make the perfect gift. All items are the made from fine bone china with a delicate pearlescent sheen and a raised pattern around the edge. They can be used in the microwave and are suitable for the dishwasher (thank goodness!).
Available from Harts of Stur the sugar pot and milk jug are £14.95 and the cup and saucer £8.95
Klean Kanteen Insulated TK Wide
Keeping your drinks hot for 17 hours or cold for 58hrs
Our vacuum insulated TKWide bottle was created with versatility, portability and performance to create the best water bottle, coffee mug, sport bottle and insulated cup in one package. The 20oz TKWide comes with the leak proof Café Cap with easy-carry swivel loop and features our TK Closure™ internal thread design. Easily transition between other TKWide caps including the vacuum insulated Loop Cap which creates a full stainless steel interior and increases thermal performance, or the Straw Cap which makes hydration easy.
Available directly from KleenKanteen for £29.95
CaddyO Bottle Chiller
CaddyO has been designed to chill warm bottles in minutes, keeping them cold for up to 9 hours.
Developed in the UK the CaddyO has a unique cooling gel inside its core to actively chill bottles to the ideal drinking temperature, simply store the cylinder in the freezer for a minimum period of 4 hours and remove when required. Place the cylinder inside the neoprene cover which will insulate the bottle for maximum chilling performance. Fits all 750 and 1 litre bottles.
I used this recently and it worked a treat (plus you don’t have to set a timer in case you forget that bottle of prosecco you put in the freezer – we’ve all done it, right?). I’m looking forward to showing up to posh picnics next summer with this.
Available from Cellardine for £29.99
Green Pan Dutch Oven
I am in love with this dutch oven from Green Pan. I’ve made soups, bolognese but not a casserole, yet! I want a full set of these because they go in the dishwasher and life is too short to wash pans by hand.
A modern version of the classic casserole dish
The casserole dishes in the Featherweights collection are the perfect alternative to the classic cast-iron casserole dish. They are no less than 50% lighter and much easier to use. They heat up three times faster, have a handy Thermolon Infinity Pro ceramic non-stick coating and are dishwasher-safe. Thanks to their innovative design, these casserole dishes work like a small oven on all hob types, for extra succulent and flavourful dishes.
Available directly from Greenpan prices start at £110 for the 22cm
Tower Cavaletto 4 Slice Toaster
Serve up to four slices of freshly-toasted bread, crumpets or bagels with the Tower Cavaletto 4-slice toaster. With variable browning settings, you have more control over the toasting time to get the texture and taste which suits you best. The defrost, reheat and cancel options offer more functions, allowing you lightly warm up snacks or toast bread straight from frozen for a quick breakfast solution. The removable tray makes it easy to dispose of excess crumbs to keep your countertop clean, with cord storage to keep your surface neat and free from wires. Finished in stainless steel with midnight blue and rose gold colouring, the Cavaletto toaster complements the look of your kitchen countertop.
This toaster is great for bread and crumpets (I have tested it personally). I really love the colour and finish, so much so I have bought the matching kettle!
Available from www.towerhousewares.co.uk for £49.99
Containers, Wraps and Storage:
Stasher Storage Bags
Stasher reusable food and storage bags are 100% plastic-free, self-sealing, airtight and leakproof silicone storage bags. Stasher’s 100% pure platinum food grade silicone bags are the healthy alternative to plastic. Stasher is so pure that you can bake, boil, microwave, and sous vide in it!
These bags are fab and perfect if you batch cook. I made a massive bolognaise at the weekend and popped the rest in here for later. It’s so easy to use and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Plus it is flat when not in use which is great if you are tight on storage space in your kitchen.
Stasher storage bags start at £9.95 and are available from www.husandhem.co.uk
BeeBAGZ Reusable Wrap Food Bags
BeeBagz are an innovative manufacturer of sustainably produced and environmentally friendly food storage solutions. The company’s mission is to contribute to the zero-waste movement by providing consumers with socially responsible alternatives that result in a notable reduction in overall single-use plastic bag consumption. The completely biodegradable beeswax bags are made from: cotton, Canadian beeswax, jojoba oil and resin.
I think we are all far more aware of using too much single use plastic bags and so on and these bees wax bags are just right for wrapping produce in. They get extra points for being pretty as well as pratical.
Available from www.alittlefind.com starting at £12.74
Orthex SmartStore Stylish Storage Basket & Bamboo Lid
I have a set of these and they are fab. I use them in the kitchen cupboards and also to hide away “paperwork” that needs filing. They look much neater than piles of stuff everywhere.
Made from recycled industrial plastic waste this stackable basket from SmartStore by Orthex is ideal for neatly organising your bits and pieces.
Available from John Lewis prices start at £5.60 for 10 ltr basket and £4.00 for the bamboo lidFollow me on social media for more!
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