It seems like only yesterday that you were strutting around in your leopard skin bikini (or speedos), drinking Babycham spritzers and watching the late sunsets draw in. Yet here you are today wallowing in a sea of mulled cider with the Pogues on repeat wondering whether anyone would notice if you did your Christmas shopping at the local petrol station on the way home from the pub. Call us old school, but we believe the petrol station gift shopping should be left until it’s truly last minute. Until then, you might want to check out this list of foodie Christmas gifts we’ve put together for the food and drink fanatics in your life.
Artisan Cheese Makers Kit – £24.99
We all know someone who really, REALLY loves cheese. If they’re mad about mozzarella, this awesome artisan cheese makers kit will give them the chance to create their own. With everything you need to make 10 types of cheese, including goats cheese, ricotta, paneer and many more, this is absolutely the gift that keeps on giving. As long as they don’t eat it all at once. They just need to add milk and ta-dah!
World Salt Collection – £19.50
If you were under the illusion that all salt is the same, you’re dead wrong friends (we made that mistake once when chatting to our friends at Smoke&Salt. We were soon corrected). This collection of world salt proves that it comes in all shapes and sizes, as well as from a whole host of exciting places. Try the black lava salt for contrasting colour on an ordinarily dull food background, enjoy the Hawaiian offering for a crunch and bite or enjoy the smoky flavours of the Viking salt on your chips for a change. Because Vikings liked everything smoky, apparently.
Enjoying the finer things in life should always be rewarded, but especially over the festive period. If you know someone who loves a little luxury and you can afford to splash out on them, this champagne and chocolates box from Fortnum and Mason is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Combining bloomin’ tasty Marc de Champagne Truffles and our sensational Blanc de Blancs Champagne, this duo will be sure to go down an absolute treat when it’s pulled from under the Christmas tree.
If you give spices as a give to the new-found foodie in your life, you’re essentially giving them the gift of a thousand dinners. They’ll be buzzing when they begin concocting meals with new flavours and tastes that they may not have tried before. If you think they’re likely to feel even more adventurous, you can always provide them with some alternative spices to fill the jars. Just Ingredients have a whole host to choose from (some we’ve never even heard of).
Much like cheese, everyone knows someone who’s passionate about good bacon. Whether it’s a Saturday morning staple of they’re all about breakfast for dinner (maybe we should all be more like them if that’s the case?), give them the opportunity to cure bacon from the comfort of their own home. If they’ve made it themselves, it’ll taste all the sweeter and we think they’ll probably have to invite you round to eat it if you bought the gift. Win, win.
Friday Night Curry Club Subscription – from £22
This is the best kind of gift for someone with all the good intentions for being an awesome cook but perhaps without the skill, and the best thing is you don’t even need to tell them they’re lacking in that department. They’ll be sent everything they could possibly need to cook up a curry storm in the kitchen for three months. They’ll master curries from around the world, along with a whole host of sumptuous sides to take their meal to the next level.
Whatever gifts you end up buying, make sure to enjoy the process. The festive season is as much about giving as receiving, after all.
From all of us here at The Chapel Bar, we wish you a very merry Christmas!