Christmas Gift Guide for the Foody and Drinky
We all know a fussy foodie who’s difficult to buy gifts for. Or we pretend to be one of those people because we all like food really. If you’re still stuck for a gift for your friends and family and you’re in need of some inspiration, the gift of food always goes down well. (see what I did there?)
Gourmet Christmas Dinner Kit from The Recipe Kit, www.therecipekit.co.uk
An exciting new recipe delivery service, has launched four stunning Christmas dinner kits for the ultimate in gourmet festive feasting. Created for food lovers looking for a delicious alternative to the traditional turkey meal, each chef-designed set will allow customers to whip up unique restaurant-quality dishes for friends and family on this special occasion.
Whisky Stones from Teroforma, www.teroforma.co.uk
Have whisky on actual rocks this Christmas. Designed to perfectly chill cask-aged spirits without diluting or over-cooling the drink. Available in a set of nine (£20) from Selfridges, Habitat, Royal Mile Whiskies and Master of Malt, Teroforma Whisky Stones are solid, non-porous, hand-crafted cubes of soapstone made in Vermont. And they’re not just for whisky, the stones can be used with any spirit that’s customarily imbibed on the rocks such as bourbon, rum, rye, mezcal or tequila. www.selfridges.com
Elephant Gin, www.elephant-gin.com
Don’t worry, not a gin made from Elephants but a new artisan gin with an adventurous and ethical spirit.
Inspired by the pioneering spirit of 19th century explorers and the botanical discoveries they made, Elephant Gin is produced for adventurers and travellers of today. The company contributes 15% of all profits to Space For Elephants Foundation and Big Life Foundation to support the preservation of the African wildlife and help ensure future generations will be able to explore these magnificent landscapes.
The gin is distilled using fourteen botanicals, including African ingredients sourced from the length and breadth of the continent to create the gin’s distinctive flavour profile. These include the savannah’s “superfruit” Baobab, the extraordinary Buchu plant with a flavour similar to blackcurrant, and the African Wormwood introducing a sharp floral note. Locally sourced spring water, fresh apples and other select ingredients enhance the purity and smoothness of the gin’s finish.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without chocolate, but with so many options on offer, what should you choose? Opt for Butlers, from Ireland’s favourite luxury chocolatier, these guys have been making delicious chocolates for over 80 years so they know a thing or too. Their festive collection is brilliantly luxurious and beautifully wrapped. Perfect for the fussy foodie or those who are difficult to buy for. Better still, they’re availiable in Waitrose, Selfridges and Tesco stores so um-om nom nom nom nom*
*sorry, had to stop writing this guide as I’m now stuffing my face.