It’s that time again and one of our favourite times of the year with everything we love ticked: family, food and pretty decorations around the house.
The only thing that can sometimes be a pain is knowing what to buy for people’s presents, so here’s a few little tips on what we feel a home loving foodie would appreciate at Christmas
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- A staple for a foodie at Christmas. We love to receive them and flick through them and get loads of ideas. Also, we find that they are presents that you come back to over the years, when you are searching for something particular, so to us, they are always good value.
Our first book is funnily enough something we recommend to get before Christmas. It’s Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook and it gives great tips/ recipes for the festive season. We’ve recently received it as a present from friends and are certainly going to try a few dishes/ recipes this year. We will try and even turn a few of them into recipe reviews in the next couple of weeks, if we can.
There are loads of books we could recommend that we’ve seen or have over the years, but these are a few recent favourites to us.
Tom’s Table: My Favourite Everyday Recipes – We love Tom Kerridge and his recipes. Always hearty and tasty.
Marcus at Home – Another one of our favourite chefs and this book is great and not too complicated.
Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond – Our friend had this book and we thought it was a beautiful book with beautiful Middle Eastern recipes, so we had to have it.
House And Kitchen
- We do get get funny looks sometimes when suggesting this sort of thing for Christmas, but we love cooking and entertaining at home, so to us they are great gifts to receive.
Mauviel M’minis 7 cm Copper Sauce Pan – now, we know copper pans can be expensive, but we just love them and think they look great in the kitchen, so a we feel they could be a great present and something to collect. The minis selections are more affordable (the above is £38.99) and although not as practical for their size to use regularly (they are 7cm in length, not the size of the pan), we feel they look great anyway in the kitchen just as ornaments. Would love to get a full set of copper pans like this to use for everyday cooking, but as said, they can get expensive the larger the size……………..one day may be.
Panasonic SD-2500 WXC Automatic Breadmaker with Gluten Free Program, White – we have a bread maker and love making our own different styles of bread and the bonus is that it’s not difficult, if you have one of these! This is not the particular one we have, as ours is quite old, but still going strong, so are getting good value out of it as well.
You could also pair it with Brilliant Breadmaking in Your Bread Machine book for more recipes to make in your machine.
Royal Scot Crystal London Set of 2 Crystal Wine Prosecco Glasses – a nice set of glasses as present is a great idea at this time and not necessarily expensive.
Make/ Grow Your Own
- We always love to make or grow your own presents at Christmas. We feel it’s just good to try something different and new.
Cheese Making Kit – make 20 different artisan cheeses – we love the idea of making your own artisan soft cheeses and have bought these for other people in the past, but would really like to give a go ourselves.
You could also pair it with Making Your Own Cheese: How to Make All Kinds of Cheeses in Your Own Home to see if it would be something they would continue to do as a hobby.
Funky Veg Kit by Plant Theatre – 5 Extraordinary Vegetables to Grow – we’ve had this bought for us before and just nice a quirky to grow a few different varieties of vegetables, such as purple carrots, multi coloured swiss chard and stripey tomatoes.
Grow Your Own Chillies – Indoor Starter Seed Kit – This something our friends do regularly and we’d like like to try our hand it to see what we could grow.
Mini Lemon Tree 25 cm – 1 tree – we have one in our kitchen which has done well over the years. We just love picking a lemon off of our own plant to use in cooking or a sneaky G&T.
Hopefully this will give you a few ideas for any home loving foodies this Christmas that will put a smile of their faces.