Need a last minute food gift? Here are some Christmas present ideas.
I’ve already got a copy of Relish Midlands as it is an insight into the kitchens at some of the region’s top restaurants. The book contains 75 signature dishes, chefs’ tips, wine suggestions and a good local producers guide. http://www.relishpublications.co.uk/bookshop
Ring the changes from cranberry sauce with Christmas courgette chutney from Cuffufle preserves http://www.cuffufle.co.uk or pear and calvados jam from the Mini Jar Company http://www.minijarcompany.co.uk
Christmas pudding is too heavy for me, so just for the packaging alone I like to pick up a panettone from Carluccio’s. This year though I’m tempted to try the Genovese Christmas cake. The ‘sweet bread’ from Liguria is made with candied peel, sultanas, pine nuts and orange blossom water. http://www.carluccios.com
I love the Golden Monkey Tea Companyshop in Warwick and browsing their website. A gift box of a gold 100g tin of a tea blend, a ‘One pot of perfect tea’ spoon, a large mesh ball that makes up to four cups of tea and one teapot card holder is available for £16.95. They will also add a hand written label of the type of tea and instructions on how to make it to the tin. http://www.goldenmonkeyteacompany.co.uk
You could re-create that après ski feeling with a fun fondue set with dual fuel burner and six forks for £50, or really blow the budget with a raclette machine to heat your cheese for £295. Both available from Paxton & Whitfield. http://www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk
Double-baked like biscotti, but delicately cut to create the ultimate savoury slices, Cracotti biscuits Cranberry & Hazelnut, Fig & Olive and Pecan & Sundried Berries are great with all varieties of cheese to add some va va voom to your cheeseboard. http://www.crackinggoodfood.com