Christmas 2023 – Gift Guides – Great Gifts For Foodies! 🍝 🍷 🍪

With festive events now launching across the country, pantomimes preparing to open and Christmas adverts starting to roll out, the lead up to the Holidays is well and truly underway. In the lead up to Christmas, we will be publishing a series of different themed Gift Guides to help you with your Christmas present shopping and provide some last minute inspiration.

Who doesn’t love receiving lots of edible and drinkable goodies at this time of year? If you’re looking for a great gift for those food and drink lovers in your life then check out our latest gift guide below. There’s a great selection of delicious foodie gifts for everyone this Christmas!

Brand new for this year, the fresh pasta experts at Pasta Evangelists have launched the Truffle Emporium, including a range of amazing truffle-y gifts, as well as branded merchandise to ensure loved ones’ pantries will be fully stocked with fun and flavour this festive season.

First up in the truffle range, the Pasta Evangelists truffle grinder (£12), is a real game changer and is crafted to elevate your seasoning with a pinch of luxury. As the festive season calls for a little indulgence, opt for white truffle butter (£18), incorporating a decadent flavour sensation into every mouthful. Or if you’re looking to drizzle some sweetness into your dish, try the new summer truffle honey (£18).

Upgrade the kitchen shelf with the new Pasta Evangelists truffle sauce (£8) which offers a lavish flavour experience. Comprising black truffle ‘tartufata’, the sauce enhances every dish with its rich, earthy notes. For the ultimate truffle lover, the truffle bundle (£60) makes the perfect Christmas gift, containing the full selection of truffle products from the range.

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The Alchemist – Cocktail Gift Box – Alchemist Signatures (£35)

Enjoy a selection of signature serves at home this Christmas with this amazing Cocktail Gift Box from molecular mixology masters, The Alchemist.

Each box includes four individual cocktails: Lightbulb Moment, Smokey Old Fashioned (Short Serve), Woo Lagoon, and Dead Red Zombie, all crafted in the UK at The Alchemist Base in Cheshire.

Why not add an additional flourish to your Christmas cocktails with The Alchemist’s signature Salted Caramel Caviar? The delicious salted caramel flavoured pearls burst on the tongue with a rich syrupy liquid centre.

The cocktails are also available in a Mix ‘N’ Match Gift Box allowing you to select your favourite combination of flavours and serves, and if you are really wanting to push the boat out this Christmas, be the ultra party host with the Mega Cocktail Box, featuring 20 individual cocktails all served in amber medicine bottles.

If you’re looking for something for someone a little more hands on, give the gift of mixology skills with The Alchemist Cocktail Recipe Book. The hardback includes 100 crowd-pleasing cocktail recipes from Alchemist favourites like the Chocolate Orange Smasharac to classic serves such as Espresso Martinis.

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The Pepperpot Diaries: Stories From My Caribbean Table by And Oliver (DK)

The Pepperpot Diaries is Andi Oliver’s long-awaited first cookbook, showcasing both traditional and new recipes, cherished ingredients and vibrant flavours from across the Caribbean.

Andi takes take readers on an exploration of identity and heritage as she shows you how to create simple yet sensational dishes that will bring the unbeatable flavours of Caribbean cooking to your table.

The story of food captured in this book will take readers on a journey around the melting pot of cultural influences, history and heritage that has uniquely shaped traditional and contemporary Caribbean cuisine. Through her travels in Antigua, Andi shares her deeply personal journey on reconnecting with the food she grew up eating – the flavours and ingredients that run through her heart and soul – and what the future might hold for Caribbean cookery.

This book explores who we were, who we are, and where we’re going – all through the food we eat and the people we meet along the way.

Ooni Karu 12G Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven (RRP £379)

The world’s most advanced portable pizza oven, the Ooni Karu 12G Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven combines optimal performance with award-winning design, allowing you to cook perfect 12-inch pizzas and more in just 60 seconds on the thick 15mm cordierite baking stone.

The oven features a borosilicate glass door to keep an eye on your pizza without releasing heat, ClearView™ technology, to prevent soot and ash buildup on the glass door, and a SureGrab™ door handle that stays cool to the touch throughout the cooking process.

Use wood or charcoal for a traditional wood-fired experience, or attach a gas burner (sold separately) for easy propane-fuelled baking that uses 36% less fuel than previous models

A small footprint, a powder-coated body for weather resistance and a sleek silhouette make Karu 12G a welcome addition to any garden, balcony or outdoor kitchen.

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Chocolate fans are in for a treat this Christmas as Hotel Chocolat, the British cacao growers, have launched their latest range for the festive period with a range of brand new products.

The new additions include its first ever advent calendar dedicated to its iconic VelvetisedTM drinking chocolate – The VelvetiserTM Drinking Chocolate Advent Calendar, filled with 24 different sachet flavours. Also debuting is the Big Dipper Chocolate Sharing Tin, with 28 high-cacao chocolates – perfect for festive get togethers – and its first ever seasonal traybake, The Nice Slice Christmas Edition, with exquisite hazelnut and tasty almond praline.

Other highlights include: Black Forest Gateaux Velvetised Cream, a Limited Edition Velvetised Cream flavour which has been recreated in an alcohol form due to the success of the Hot Chocolat Sachets; Drinking Chocolate Devotee Limited Edition Selection, a Limited Edition hot chocolate gift set filled with flavours ranging from bold and fruity right through to creamy and comforting; and A Waddle of Penguins, an elegant silver toned gift tin featuring nine milk chocolate penguins cast in mellow, creamy 40% milk chocolate and filled with gooey caramel. The penguins are wrapped in cosy bobble hats and snow-proof welly boots.

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5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)

Jamie Oliver returns with his latest book, 5 Ingredients Mediterranean, the companion to his recent smash hit Channel 4 show, featuring more than 125 utterly delicious, easy-to-follow recipes inspired by Jamie’s lifelong travels around the Med.

You’ll find recipes to empower you to make incredibly delicious food, but without copious amounts of ingredients, long shopping lists or loads of washing up. 65% of the recipes are meat-free or meat-reduced, and all offer big, bold flavour.

Dishes include:

Tender smoky aubergine
Epic prawns & beans
Rogue ratatouille risotto
Sizzling squid
Island salad
Herby steak & crispy potatoes
Easy fig tart
Jools’ chocolate dreams

Transport yourself to sunnier climes this winter with this delicious celebration of hero Mediterranean flavours and ingredients.

Lakeland Taste of Italy Hamper (£39.99)

This Taste of Italy Hamper Tote contains a selection of sweet and savoury goodies from specialist Italian producers – a bellissimo gift for Italian food lovers to help them celebrate Christmas in continental style.

Presented in an eye-catching jute bag, featuring iconic Italian architecture – from the Colosseum to the Leaning Tower of Pisa – it’s crammed full of indulgent treats like Italian olives, Amarettini biscuits and mouth-watering milk chocolate, making it the perfect food hamper for fans of Italian cuisine.

What you get:

  • Gadeschi Amarettini Biscuits in Winter Scene Box – Classic (100g)
  • Dalla Costa Fusilli with Tomato & Oregano (250g)
  • Zaini Boule d’Or Milk Chocolates (116g)
  • La Torinese Panettone (100g)
  • Vitavigor Sesame Breadsticks with Sesame (125g)
  • I Love Snacks Natural Italian Olives (30g)
  • Lazzaroni Chocolate Biscuits (90g)

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Nadiya’s Simple Spices by Nadiya Hussain (Michael Joseph)

When it comes to spice Nadiya’s family cooking is never complicated and always delicious. Now Nadiya wants to share with you how to use the 8 readily available spices she uses at home daily to cook her most-loved meals. The same spices that her Mum uses and her Nani used before her!

Cardamom, fennel, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, chilli, bay leaves and curry powder are all you need to create any recipe in this book.

Get ready to make…

  • Peshwari Naans
  • Back-of-the-fridge Pakoras
  • Yoghurt Chicken
  • Daal
  • Crispy Leek Biryani
  • No-need-to-wait Chutney
  • Badam Cheesecake
  • Iced Caramel Bay Tea

From beautiful breakfasts, midday lunches and staple recipes you won’t live without again, to tips for the perfect saucepan of rice, your favourite middle of the table curries, vegetables, side dishes and sweets, you’ll be confident in cooking extraordinary family food, filled to the brim with easy-to-achieve flavour.

Ultimate Sushi Kit – Kelly Loves (£29.99)

The Ultimate Sushi Kit from Kelly Loves has all you need for rolling great authentic sushi for everyday lunches or a fun family and friends sushi night. It is also a high-quality, yet affordable sushi gift set. Just add your choice of vegetables and/or meat and top with soy sauce for great tasting sushi at home.

You can make endless variations of sushi rolls with your sushi kit. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make some truly mouthwatering sushi. You can also use your sushi kit to make hand-rolled, cone shaped temaki sushi. And for even more fun, you can look up recipes online for sushi bowls as you’ll already have some of the ingredients in your authentic kit.

The set contains:

1 x Gift Box
1 x Bamboo Rolling Mat
1 x 500g Sushi Rice
1 x 7 Nori Sheets
1 x 250ml Sushi Vinegar
1 x 285g Spicy Mayo
1 x 150g Ginger
1 x 150g Crispy Fried Onions
1 x 87g Wasabi
1 x Bambo lid Bento Box
1 x 150g Sesame Seeds
2 x Pair of Metal Chop sticks

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