Generally I’m one of those people that bemoan the fact the the big shops, the supermarkets and the department stores seem to start Christmas earlier and earlier every year – I actually saw mince pies on the shelves of supermarkets in September this year, I mean come on! I want Christmas to be special not spread out over a third of the year! As it’s mid-November now, for me this is when I start doing a little Christmas shopping – as the festive lights start to be turned on and the weather starts to feel a little colder. But you know what? Im terrible at buying presents I seem to struggle every year so I thought I would share all my foodie gift ideas with you all in case youre the same as me.
Presents for the cookbook obsessive like me
Say It With Cake
Yes a cheeky plug! I really think this would make a great present – the look of the book is beautiful and there are recipes to fit all occasions throughout the year. I really hope that if you buy or are bought one of my books for Christmas that you really enjoy baking from it.
£18.99 (currently only about £10 online!)
Rococo is one of the chocolate shops at the forefront of the British chocolate revolution and as such it is only fair that there newest book should be a stunner. The design and look of the book is beautiful and the recipes look wonderful.
Thomas Keller, he of French Laundry fame also runs a bakery with 5 shops across America called Bouchon Bakery and I have been lucky enough to sample there wares whilst in New York, so was very excited to hear about this book. This volume is a very large book and filled with information and wonderful recipes, it would be the perfect present for the baker in your life.
Presents for the Caffeine inclined
If you want the best coffee at home then grinding your own beans is a simple way to improve your morning cup. I use a cheap Krups model which is okay but want to change to this colourful model made by Bodum (to match the other red in my kitchen)
If you’ve bought someone a grinder why not add a bag of coffee beans, its a cheap addition but means the grinder can be used straight away. I buy my beans from Hasbean which you can buy direct online.
I have a small London kitchen so I dont have space for a large coffee machine so how to make a good cup at home? Simple, get an aeropress. Not only are they cheap but you can make excellent coffee at home
Presents for the chef in your life
I really dont need any more aprons, I think at the last count we currently have 10 in the house, but I’m obsessed with this one from Gillian Kyle. I loved Tunnocks caramel wafers when I was younger and this nostalgic apron would be well used in my kitchen.
Presents for those who love baking (mum and dad this list is for your attention!)
If you follow me on twitter you know I have become a little obsessed with the french pastry Canele’s and I would love a few copper moulds, they are key to making the perfect canele but they are also gorgeous.
These are a little tricky to get hold off – E.Dehillerin in Paris sell them but the website has no prices but apparently they are about £10 each and you can often also find them on ebay