A Selection Of Gifts
For Food Fans
Black truffle oil
This complex, earthy oil is a luxury ingredient and great for the person who likes the finer things in life. Truffle oil is perfect for drizzling over salad leaves and risotto (Sous Chef, £5).
I am a sucker for edible flowers. These beautiful blooms really come into their own when placed at the bottom of a glass of champagne. The petals open out and flavour the champagne with heady pink syrup. (The Cooking Source, £9).
Monin coffee syrups
You do not have to be a coffee lover to like these syrups; they are also great for cocktails and can be used in baking. Suitable for both vegans and vegetarians (Lakeland, £7).
Proud to lick cake bowls
I usually would not suggest giving a tea towel as a gift at any time, unless you do not want to speak to your workmate again. However this is an wonderful exception (HowKaPow, £10).
Any keen baker will tell you what a beautiful ingredient vanilla sugar is. You can buy it ready-made and organic from Steenbergs or, if cash is tight. it's easy to make. You'll need a 500 millilitre Kilner Jar. Fill it with 500 grams of caster sugar and two vanilla pods then decorate it with a ribbon (Steenbergs, £4).
Joe & Seph's gourmet popcorn
This is what I call a treat-gift. Something you wouldn't always buy for yourself but you are perfectly happy when someone buys it for you. The gourmet junk-food market seems to be blossoming at the moment. Who knew popcorn could be so posh (Joe & Seph's, £4)?
Biscuit cutters do not have to be cutesy and boring. These stainless steel cutters are perfect for martial artists who love to bake. (Firebox, £8)
These wondrous brownies and blondies are very popular here and always go down well as gifts.
If you are unsure about which flavours to buy they are doing a special Christmas box including the amazing Chip and Clementine varieties (Buffalo Brownies, £7).
These vinegars are award winning and there is a good reason why. They are unlike anything else on the market and taste beautiful on salads. My personal favourite is the golden raspberry and apache chilli vinegar. (Love Your Larder, £7)