The Good Taste food and drink lovers’ gift guide

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Food and drink gifts Cranes
Food and drink gifts Cranes
Food and drink gifts for the people you love – AKA What to buy the person who already has everything…

Fun food gifts

For the Marmite lover…
Love it or hate it, this jar’s got your name on it. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, this may cause a heated conversation with family and friends over boxing day breakfast. 
Your mar’mite want to buy it from Prezzybox.com, for £11.99. 
Please note: we cannot be held responsible for family fallouts. 
 
For the budding chef…
The Acacia Gold Knife Block brings a glamorous touch to the kitchen by combining a warm acacia wood block with gold effect knives. Each a knife features a taper ground blade and a titanium gold effect finish for added strength and durability. The anti-slip feet prevents scratching of the work surface, £75 from www.viners.co.uk
 
For the mini chef…
Grab a pizza the action with this eight piece wooden pizza with cutter. Pizza slices stick together with velcro and can be separated with the wooden pizza cutter. Suitable for pizza makers aged three and over. £12.99 from www.rexlondon.com
 
For the salty old sea dog…
This gift set of six flavour-infused rock salts is a perfect gift for a food lover.
Each vibrant salt pot is naturally flavoured with infusions including roasted garlic, aromatic rosemary, spicy red chilli, umami mushroom, rich red wine and zesty lemon.
They can be used individually or you can mix and match to create your own creative combinations. £32 for 6 150g pinch pots https://rockingood.co.uk
 
For the four legged food lover…
Spoil your furry friend with some homemade treats. This kit contains: Three treat cutters (a heart, a fish, and a cat’s face), a cotton bag for storing treats and recipe booklet with instructions on how to make all manner of treats. There’s also a dog version too. £6.95 from www.rexlondon.com.
 
For the chocoholic…
If you’re looking for a fun and tasty stocking filler then reindeer poop milk chocolate buttons are perfect. White chocolate snowman poop is also available. £2 from https://rockingood.co.uk
 
For the baker…
You don’t need messy icing and sprinkles to decorate biscuits with this cute cookie stamper. Simply press the stamp into the dough to create a ‘Made with Love’ loveheart pattern on the top. It even comes in a sweet gift box – making it a great gift for budding bakers. £2.95 from www.rexlondon.com

The gift of learning

Learn something new in 2019 with these cookery school vouchers 
 
Italian cookery with Ama La Vita
Italian chef Tracey Taziolli shares the tricks and tips she’s picked up living in Italy and learning precious recipes from family, friends, and some of the country’s top chefs. An avid collector of recipes, Tracey now runs classes in her modern, bright cookery school on making authentic pasta, puddings and much more. 
Ama La Vita
Ama La Vita

Tracey offers bespoke sessions as well as regular courses, tailoring the dishes to her students. Perfect for a group of friends, family or colleagues – even as an alternative hen party or birthday celebration – they allow students to learn at their own pace. Or, for an extra special event, Tracey also offers private dining options.

Relaxed and friendly, with a glass or two of wine, her sessions are the perfect introduction to authentic Italian food and hospitality. 
 
Bread baking with Room Forty
Room Forty's Jen Perry
Room Forty’s Jen Perry

Learn to make delicious homemade artisan bread with award-winning bakers Room Forty at their classes across the north west. They have several classes to choose from, depending on your skill level. They have several venues across the region, with regular sessions across Merseyside and Cheshire. They can also run this half day course in your own home or workplace – a great team building or family activity. Sessions are friendly and welcoming and suitable for budding bakers aged 12 upwards.  Can’t see what you’re looking for? They also do bespoke sessions, tailored to your needs.

To book a session, contact Jen at www.roomforty.co.uk
 
Food photography with Jane Burkinshaw
Food photographer Jane Burkinshaw
Food photographer Jane Burkinshaw

Professional food photographer Jane Burkinshaw teaches how to set up simple but stunning food and drink shots, using a range of different backgrounds and props. You will learn which camera settings to use and you will see a dramatic improvement in your photography and your confidence. 

Suitable for people with bridge cameras, D-SLRs or mirrorless cameras. To book contact Jane on www.loveyourlens.co.uk 

For the drinks lovers

Get into the Christmas spirit with these festive favourites…
Cointreau
This Christmas, add a touch of style to any drinks cabinet with a new limited edition bottle of the iconic orange liqueur brand Cointreau.  Created in collaboration with the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martins College, the bottle is limited to 1000 units worldwide, with only 50 at Harvey Nichols, £45.
 
Salcombe Gin
Salcombe has released the second gin from its Salcombe Gin Voyager Series, developed in collaboration with chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix MBE. Named Mischief, after one of the famous Salcombe Fruit Schooners, it features 10 hand selected botanicals, including samphire and wild fennel flowers foraged from the shoreline in Salcombe. £65, www.salcombegin.com.
Foxdenton Estate Gin Christmas Liqueur
Is your drinks cabinet complete for the Christmas season? Get the festive favourite this Winter with Foxdenton Estate’s limited-edition Christmas Liqueur. Like liquid mince pies, this spirit really is Christmas in a bottle. Made with Plum gin, with the addition of a new mix of spices and ginger this is, an even more Christmassy version than before. The spices are very similar to those one uses to make spiced poached pears – everyone is sure to love this festive tipple.
Christmas Liqueur, £20, www.foxdentonestate.co.uk
 
Cranes Liqueur
This sweet liqueur with a twist is made by from Cranes of Cambridge, using a combination of blood orange and cranberries, all the way from Wisconsin, USA. Enjoy Bellini-style in a glass of sparkling wine, or simply over ice and garnished with a chinky slice of orange. £19.95. 
 
The Tweeddale: Grain of Truth 
Heritage brand The Tweeddale has now added a new single grain whisky to its repertoire – Grain of Truth. The Tweeddale was first blended by J&A Davidson in 1820 in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders, and later continued by Richard Day from 1895 to 1940. In 2009 Alasdair Day – great-grandson of Richard Day – decided to recreate The Tweeddale and to continue Richard Day’s eminent legacy. £50, raasaydistillery.com.
 
Metaxa
Spyros Metaxa built his first distillery in 1888 in Piraeus, the port of Athens. His unique one-of- a-kind amber spirit was soon being exported around the Mediterranean. Although it was first compared to a Cognac and later to a brandy, today, it is recognised for what it is, a unique amber spirit.
 
The Botanist 
The Botanist is an artisan hand-crafted and distilled gin from the Scottish island of Islay. As the first and only Islay Dry Gin it is truly unique, with 22 hand-foraged, local herbs and flowers delicately and slowly distilled with nine classic gin botanicals. RRP £37.
 
Raasay While We Wait 
Raasay Distillery has released Raasay While We Wait 2018 – the fourth of the brand’s independently bottled single malts in the countdown to 2020 when the first ever Raasay single malt will be released. Matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Tuscan Montechiari wine casks, it’s a taste of what we can look forward to. £58, raasaydistillery.com

Stocking fillers

Mac & Wild Scottish cocktails 
Mac & Wild Scottish cocktails are the perfect presents this Christmas. Whether as a stocking filler, under the tree – or just to enjoy with pals and family at home this festive season. Hand-crafted in small batches in Edinburgh by Mac & Wild’s mixologist Luke Leiper, this pre-bottled cocktail range is expertly created by blending Scotland’s finest whiskies and spirits infused with locally sourced Scottish herbs and botanicals.
 
Long Tail Mixers 
Long Tail Mixers are the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas season. Developed by lifelong friends, Alex Jollivet and Tom Wiggett, Long Tail Mixers was inspired by drinking dark spirits during their travels. The mixers’ three flavours – Blood Orange, Island Spice and Ginger Lime – are blended from natural ingredients with carbonated spring water.
 
Luscombe Cranberry Crush
A gently sparkling non-alcoholic drink, Cranberry Crush has a hint of Damascan rose and Madagascan vanilla. Think of it as a non-alcoholic rose wine, but if you want a little kick, it makes a delicious layer for a pink spritzer or a Sea Breeze. http://www.luscombe.co.uk.