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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Food & Kitchen Ideas And Gifts To Try This Christmas...


I love to find new and exciting food and drink products to try out. Especially around Christmas time.

There is so much choice of food and drink around and I like to try different things that I would not have usually tried before. Then I know what I want to have around the kitchen and on the table comes Christmas.

Wheather you are looking out for new things to try this Christmas or something a gift for someone, today have a few lovely ideas.


Today I am sharing some new things have been sent to try over Christmas with you. See if there is anything you would like to try out too.


Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin anyone?


How about trying this Bullards Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin?

I had never tried Gin until we visited my Sister-in-laws house this summer and now I am a big fan.

I can not wait to try this one as I love strawberries and I sprinkle pepper on everything savoury.

It will be interesting to see how pepper it tastes in something sweet.

I am thinking it will be great for Christmas parties served with ice, tonic mint and fresh strawberries.


About Bullards Norwich Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin :

Bullards Norwich Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin is light, fresh and full of flavour.

Distilled in the heart of Norwich, fresh strawberries are used both during distillation and infusion with no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners.

Sweet and fruity on both the nose and to taste (with just a hint of tartness) the peppery juniper is offset with the black pepper - adding a slight kick with a pleasantly dry finish. Serve with plenty of ice and either Elderflower tonic or regular tonic water and garnish with strawberry slices.

70cl £37.95 from 31Dover.

My lovely friends over at 31Dover have also offered my family, friends and readers a 10% off to use on their site this season. If you want to save some money on your wines and spirits this year, simply  add this code when you get to the checkout:

CLAIRE31D10

Love fudge? I know I do.

If you do too, how about trying these new flavoured festive fudges?

Festive Fudge Flavours from Copperpot Originals:

It's the countdown to Christmas! Copperpot Originals has reinvented two fantastic festive flavours of fudge, perfect for the winter season.

Created using Copperpot Originals flagship flavour, English Butter Fudge as a base, sweet-treat lovers will be able to try Apple & Cinnamon Butter Fudge and Christmas Spiced Butter Fudge, available online from 1 October.

Apple & Cinnamon Butter Fudge has a deliciously sweet and spicy taste. The aromatic fudge both crumbles and melts in your mouth. Perfect from Autumn onwards the heart-warming sweet treat is great for hampers, stocking fillers and food-lovers!

Prices from £3.99 a box on the Copperpot Originals website.


One for the beer lovers. My Husband loves the odd glass of beer and I bet he can not wait to try these 2 new ones I have found him.

Old Mulled Hen & Rocking Rudolph:

Old Mulled Hen, which is a warming winter ale with rich clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavour. 

Rocking Rudolph, a number one Christmas Cask Al. The beer is a full bodied beer with redcurrant and blackcurrant flavours, along with a malted toffee taste. A crisp bitter finish. 

The drinks are now available in supermarkets: Old Mulled Hen is stocked at Morrisons and Nisa & Rocking Rudolph is stocked at Aldi.


Looking for a little help in the kitchen? Need someone to stir the pans whilst you carry on with another job? Help is at hand with this automatic pan stirrer! How cool.

Stirr - Automatic Pan Stirrer:

At the push of a button, this unique product rotates by itself and travels around your pan stirring sauces, soups, porridge, gravy and lots more perfectly.

Leaving you free to get on with something else. (Don't worry complaining about slaving over a hot stove is still allowed!)

Easy one-handed push button operation with 3-speed options.

This model has moulded plastic legs for a sleeker look. They can be clicked off and placed in the dishwasher.

Cordless battery operation - 4 x AA batteries are required.

£18.99 from Uutensil.


Are you looking for handmade cakes? Or maybe you are looking for gluten-free, vegan or low sugar treats?

Elizabeth D bakes Gluten-Free Cranberry, Pistachio and Orange Stollen:

This handmade gluten-free stollen is bursting with nuts and fruit and scented with fresh orange and cardamom. The marzipan gives it a beautifully moist centre. It is made with all-natural ingredients and makes a glorious “free from” gift that everyone can enjoy.

£16.50 for a Stollen gift box. over on their website.

ElizabethDbakes offers an extensive range of handmade cakes, loaves, brownies and bars and offers a sweet treat to everyone within the range, no matter whether you’re looking for gluten-free, vegan or low sugar goodies.


Pistachio Spread:

This is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a nutty indulgence. Made from the finest Italian nuts, these delicious and creamy spreads are perfect for topping toast, pancakes, yoghurts, smoothies, ice cream and cakes. They contain no palm oil or salt and each jar has been awarded a highly coveted 1 gold star Great Taste Award in 2017.

Made from hand-harvested and kiln-roasted Sicilian green pistachios to produce a sweet flavour and creamy texture. Grown in eastern Sicily, Sicilian pistachios are known as the "volcanic" pistachios as they are grown in the area around Mount Etna. They are slightly longer and thinner than other varieties from other parts of the world. They have an intense aroma and a stronger and sharper taste, partly due to the volcanic soil from where its grown.
Spread on toast, use as filling for cakes, pancakes and macarons, or stir into vanilla ice-cream or frozen yoghurt for a nutty twist.

£5.95 a jar

Net Weight - 200g
Naturally free-from gluten, palm oil and salt
Suitable for vegetarians
Produced in a halal-certified factory

Avalible from The Nut Kitchen.


Mini Nut Butter Jar:

How sweet are these mini nut jars? These are £2.50 each.

Available from Nutural World, who have a range of festive spreads.

The spreads are available in a festive gift set, the jars are 170g each, which costs £15.99


Botonique:

Botonique, a new and unique non-alcoholic botanical drink, which is the perfect Christmas gift for those who love wine, but don’t want to, or can no longer, drink alcohol.

This will be great for Christmas dinner. My children who would love this a nice alternative to pop. A posh Christmas drink.

Botonique has been expertly crafted by experienced wine merchant, Hilary Marsh, who when deciding to reduce her own wine intake, found that non-alcoholic drinks alternatives were too sweet and a frustrating shadow of the drink she loves, which did not complement food like a good wine does. As a keen mixologist, Hilary decided to take a completely different approach by creating the distinctive, intriguing and captivating taste of Botonique that has the complexity and long finish often associated with white wine.

Retailing at just £7.99 for a 750ml bottle

What do you think?

See anything you fancy trying or buying for someone this Christmas?

About this post:

I was asked to pick out some of my favourite things out for this Christmas/food gift guide from a few different brands. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.

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25 comments

  1. All of these treats sound so great!
    We are going to try a couple of new homemade treats this year - limoncello and Irish cream. We're hoping to give them as gifts, so fingers crossed that they turn out well. :-)

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  2. I'm loving all the gin flavours out at the moment. Those spreads at the end look good too #TriedTested

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  3. Mmmmm, stollen is one of my absolute favourites! It's a good thing you only tend to see it at Christmas or I'd put on so much weight! Love the sound of the gin too, it sounds really different and a combination that I can see working, and who doesn't love fudge? Great choices

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    1. Thanks Katy. I eat far to much at Christmas and have to work hard in January :)

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  4. Ohh! Yum! So many tasty treats. I love the sound of the Apple & Cinnamon fudge and the Stollen! I do love this time of year. hehehe x

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  5. Ooh the gin sounds lovely! I have recently discovered a love of gin cocktails so I must try this one and I love stollen at Christmas time! :)

    #TriedTested

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    1. Thanks :) I have only just started drinking Gin too.

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  6. There are some weird and wonderful things on this list that I never seen before. Love the automatic stirrer, what a great idea! Would come in handy in my house as all my "helpers" tend to disappear. I would defintely enjoy trying that fudge

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  7. Ooh, these all sound amazing. I'll have the gin and fudge, please :)

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  8. Wow I look the look of the automatic stirrer I never even knew such a thing existed that would be great for morning porridge and risotto!

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  9. Oo I've never heard of pistachio spread, but it sounds so delicious :)

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  10. Hi Claire, I can't stand the smell of gin, but I must admit that the strawberry and black pepper falvour does sound appealing if it overpowers the smell of the gin!... And those fudges! Oh my! They wouldn't last long in this house. Christmas is when I make vanilla fudge, but maybe I should try sprinkling a little Christmas spice juts to see how it turns out!

    #weekendbloghop

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    1. Hehe, thanks Debbie. i had to hid the fudge as I have a sweet tooth and would eat them all :)

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  11. All that food looks good, but of I had to choose one it would be the gin! #ThatFridayLinky

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  12. The fudge sounds amazing, it is my favourite x

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