The BBC Good Food Show is always a great place to go Christmas shopping, and I found some fab ideas for foodie gifts while I was there. If you didn’t find what you were looking for in my Gifts for Food Lovers post, then let these gift ideas inspire you.
Almost as soon as I entered the show, I came across this stunning display of Marcato Atlas pasta machines from Tutto Pasta.
They do have the more usual chrome finish as well, but these coloured versions look so pretty! Marcato are world renowned maker of pasta machines. So they are definitely a fab gift idea for someone who fancies making their own pasta. And Tutto Italia have all sorts of other pasta gadgets as well, from drying racks to gnocchi paddles.
I was very tempted by these Bacon and Salmon curing kits from Ross & Ross. The bacon kits take just 7 days, so in a week you could be eating your very own home-cured bacon sandwich! The original Bacon Curing kit comes in three varieties, original, smoked and sweet. There’s also a spicy version which also has three different cure varieties, with flavours such as juniper, fennel and star anise.
Ross & Ross also sell hampers and gift vouchers, and they have a catering service as well!
Buying food gifts for people with allergies can definitely be a bit tricky. But I was really impressed when I visited the Delicious Alchemy stand at the BBC Good Food Show. Their gluten-free Chocolate Brownie mix makes some of the squidgiest brownies I’ve had in a long time, without any hint of dryness. Even though none of us are gluten intolerant, I still bought a few packs to bake at home!
They have a lovely Christmas Crackers gift box on their website. It would make a thoughtful gift if you are buying for someone who has to avoid gluten.
One of my favourite stops at this year’s Show was the Little Doone stand. Little Doone are an award-winning producer of sweet balsamic dressings, run by Colin and Tanya. Lyle and I stopped and chatted with Colin for a few minutes, and he’s clearly so passionate about his produce, which is always fantastic to see. After tasting the dressings, I can understand why! The dressings are intensely flavoured, sweet, and delicious. They come in a range of varieties including Chilli, Lemon Zest and my personal favourite, Raspberry.
I took home a bottle of the Raspberry balsamic dressing, and can’t wait to use it. The dressings are available from stockists across the country, and also from the Little Doone website.
And this unusual looking item is my final foodie gift idea from this year’s BBC Good Food Show.
It’s a Flowerpot Home Smoking kit, which uses Smoke Genie smoking wood blocks, which easily interlink to make home smoking ever so simple. You can easily make your own cold smoked salmon, bacon, cheese or other dishes at home.
The Smoke Genie website also has all sorts of recipes and information about smoking food. I’d absolutely love to receive one of these for Christmas!