Ok first question, what the hell is Romanesco? Romanesco is that strange almost other worldly (martian possibly) looking cauliflower that has spiky fleurettes instead of the usual rounded ones. It is very popular in France and is now readily available in the UK in larder supermarkets and farmers markets.
Spiced Apple Vinegar is another great little foodie gift that is easy to make and not something your friends will have come across in the shops. It is good to mix up your Christmas hampers and have sweet and savoury goodies, oils, vinegars, drinks, sweets, cookies etc, a good selection is always best.
Potted Cheese makes a great addition to your Christmas hampers and is the perfect way to use up bits and pieces of different cheeses if you want to mix up the flavours. Potting cheese, shrimps etc is a very old British traditional way of preserving.
Pickled onions are a great Brittish staple. You just can’t imagine the classic ploughman’s lunch without pickled onions gracing the plate. They are the perfect addition to any cold meat or cheese platter too.
Feta cheese what could be more Greek than that. When The Big Cheese Company asked me to try out their Feta Cheese Kit I just couldn’t resist. I eat feta almost every day while I’m over in Crete so making my own feta seemed almost too good to be true.
Red Pepper Pesto may seem a step too far for those of you who think of pesto as that green stuff in jars in the supermarket, but think again my friends. Pesto is fabulous stuff and making your own is the only way to go. Forget plain basil pesto and think outside the jar and…
It’s time to get cracking on making those festive foodie gifts for family and friends. This Fiery Mustard is a great idea and takes you away from the usual sweet jams and preserves that are so popular in gift hampers.
It is The Scottish Country Living Fair this week and I shall be making these delicious Figgy Pudding Balls on stage every day along with my Scotch Weyhay! liqueur. I got the idea for these Figgy Pudding Balls from the Spanish Quince paste that they serve with cheese.