Posted 25th Nov 2014
Day two of our online Christmas gift guide (from 24th to 28th November 2014) and we take a look at the best festive fare on offer this season
Dreaming of an iced Christmas
Create an edible winter wonderland in the run up to Christmas at the Biscuiteers School of Icing in Notting Hill, London. Learn how to ice a collection of delicious festive biscuits, from beautiful snowflakes and cute snowmen to presents of all shapes and sizes and the classic Christmas pudding. Classes include expert tuition in a small group of no more than 10 people, and students leave with their very own tin of iced biscuits, plenty of tips and techniques to try at home, a handy 10% discount to use in the boutique after class and a souvenir cotton apron to take away. Iced Christmas workshops take place on 3rd, 7th and 21st December 2014 and are priced at £78 per person. Visit www.biscuiteers.com/school to book or to find out more.
A truly British Christmas
Full of all your favourite festive treats from iconic British brands including Walkers Shortbread, Thorntons and Atkins & Potts, Smith & Kinghorn food hampers are the perfect Christmas gift for the whole family this Yuletide. The Festive Hamper comes complete with a Fox's Christmas pudding, Thorntons truffles, Mercers apple, sage and cider jelly, Rose Farm harvest chutney, Walkers Shortbread, Mrs Darlington's cranberry sauce with port, Brewhoho Christmas tea, Thorncroft cordial, Cottage Delight strawberry jam, Atkins & Potts brandy sauce and Walkers Glenfiddich mincemeat tarts, whilst the Yuletide Hamper is filled with Walkers white chocolate and raspberry biscuits, Thorntons chocolates, Dundee cake, Mrs Darlington's orange curd with Cointreau, Walkers traditional oatcakes, Thorncroft cordials, Dormen dry roast nuts, Divine chocolate, Mrs Bridges Christmas marmalade and chutney, Epicure cheese straws and Mercers beer and black pepper mustard – all presented in a beautiful box with a personalised message of your choice. The luxury hampers cost £49.99 each plus delivery, and for a limited time only are on a buy one get one free special offer online at www.smithandkinghornhampers.co.uk. Hampers can be purchased up until 20th December 2014.
From Yorkshire with love
Make someone's Christmas extra special with this selection of festive delicacies from Bettys in Yorkshire. Presented in a beautiful hat box illustrated by Yorkshire artist Emily Sutton, the Christmas selection includes indulgent chocolates, Christmas fruit cake, spiced Christmas shortbread, chocolate and orange biscuits, fruit jellies, strawberry preserve, milk and dark chocolate coated almonds and milk chocolate soldiers. The Christmas hat box costs £75 and is available to buy from www.bettys.co.uk.
Plan the perfect festive feast
Take the stress out of the festive season with Cooks, The Carlton School of Food's Countdown to Christmas cookery course. Helping you to prepare in advance, the course takes you through recipes for making mincemeat, pastry, sauces, puddings, simple canapés and Christmas biscuits ahead of the big day. After a morning of cooking students will get to take all of their Christmas goodies home with them along with full instructions on storing, reheating and serving. Countdown to Christmas takes place on 2nd and 5th December 2014 from 9.30am until 1pm and costs £70 per person. Visit www.cooksatcarlton.co.uk or call 01405 861 662 for more information or to book.
Meat lovers unite
Give the foodie in your family the ultimate cookery gift this Christmas with a day of artisan curing and smoking at River Cottage in Devon. The practical one-day Meat Curing and Smoking course will give you the confidence and know-how to create truly great, flavoursome ingredients such as salt beef, salami and hot smoked fish. With the chance to learn basic butchery skills and key techniques for both curing and smoking, plus plenty to taste along the way with a delicious lunch in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's famous farmhouse included, this cookery course promises to make the foodie of the family very happy this Christmas. Meat Curing and Smoking can be booked online via www.rivercottage.net/cookery-school or by phoning 01297 630 300, and runs from approximately 10am until 5pm, priced at £195 per person. The next courses are running on 6th and 14th December 2014, and on 18th, 23rd and 29th January 2015.
By Natalie Crofts