Ah Christmas, a great time for foodies. Or a nightmare. Depending on what Santa leaves you. Here’s what I think foodies are feeling:
Maybe this is the year Santa will leave them the bit of kitchen kit they’ve been longing for. Or some extravagant ingredient, like a fabulous white truffle. I think there’ll be things like KitchenAid mixers and Kin Knives on the lists.
At the thought of extra large pepper grinders and bottles of oil with things in them. Or more precisely, finding them under the tree with their name on it.
Nigella or Nigel? Mary or Nadiya? Hairy Bikers or Jamie Oliver? The only thing that food lovers are probably not confused about is that they have too many cookbooks. But choosing between new ones for Christmas? Like the Krypton Factor for food lovers, or trying to choose between your children.
All those catalogues popping through the letterbox will be tempting them to slightly ridiculous additions to their Christmas list. A Bengal compote. Almost all the tea towels at Anthropologie. A cactus salt and pepper shaker. All of which they might regret somewhere around Boxing Day.
Most food lovers will be thinking about what they’ll be cooking and baking for others. It’s a time of abundance and indulgence, and they’ll be thinking about what to do for others, not just what to ask Santa for.
What’s not to love for food lovers? Whether you’re meat eaters or vegans, clean eaters or full on gourmands, this is the mid-winter moment to be in the kitchen or around the table, creating happy moments.
Whatever you’re feeling, the time to get organised is upon us. Get out and support your local businesses and producers this Christmas, and beyond. That’ll help you keep feeling happy and generous all year long.