If there’s one gift that makes me shudder each year (other than the vodka filled glass stiletto) then it’s the enormous salt and pepper grinders. If they work beyond the third twist, then I’m not sure either seasoning is really going to do the trick. Better in my book to buy someone great seasonings and skip the grinders, or the other way round. So, first post, the seasonings:
* I love Devonshire Gourmet Salt Company’s range, and find it hard to pick just one out. There’s the Christmas Seasoning salt, with a blend of ginger, lemon, cloves and cinnamon, which just sounds like Christmas. Personally I’d be very keen on the Coconut and Lime Sea Salt, never mind for cooking, great to put on the rim of a glass for a margarita! These are not expensive, so buy a few for one person, or lots to give as stocking fillers. Also take a look at their popcorn seasonings, as popcorn is definitely having a moment.
* I seem to meet Mark from Gourmet Spice Co on a fairly regular basis at various food shows, and always end up stocking up on great little pots of seasoning. Which I then seem to give away as gifts! There are some amazing flavours on offer like Fennel & Vanilla, Chilli, Spiced Seaweed or the new Winter Spice Salt. Again, lots to choose from, reasonable prices, so generosity can know no limits!
* I am very fond of Spices of India, just for sheer variety. There are plenty of peppercorns of all sorts of colour on offer and you could create a whole hamper of spices to suit the cooking preferences of the recipient.
* Steenbergs is not exactly an unusual choice, but I do like their packaging, and it’s probably a safe gift for someone you don’t know particularly well other than that they have an interest in food. There’s both a salt and a pepper gift, so something for everyone.
* I’ve featured the Spicery before, but worth mentioning again as they have a good selection of peppers including kampot and long pepper. Never heard of either, so possibly worth a good selection for the adventurous cook. There’s always the Insanity Salt if they fancy something a little spicy.
Seasoning is too vital to leave it to chance, so do everyone a favour, and a flavour, and buy some decent stuff this Christmas.