From stocking fillers to gourmet experiences, there is something in our gourmet gift edit that will ignite the palate of even the most jaded gourmand …
Ross Lewis’s Chapter One restaurant is celebrated for many reasons, and their world famous Irish coffee is one. This Christmas, Éalú Experiences have curated a range of gourmet gifts and masterclasses and learning the art of this famous concoction (with all ingredients included) is just one of the special experiences on offer. Other unique gifts available include a Taco and Gin Cocktails masterclass with Chef Erica Drum and mixologist Federico Riezzo or a lesson in creating the very best festive brunch from Kevin Dundon, all delivered in the comfort of your own home. There is also a selection of classic drinks boxes to create the perfect pre dinner apéritif or indeed post dinner digestif. From €42.35 www.ealuexperiences.com.
Hampers from Roots Kitchen
Based in Co Cork, Roots Kitchen is the brainchild of chef/proprietor Donna O’Driscoll whose passion for local produce is evident. Those lucky enough to live in Cork city and its environs can choose from a selection of handmade hampers including a curry hamper, a tapas box or a family hamper box which contains four hand-prepared meals that epitomise comfort food. For the rest of us, we will have to make do with choosing from Roots Kitchen’s nationwide offerings which include a Hot Chocolate Gift Box, Roots Spice Collection (with excellent homemade dukkah) and Local Cheese and Chutney Gift Box. From €20 www.rootskitchen.ie.
Sunday Lunch Voucher from Ballymaloe House
If there was a bucket list dedicated to extraordinary Sunday lunches, then I’m confident that lunch at Ballymaloe House would feature quite prominently. Their iconic ‘sweet trolley’ has won awards in its own right, being a Sunday lunch staple since its introduction by Myrtle Allen in 1965. More recently, the ‘sweet trolley’ has taken part in international pop-ups where the seasonal desserts and homemade ice-cream with Jersey milk received widespread accolades. On top of that, there is also the starters and main courses to contend with…€100 for two, www.ballymaloehouse.com.
Linen Apron from Enrich and Endure
If it’s good enough for cookbook author and TV chef Molly Yeh, then it’s good enough for us. These 100% Irish linen aprons are produced in Banbridge, Co Down by brother and sister team Lorcan and Sarah Quinn and have been featured in many esteemed publications such as The Sunday Times, Homes & Garden, The New York Times and The Guardian. They would make the perfect gift for the home cook in your life, and are both beautiful and practical to boot. Enrich and Endure also make a range of stunning kitchen linens as well face masks for the year that’s in it. From £75 www.enrichandendure.com.
Braw Bakes Bakery and Chocolatier
Founded in Limerick by Anna Coffey Lynch, Braw Bakes originally started as a personal project for Anna who wanted to create care packages of sweet treats for family and friends, and has now grown into a flourishing business. There are cupcakes, brownies and sweet treats galore available for delivery. Their Christmas chocolate selection of gingerbread caramel, mince pie, and hazelnut & sea salt chocolate bars is proving so popular that pre-orders are now open. From €5 www.braw-chocolate.myshopify.com.
The Irish Cookbook by JP McMahon
With 480 beautifully photographed home cooking recipes that celebrate the produce from Ireland’s bountiful lands and seas, The Irish Cookbook is a book every kitchen (Irish or not) should have. With many well-loved traditional dishes featured, there is also a wide selection of lesser known delicacies to try at home. Go the extra mile and order a signed copy from JP’s Aniar restaurant. €55, www.aniarrestaurant.ie.
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