Cook’s comestibles

Winemaker’s salt

You’ll hear no moaning if you give a wine-loving gourmet this super seasoning salt. The red blend is really ruddy good, adding both vin and vim to food.

Available from Sous Chef, £4.50

Tregothnan Edible chilli and herb decorations

Deck the halls with boughs of… chillies, herbs and flowers. Whether you opt for a wreath, table decoration, trug or garland, all are entirely edible.

Available from Tregothnan, from £34.95

Green Saffron Turkey Delight spice mix

Pop a sachet of this marvellous masala in someone’s stocking to ensure there’s more to festive leftovers than trite turkey sarnies.

Available from Green Saffron, €2.95

Fauchon’Un Soir de Noel’ citrus marmalade

This preserve will bring sunshine to someone’s breakfast table. It’s cooked in small batches in traditional copper pots, and lifted with sweet spices.

Available from Selfridges, £5.99

Calabrian powdered liquorice

Added to savoury preparations in judicious amounts, this adds woody, aromatic depth to dishes from around the globe. Turkey mole, anyone?

Available from Sous Chef, £5.50

J Friend  & Co Pohutukawa Christmas honey

Known as the’New Zealand Christmas Tree’, the Pohutukawa plant blooms each December and its nectar yields this buttery, slightly salty beauty.

Available from Harvey Nichols, £7.99

Christmas pudding flavour drops

This highly-concentrated, versatile elixir imbues any food or drink with an authentic’pud’ flavour – all citrus, spice and dried fruit. Try it in ice cream.

Available from Cream Supplies, £5.95

Food of the Great Trunk Road and Spice Tins

Fancy something a little spicy after all that cream and cake and chocolate? Cooks will love Moti Mahal’s Spice tin and ‘Food of the Grand Trunk Road’ recipe book


The Spice tins, which come in a branded traditional masala tin, contain seven essential spice blends that have been selected by the Head Chef to compliment the recipes in the book. You can buy them in the Moti Mahal restaurant

And a little something to get Christmas morning off to a festive start…

The Collective Limited-edition’Christmas Pudding’ yogurt

After Santa’s left your swag, dive into a bowl of this rich, creamy yogurt layered up with sultanas, warming winter spices, and tangy orange zest.

Available from major supermarkets, RRP £2.39

Be sure to also check out our list of Drinks, for those times when a loved one deserves a good tipple.