Day Two – Getting Hot Under the Collar at Christmas:
Still struggling to think what to give a food loving friend for Christmas? Here’s another idea with a decent shelf life! Spicentice have a great range of spicy gift packs and should bring a smile to the face of any aspiring world cook. A little while ago I was introduced to the concept of ‘the kitchen as a theatre’ – a growing trend for foodies to enjoy cooking and entertaining as much for being the star of their own ‘come dine with me’ as because of the food itself. Of course it’s de facto that the food cooked will be delicious and fabulous. But, part of the fun is the spectacle of creation.
So If your gift recipient is the sort of cook who likes a bit of kitchen drama (of the good sort) and exploring new tastes and flavours, then a Spicentice gift pack might just be perfect. The packaging is right on-trend – bold block colours that will look great in a modern kitchen. And each pack has clear instructions on how to use the content and what ingredients you should buy.
I particularly like the rubs, which come in neat stackable tins. And as a cook who has tried a few spice packs before, I appreciate that everything is dried. Those packs I’ve used where there’s a liquid component in a polypack somehow taste a bit processed to me. I’d rather use my own fresh or canned ingredients. While in general I really don’t like ready meals , I completely understand the concept of individual spice packs for cooking. If you want to make chicken jalfrezi for instance you’ll need tandoori powder, chilli powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala (which is made up of four spices!) and turmeric. Or your own ras al hanout rub – paprika, ginger, coriander, cumin cassia, turmeric, salt sugar, chill, black pepper, nutmeg, all spice,cardomom and rose petals! For those of us who live in London flats and don’t cook this kind of dish every day…that’s a lot of spices that will gradually degrade if they are not used up quickly. And Spicentice spice packs have won plenty of good taste golds, so you know they are going to be good.
There’s a choice of three different gift packs – the Rubs come in a box of all seven varieties for £29.99 and there’s an Indian cookery pack with a mixture of spice packs and some chutney and lime pickle too, or a pack of the world spice kit mixes with eight different packs. both for £19.99. The packaging is really classy and if you want to add in a little extra they have great black aprons for £9.99!
A fabulous present for a food lover who likes to explore a bit – and one that will last through 2013. To find out more about Spicentice and order your Christmas pressies online you could check out the Spicentice Website.
Disclosure I was sent a couple of spice packs to test free of charge. All views expressed here are my own.