With Christmas just around the corner, we’re giving you the chance to win a cracker of a prize: a hamper full of delicious goodies…
We’ve been busy gathering an array of tasty festive treats to stuff into our lovely wicker hamper and it’s just about full to bursting. There’s everything from Christmas marmalade and artisan chocolates to mulled wine and teas – and it could all be yours if you enter our competition.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is sign up to the mailing list and answer a couple of quick questions here before Sunday 14th December 2014, and a winner will be pulled out of the hat on Monday 15th December. Please note that following the blog only will not count as an entry – you need to sign up to the mailing list and answer a couple of quick questions by clicking here.
The lucky winner will be notified via email. Good luck everyone!
Read on to find out exactly what’s hidden away inside…
For well over half a century Lakeland has served the UK’s foodies very well. The company has grown into a business that prides itself on its expertise and the quality of its product lines and knowledge; so much so, in fact, that every purchase is backed with a customer-first, no-quibble returns policy for if anyone is ever unhappy with an item. This kind of dedication and focus means that Lakeland is the first port of call for appliances, cookware and kitchen utensils. For our cracking Christmas hamper, Lakeland have bestowed us with:
Chocolate Sprout Roulette – not as deadly as the Russian version but equally feared, this fun game has you and friends spinning a makeshift roulette wheel and picking a chocolate to eat until someone discovers the green goblin. They’ll cry, you’ll laugh, and everyone will at some point enjoy a soft-centered treat.
Boasting an array of naturally made products free from preservatives, colourings and artificial flavours, it’s no wonder the Hawkshead Relish Company has received over 40 Great Taste Awards. All products are handmade in the English Lake District village of Hawkshead, and if you’re looking to fill up your store cupboard with gourmet goodies or stock up on Christmas condiments then this is the place to look – and there are plenty of gifts for your foodie friends too. They have thoughtfully provided for the hamper:
Christmas Triple Pack – this gift pack contains three jars of delicious festive relish. The Christmas Chutney is beautifully fruity and lightly spiced with seasonal spices; the Boxing Day Chutney is a lighter fruity chutney and goes perfectly with cheese and cold meats; and finally the Michaelmas Relish is delightfully chunky with a hint of spice, and can be used as a salsa or even stirred into pasta.
The House of Bruar sits, rather majestically, at the foot of the Bruar Falls in Pitlochry so it really is somewhere special to visit. When you’re not pootling around the shops and food hall simply glance around you: the views are to die for. The House itself is a shopaholics dream, packed to the gunwales with quality clothes, homewares, jewellery, art and, of course, food. When it comes to British food, award-winning butchery and fine wines there are few places that can match it. Add it to your bucket list of great places to visit, or if you’re looking to stock up the cupboard from afar, stock up your online basket – they deliver! Our lucky hamper winner will find luxury chocolates from House of Bruar among the contents:
House of Bruar Marc de Champagne Truffles – these bad boys are made by folding butter into melted milk chocolate and then adding that all important fizz. Cover in only the finest chocolate and dust with icing sugar and you have truffles to make you sigh.
House of Bruar Finest Chocolate Selection – an ultimate collection of milk, white and dark chocolates and truffles made with the best Belgium chocolate for melt-in-the-mouth deliciousness. A treat to share, or to keep to yourself, these will see you through those Christmas films.
The art of milling flour is still going strong at Bacheldre Watermill in the Welsh Marches, where owners Matt and Anne have re-invigorated an old, disused mill and returned it to its former glory. This beautiful mill not only looks the part but it produces properly milled flour using a mix of ancient and modern methods, still using water just as it was built to do as it did back in 1575. Everyone from home cooks to Michelin starred chefs are after this unadulterated, stone-ground flour. You’ll find a dusting of flour gracing your Christmas Hamper:
Bacheldre Watermill Stoneground Rye Flour – rye flour contains less gluten than wholemeal flour, so is a much better option for those with gluten intolerances. Roll up your sleeves and get kneading, you’ll be a making a fine loaf with this quality flour.
The folk at Teapigs are self-confessed tea addicts and put their obsession to good use hand-picking quality blends for tea-lovers’ delectation. Teapigs was started in 2006 by Nick and Louise, who met while working at a big tea company. Realising there was a whole world of tasty teas that weren’t getting the attention they deserved, the pair set about bringing them into the spotlight – and so Teapigs was born. Their dedication to sourcing whole leaf tea of the highest quality and offering a range that showcases a diverse selection of teas has made Teapigs a firm favourite with tea enthusiasts everywhere.
For the hamper they have kindly provided:
Spiced Winter Red Tea – these are basically Christmas in a tea temple. Within these naturally caffeine-free, biodegradable bags of Christmas cheer is a very festive blend of orange peel, cinnamon and cloves on a redbush tea base.
Glass Jar – a lovely Teapigs-branded jar to keep your tea temples safe and sound.
Fresh, quality food is at the heart of what Waitrose does. Its partners are passionate about food provenance, championing British produce and treading lightly on the environment. This is the Waitrose Way, an ethos which has earned it a place in the hearts of families and foodies alike.
Its partnership with one of the UK’s most celebrated and innovative chefs, Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck in Bray, is inspired – with a shared passion for exceptional food, the resulting culinary creations are of the high standard you would expect from Waitrose, with an unexpected twist that only an ingenious chef like Heston could provide. Waitrose have generously donated to the hamper:
Heston from Waitrose Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding – combine the quality of Waitrose’s offering with the creativity of Heston Blumenthal, and what do you get? Only one of the best Christmas puddings you’re ever likely to eat. The essential oils from the peel of the whole candied orange hidden in the centre infuse it from the inside out, resulting in an incredibly moist and moreish pud.
Sainsbury’s is synonymous with family values and ethical practices, and has been since 1869 when John James Sainsbury and his wife Mary Ann opened their first store in London’s Drury Lane. They now have over 1200 supermarkets and work tirelessly to provide quality products and to keep the consumer informed. From reducing packaging in order to help the war effort in 1944 to supporting FairTrade products and charitable enterprises like the Woodland Trust and Comic Relief, Sainsbury’s has made sure that it’s a name you can trust.
The Taste the Difference range brings a touch of decadence to your dinner table, and you can always be sure that you’re buying a trusted product – after all, every product in the range is tested by a panel of customers before it hits the shelves. For the hamper, Sainsbury’s has contributed:
Taste the Difference Belgian Chocolate & Cassis Pudding – a decadent and sumptuous Christmas pudding for a fruity, boozy treat this festive season.
Travel inspired James Ransome’s passion for good food and a visit to the spice market in Marrakech confirmed his desire to work with spices. Thus, The Spicery was born, and from humble beginnings in James’ spare room back in 2005, the company has been built up to a successful and innovative business in the spice trade. The concept is simple: with a subscription to The Spicery, you’ll be sent a monthly delivery of exquisite, fresh spices. Use these to create a culinary masterpiece from a far-off corner of the globe.
A range of Monthly Spiceboxes is available to ensure that you get the perfect box every month – choose from World Kitchen, Friday Night Curry and Date Night. A subscription pack is an ideal gift for food lovers, whether they’re experienced in the kitchen or not, as they are, above all else, easy and convenient. The focus is on flavour and flagrance rather than heat, and every recipe is tried and tested ten times before being sent out to subscribers. For the hamper, The Spicery has contributed a three-month subscription.
Based at Westnorth Manor Farm in the picturesque village of Duloe near Liskeard, Cornish Orchards produces a range of premium-quality ciders, apple juices, preserves and other artisan products using hand-picked apples from the farm’s three orchards. The company was set up by landowner Andy Atkinson as part of the Cornwall Council’s Orchard Project, which was designed to restore the county’s existing apple orchards and encourage the planting of new ones using old varieties.
Now home to one of the largest collections of Cornish apple varieties in the country, the farm employs around 20 labourers from the local community to assist in the picking, pressing and bottling process. Dedicated to quality, Cornish Orchards has received high praise for its products, winning numerous awards, including first prize in the CAMRA National Cider Awards 2012. Cornish Orchards have kindly donated:
Wassail Mulled Cider and Preserve Duo – a flagon of spiced Cornish cider with a jar of handmade apple chutney; grab yourself some cheese and bread and you’ll have everything needed for a cosy night in.
When their first crop of chillies was ready to harvest, John and Lisa Watkins were so excited that they decided everyone should have a go at growing their own goodies. Beginning with chillies and eventually branching out to encompass coffee plants, grape vines and Venus fly traps (amongst many others), every seed is hand-picked and safely packaged to give growers the best odds at making a magnificent plant of their own. Each of their grown-your-own kits includes strong, healthy seeds and easy-to-follow instructions, meaning even those with the black thumb can become budding horticulturists. For the hamper, they have kindly given:
Make Your Own Ginger Beer with Hot Chilli Kit – this kit contains just about everything you’ll need to make this tasty treat, and it couldn’t be simpler: all you’ll need to do is add water and sugar!
Keeping alive Scotland’s proud jam-making heritage, Mackays craft some jolly good jams and preserves. Founded in 1938 and still going strong, Mackays’ policies demand that their jam starts with only the finest quality fruit, grown in the berry fields of eastern Scotland. The whole fruit, whether strawberry, raspberry or blackcurrant, is used for a sweeter, better flavour. No artificial colours or preservative are added. Similar attention to detail is paid in the sourcing of the oranges for their marmalade, which are picked in sunny Seville.
Pure cane sugar and traditional, trusted methods of production, using copper pans, are employed, resulting in the very best fruity goodness for your toast, tart, croissant, scone and sponge. Mackays has kindly added:
Christmas Preserve with Mulled Wine and Christmas Marmalade with Cranberries – two scrumptious and very festive jars of deliciousness.