Christmas is our favourite time of the year so we're thoroughly looking forward to the beginning of December when we can officially start our preparations. It's not long now 'til we'll be unravelling the fairy lights, modelling our Christmas jumpers and beginning to plan two of the most important parts of the Christmas festivities - the food and the presents.
Coming up with the perfect gifts for friends and family is thoroughly satisfying when it happens, but can also be seemingly impossible.
Whether it's something handcrafted, some lovely smellies or just a little token to say something special - it's nice to find something a little bit different - and then the giving really can be as good as the receiving (well, almost!).
Finding the perfect present for a friend who is a foodie can be difficult purely because there's so much choice. There are a myriad of different gadgets and gizmos for the kitchen but so many of them seem great in theory but actually never get used. The alternative is to give something which is entirely indispensable - a staple ingredient that any cook will appreciate, but a version of it that's just that little bit more special than the norm.
Something like our wonderful Healthy & Delicious Italian Olive Oil, for example...
Our olive oil is a little bit more expensive than your average olive oil, but rightly so as it's harvested by hand, hand pressed and filtered by artisan farmers in the Italian hills. This deliciously flavoured olive oil is perfect for creating fragrant salad dressings, making sauces and concocting the fabulous Italian specialities that hail from its heartland. It also comes in a very stylish tin which wouldn't look out of place on the most fashionable kitchen worktops. We'd say that a pack of our olive oil along with a jar of our authentic Italian pesto would make an ideal Christmas gift for foodie friends (and you may even get to enjoy it with them if you're lucky enough to be invited for dinner!).
If you find yourself stuck for ideas for a friend who's gluten free (or one who just enjoys eating delicious food)...
and vouchers seem like the only option, then why not choose something a little different and buy a set of H&D Gift Vouchers? Available in £20, £30 or £50, they can be exchanged for Italian specialities from The H&D Pantry, used towards H&D catering or for our delicious Italian celebration desserts. You can rest assured that everything from Healthy and Delicious is completely gluten free, so is suitable for Coeliacs and those with wheat or gluten intolerance.
If you’re expecting a houseful of guests this Christmas, if you’re planning a drinks party or you have so many social occasions in your diary, you’re not sure how you’re going to cope - why not ask Healthy & Delicious to help you out? We’re well practiced at catering for events, both intimate or large scale and we can provide our stylish Italian canapés, stunning desserts or a range of dishes, all with the added benefit of being gluten-free. Not only can we create a bespoke menu to perfectly suit your event, we will ensure it looks deliciously appetising and is a little bit different to the norm so it will truly delight your guests.
The other thing to consider if you’re hosting this festive season, are our speciality desserts.
Authentic Italian concepts with our own stylish presentation, our gluten free celebration cakes make stunning centrepieces. Choose from indulgent Rich Chocolate tart, Italian Apple Rose Flan, our zingy Lemon Tart or one of our delicious gluten-free Cheesecakes. Opting for a ready prepared pudding means one less thing for you to think about after all.
For more information about how we can help cut down your Christmas to-do list this year, browse through the Healthy & Delicious website, pop along to our Pantry or drop us a line.