Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

10 Gifts to Tempt a Foodie

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

10 Gifts to Tempt a Foodie

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"NEW HARVEST" SEGGIANO EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL [pounds sterling]6.95 500ml, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1 (customer information 08708 377377)

There was a bumper crop of olives in Tuscany this year but the picking took longer than usual as it was disrupted by rain. Seggiano (left) is one of the few oils to be made from olives that are still picked by hand and is mellower on the palate than more peppery oils..

A TRADITIONAL CHINA STILTON COVER [pounds sterling]50, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1 (020 7734 8040) This elegant dome-shaped lid (below) will keep your Stilton in perfect condition until you finish it. Also from Fortnum this Christmas, a china dish containing 2kg of rilettes made from confit goose is [pounds sterling]48..

THE ROAD TO VINDALOO written by David Burnett & Helen Sabieri, [pounds sterling]9.99 A delightful read (left) published by Prospect Books (a small and somewhat erudite foodie publishing house). The subtitle says it all curry cooks and curry books. You can wend your way from Hannah Glasse and the first British curry recipe, through curries from the Raj, to recipes from Pat Chapman and Camellia Panjabi..

MARRONS GLAC S A box of 12 [pounds sterling]22.95. Mortimer & Bennet, 33 Turnham Green Terrace, W4 (020 8995 4145) Dan Mortimer has an uncanny ability to find obscure and delicious treats. This Christmas, the star turn are these marrons glaces from Corsica (left). This little shop also has such delights as Jamaican Rum Cake and Ummera smoked salmon..

A BOX OF CHOCS Four pieces [pounds sterling]6; Nine pieces [pounds sterling]13; 18 pieces [pounds sterling]25; 40 pieces [pounds sterling]50. Paul A Young, 33 Camden Passage, N1 (020 7424 5750) This year, the top-selling truffles at this chocolatier are the Christmassy ones (below) mulled wine, made with Cotes du Rhone, Christmas spice, chestnut and

THE "TEA PARTY" BOX [pounds sterling]13.50 from Tea Smith, 6 Lamb Street, Spitalfields, E1 (020 7247 1333) John Kennedy is something of a wizard with tea, and his elegant shop and tea bar sells all manner of rare ones. …

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