Im a little behind schedule with this post – but if you lot are anything like my friends & family, you will still have plenty of gifts to gather….
I have taken it upon myself to collate a collection of my favourite food stuff, all in a short cars journey of Field Cottage. But dont worry if you are a little further afield – where there’s a will, there’s a way. Most of these products can find their way to you via the great British postal system…
My current tipple of choice – which is a big change for this dedicated wine drinker – is ShortCross Gin. Nothern Irelands first premium craft gin! Launched on 11th of April this year this is no ordinary gin – Smooth, complex & bursting with flavour this Gin is not only from Northern Ireland, but from Rademon Estate in Crossgar, Only a hop, skip & a jump from Field Cottage! Full of orange zest & juniper ( lotsa lovely botanicals ) its perfectly refreshing with a gentle tonic and big slice of orange. Yum! Now, where did I leave my tumbler….. Just check out the locations tab on the website to see where to grab some for yourself!
Leggygowan Farm are responsible for a number of my top picks this Christmas. Both of Adams goats cheese are seriously enjoyable, and come from across the road – sheer moments from home, and is somewhere I hope to visit in the New Year – if not sooner 😉 Their fresh goats curd is wonderfully creamy & the perfect for whipping up into a mousse. And the Leggygowan blue is the perfect mix of medium strengthened creamy blueness – and I have just found out it uses the same penicillin as roqueforte, one of my other favourites! The curd & blue are going to feature on my Christmas cheese board! I shall also be sneaking some of their fudge into the house – but dont tell M lol
M & I spent a fabulous evening with Deirdre from Co Couture in the Summer of 2012. And the company has continued to go from strength to strength ever since. Treat your nearest and dearest to some of their gorgeous chocolates this Christmas – Im keen on the rose truffles, but you honestly cant go wrong! Co Couture are currently celebrating being ranked in the top 40 chocolatiers in the world, after winning a silver award in the International Chocolate Awards World Finals 2014 with their Japanese Cherry Sencha bar! Something I am dying to try 🙂 The master classes are still running too, a great present for that chocoholic you know, and you could always go with them ya know….. 😉 Make sure to drop in for a hot chocolate if you are out shopping too – the perfect way to warm up ♥
If the quirky & cute name MURU ( [‘muru] Finnish def: a little something ) wasnt enough to grab your attention, the exciting range of conserves, jams, chutneys and sweet & savoury biscuits that lady at the helm Kay Armstrong comes up with certainly are. After some sneaky tasters of her Brinjal Pickle ( which was awarded a gold star by Great Taste Awards 2014 ) I am craving a little jarful with a big bag of mini poppadoms! And those tiny little ginger bread men Sugar & Spice snaps couldnt make me happier – Christmas in a biccie. Now be a good dinner party guest & go and get yourself a little hamper 😉 JN Wine & Arcadia Deli are both fab stockists, or you can contact Kay directly for more info.
Will & Alison have been making this little taste of Northern Irish sunshine for 9 years now. It must be hard for them to think back to the start of this mad rollercoaster ride – but they are now the captains of a very successful ship! Their creamy butter has made its way onto the menu of many a top class restaurant including Heston Bluemantal ‘s The Fat Duck+ Marcus Wareing, not to mention making constant appearances on my toast 🙂 I would also highly recommend getting you mitts on some of their sea salted caramel – my mouth is watering as we speak…. And dont get me started on the fudge ♥ The online shop nearly makes it all too easy….
Andrew & Karen first set about making cider in 2009 – and look where they are now! With their range now encompassing a medium cider, along with the Dry & dry elderflower – there truly is something for everyone here. M loves the Dry, & keeps telling me that is how cider is meant to be…. Im partial to the Wild Elderflower infused. The subtle floral finish works perfectly – it reminds me of long country walks in the early Summer. A distant memory this time of year! You can find out more of Andrews story on his website, where he also has an online shop. I already have a few to sneak into Ms stocking 😉
Will any of this loveliness make it onto your Christmas list? I know my Christmas day wouldnt be complete without a little something from each & every one of them!