I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the word 'foodie'. I think it's supposed to mean 'someone who's into food', but who isn't? There is that whole life and death thing about food after all. But a foodie would appear to be more than that, perhaps there are connotations of liking fancy stuff, choosing a brioche over an iced bun, thinking olives should be 'on ice' and being able to beer match.
But I'd argue we're all foodies. Just because you don't have a strong predilection for Parma ham and would rather a nice smokey bacon stuffed in your bap (can't be just me...), doesn't mean you aren't foodie. My recent enthusing about tinned fish was a case in point. Chatting to Mr Nigel Cassidy about naff tinned food - and he knows his naff food, he wrote a whole book on the topic called Battenberg Britain..., anyway, chatting to him made me realise just have much I love naff products; Twiglets, silver balls on cakes, tinned fruit. Not of this is very foodie of me. But I think I still am one.
On which note, a 'foodie' Christmas present is a good choice. In my mind its a chance to give someone a deeply pleasurable experience, without writing then an inappropriate promise note of some sort. No one doesn't enjoy a food gift. And Christmas (at least for me) is all about the eating and feasting. Midwinter stuffing yourself. And, of course, a foodie present doesn't have to be posh. A student of mine once gave me eight packets of Softmints, wrapped up and tied with ribbon - best teacher gift ever.
My friend recently pointed me in the direction of a cool website called myhigh.st, the concept being that you can shop locally, but online - so use and support local high streets, but with the option for national delivery. Pretty marvelous idea. I'm lucky enough to live very near the mighty Gloucester Road in Bristol. The king of independent high streets, the best one ever. In fact Gloccy Road has it's own cookbook written by the local WI, and it's brilliant. But the good thing about myhigh.st is that you can do nice easy internet shopping with a laptop warming your knee and no sense that you're cheating on the Gloucester Road.
|Photo: India Rabey|
As it turns out, myhigh.st also has a rather cool range of potential foodie Christmas presents, which as I attempted to justify are good for everybody. A particularly good choice I spotted was a West Country Gift box, £30 for a chance to show off how awesome your chosen part of the country is is not bad.
Myhigh.st also has a good range of cool and different stocking filling potentials, like these totally awesome picks from Bristol's Kalahari Moon:
Durban Curry Mix, spice mix £1.95
Mrs HS Balls Chutneys (these a delicious) £2.95 each
Safari Fruit Danties, £2.85
If you want a message written on a sugar mouse (and who doesn't??) you could go for one of these message mice for a quid. There are are lots of other cool confectionery picks, like these hard liquorice coins for £3:
If you want to see a few more foodie present ideas, you might want to browse my pinterest board here:
And remember a foodie present is not for life it's just for until you've scoffed it.