Food & Drink notes

Ginger spice; make a pig of yourself; the splendour of the blender; Howard's way

Ginger spice

Spice up your festive cooking by reaching for the bottle. Culpeper, the herbalists, make edible as well as beneficial and aromatic goodies and their Ginger Juice Syrup, made from Malaysian wild ginger, is indispensable for adding a warming spicy glow to cakes, puddings and biscuits. And whisky. Or add fizzy water for a non-alcoholic tonic. Ginger's a good digestive, and helps travel sickness - helpful when you're schlepping between relatives. £5.50 a bottle; 0870 9509001 for stockists.

Make a pig of yourself

Give the turkey a break, set the goose loose, make like the Italians this Christmas with pork. This is a unique version of porchetta, a suckling pig rolled round in seasonally flavoured apples, orange and lemon zest, sultanas, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pugh's Piglets also make a more traditional Italian porchetta stuffed with rosemary, bay leaves and garlic. A 2.25kg Christmas porchetta is £59.95 from Forman & Field (020-8221 3939/www.formanandfield.com); last orders for Christmas by Friday.

The splendour of the blender

You've got the toaster, now you can add the Dualit blender to that professionally tough kitchen armoury which, with the battering most kitchens take this month, is fairly essential. Redoubtably British, the Dualit blender, like the famous toaster has that industrial chic, classic look. The glass jug is shatterproof and suction feet stop it shimmying across your worktop. Leftovers into soup in seconds, fruit into healthy smoothies at the flick of a switch, but it also comes with a cookbook for more ideas. The Dualit blender is £99 in cream, glacier blue, red and metallic charcoal, £130 in chrome. From Allders, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Harrods; 01293 652500 for other stockists.

Howard's way

Don't you love the word pantry? Don't you love knowing someone else has whipped some scrumptious mince pies out of theirs? Lime Tree Pantry roll their short crust pastry by hand and you could pass off their pies - black cherry, beef with Guinness, rhubarb, steak and kidney, to pick a few - as your own. Their mince pies are amply filled, perfectly crumbly and available from top farm shops including Chatsworth. Other stockists and mail orders from 01623 863575/www.limetreepantry.co.uk. Six pies for £3.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Guru Careers: Dining Room Head Chef

    £32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...

    Guru Careers: Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Chef

    £27K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Che...

    Guru Careers: Events Coordinator / Junior Events Planner

    £24K + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Events Coordinator ...

    Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: Chief Executive Officer

    Salary 42,000: Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: The CEO is responsible ...

    Day In a Page

    Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

    Please save my husband

    As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
    Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

    They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

    A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
    David Hasselhoff's new show 'Hoff the Record': What's it like working with a superstar?

    Hanging with the Hoff

    Working with David Hasselhoff on his new TV series was an education for Ella Smith
    Can Dubai's Design District 'hipster village' attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?

    Hipsters of Arabia

    Can Dubai’s ‘creative village’ attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?
    The cult of Roger Federer: What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?

    The cult of Roger Federer

    What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?
    Kuala Lumpur's street food: Not a 'scene', more a way of life

    Malaysian munchies

    With new flights, the amazing street food of Kuala Lumpur just got more accessible
    10 best festival beauty

    Mud guards: 10 best festival beauty

    Whether you're off to the Isle of Wight, Glastonbury or a local music event, we've found the products to help you
    Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe

    A Different League

    Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe, says Pete Jenson
    Amir Khan and James DeGale’s remarkable Olympic performances were just the start of an extraordinary journey - Steve Bunce

    Steve Bunce on Boxing

    Amir Khan and James DeGale’s remarkable Olympic performances were just the start of an extraordinary journey
    Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

    Abuse - and the hell that follows

    James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
    Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

    It's oh so quiet!

    The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
    'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

    'Timeless fashion'

    It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
    If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

    Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

    Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
    New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

    Evolution of swimwear

    From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
    Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study

    One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf