Half of millennials consider themselves to be foodies. It shows that younger generations are caring more and more about the quality of the food that they eat. One of the reasons is that food provokes such strong memories. Think of your favorite meal – often it will be linked to a celebration or special time in your life. Or think back to your childhood, remembering the sweets and puddings that you once ate. Giving the gift of food to a friend or family member is really personal. Your gift will be creating new memories for them to treasure. Here are three unique gift ideas for the foodies in your life.
A breakfast box
The best breakfasts are leisurely affairs, unrushed, on a beautiful morning. If it is summer, fill a presentation box or hamper with the ingredients for a delicious, light breakfast for two. You could include fresh fruits, watermelon, papaya, mango and summer berries. Some croissants and pain au chocolat, together with cream. To drink, think of fresh fruit juices, perhaps include a carton of freshly squeezed orange or pineapple juice. If it is winter, fill your foodie hamper with the ingredients for a tasty full English breakfast. You could include sausages links, bacon, blood sausage, ripe tomatoes, fresh eggs and a loaf of sourdough bread to make toast with. To drink, include some sachets of Earl Grey tea. This is a breakfast gift that makes a celebration of the first meal of the day.
The gift of pizza
Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. This simple meal of cooked dough, covered with sauce and cheese can be adapted in so many ways. Book the foodie in your life onto a traditional pizza making course. They will learn to make the perfect pizza dough that crisps up beautifully when cooked in the oven or over a barbecue. Then there is the art of making a balanced tomato sauce, sweet and rich with herbs. A good pizza course will give your foodie friend ideas for fresh and delicious toppings, such as roasted Mediterranean vegetables, or crispy smoked pancetta. It will elevate their knowledge and you might even get invited round for a delicious Italian dinner.
Grow your own herbs
The majority of Americans by freeze-dried herbs that come in tubs or jars in the grocery stores. They are a larder staple and will last for a long time without losing their flavor. However you can’t beat freshly picked herbs for your dishes and the smell is incredible. Think of how a few leaves of torn basil can make a simple tomato and mozzarella salad a thing of beauty. Or how some sprigs of rosemary can make roast beef taste sensational. Give you foodie friend some small pots, soil and packets of herb seeds, so that they can grow their own on the windowsill, whatever the weather. Herbs are incredibly easy to grow and need very little care and attention. They also make the kitchen smell amazing.
Giving the gift of food is very personal and special. You can help your foodie friends to create new culinary memories they will treasure forever.
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