One of my favourite things about stumbling across great new products is sharing them with my friends and family. I spend most weekends trawling the markets in my local area for seasonal produce, delicious food and recipe inspiration and often find myself picking up treats for friends. This list includes some of my favourite purchases which I think would make brilliant gifts all year round.
Another fantastic Christmas gift is The Urban Kitchen's monthly walking tour of Maltby Street and Druid Street markets. This morning tour includes brunch and complimentary cocktails as well as the opportunity to visit over 50 food and drink stalls.
Aphrodite's Kitchen Pomegranate Ketchup - This rich and delicious ketchup has quickly gained a permanent home in my fridge. I've known the creator Dixey for some time and have enjoyed watching her company grow and sampling her amazing food. The pomegranate ketchup is available in Selfridges and online as well as at the Aphrodite's Food stall at Maltby St Market. The perfect gift for curious condiment aficionados. £4.50
Oliveology Flavoured Olive Oil – These delicious olive oils are created in Greece by crushing fresh olives along with natural ingredients to create unique infusions. Buy online or at Borough Market. The apple, walnut, cinnamon, honey and sage olive oil is stunningly seasonal and I actually used it last year to create an ice cream for Christmas Day. From £10
Part-Time Potter Ceramics - I absolutely love Sara D'Souza's Danish inspired pottery and think the mini cacti plant pots in particular would make great gifts. Check out her ceramics online or at craft markets across London.
Butter Culture Butter - This batch churned cultured butter is made using the best ingredients – local Jersey cow milk produced from English bred Jersey dairy cows, a healthy bacteria culture and a dash of naturally mineral rich Himalayan pink rock salt. A great stocking filler for the butter snob in your life. Available at Druid St Market. £4.50
The Gay Farmer Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Made from homegrown olives in north west Spain, this exceptional olive oil would make a great gift for any cook. Buy online or at Maltby St Market. £12.50
Jake's London Cinnamon Curd - Using some of the best ingredients from the UK, JAKE'S spreads strive to capture the essence of breakfast in every jar. The cinnamon curd is a personal favourite of mine as it tastes exactly like a Danish pastry only in spreadable form. Available at various stockists and at Druid St Market. £4.75
Rock My Bowl Granola - Rock My Bowl is a pop-up breakfast/ brunch service aiming to provide home made and healthy breakfasts for everyone. With a focus on big flavours and seasonal produce, their granolas are far from just cereal. I love the cacao and sea salt granola and am excited to see what they come up with next. Available online and at Druid St Market. From £6
Truffle Butter from La Tartufaia in Borough market - Nothing says indulgence like truffle infused butter. Perfect melted through fresh tagliatelle with a sprinkling of parmesan or simply spread on freshly baked bread. £5.40
Lazy Eye Ceramics - Handcrafted in Hoxton, these elegant plates cast in clean, light glazes have been catching the attention of top restaurants around London. We believe that what you put on your plate is as important as the plate itself (especially for Instagram photos!). Buy online on the first and third Saturday of the month at Druid St Market.