I guess word must have got around - this year, everyone seems to have given me food-related presents. (They're your favourite kind too, right?)
Among the delicious treats that landed in my stocking this year were two - count 'em, two - kinds of gin. From one friend, damson gin, and from another, blackberry gin. I know, I know - I definitely have some of the best friends going!
One of the gin friends also gave me some fabulous Genmaicha tea. When I go over to her house, she makes me a big pot of the tea - and now I've got some of my own! It's a mix of green tea and (I think) toasted brown rice, which gives the resulting brew a nice, popcorny, nutty flavour.
And my other half got me a box of Montezuma's vegan chocolate selection. Seriously, these rock (note the photo below has been cropped to hide the strange absence of a few of the chocolates). I not only love that Montezuma's make fine, fine vegan chocolate, I love that they're not shy about putting it on the box either, which means they must think it's both a selling point, and an all-round good thing (and they're right too).
And then my folks very kindly gave me a book on making jams and preserves, along with a whole load of little jars of readymade chutneys and the like. How cute are these bad boys?
Expect to see them featuring in a load of recipes on this here blog in the near future. Perhaps in connection with another food-related Christmas present (this one's to me, from me) - a copy of Artisan Vegan Cheese.