Days 4-6: The Foodie | The Independent Christmas Advent Calendar

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I made a pledge this year to go 100% independent Christmas. 

And now we're back from outta space for Round 2.

Does your boyfriend think he's the next Gordon Ramsey? Does your best friend Instagram her lunch with so much vigour that she might just even believe that she herself is the next Grace Dent? Is your sister in cahoots with Time Out in her dedication to find the next hot new restaurant?

If you have one of these food-loving types in your life Days 4, 5 and 6 are right up your concept coffee shop lined street.

Dig in.

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J’aime the bread.

Really I do. I’m not telling you a porky pie when I say I have a loaf of it on my desk right now. Cranberry and pecan. Its sweet, soft, reassuring presence is easing me through my Wednesday.

If you have someone who has a similar bread crush, Honeywell Bakes’ 3-month Bread Bakers Club Subscription is truly a dough-lecious option.

Each month recipients will learn a new recipe from crumpets to sourdough. Gift includes all the dry ingredients and a recipe card to keep and use time and again.

I knead this in my life.


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Our dear friend Emma at Into the Gathering Dusk, provider of wild food and drink experiences has created some irresistible packages for Christmas.

From this beautiful martini gift box (above) containing blackberry pine gin, soft lillet style dry vermouth and garden bitters to a box of stranger gins (including seaherb and grapefruit, and blackberry and pine) boxes are £25 and can be delivered or collected within Manchester.

NB. Manny only

DM Emma here to reserve yours.

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Vinegar is having a moment.

From Angela Cluttons’ new book ‘The Vinegar Cupboard: Recipes and history of an everyday ingredient’ out March 2019, to the vast explosion of expertly branded vinegars entering Instagram feeds nationwide at the moment, it’s safe to say the love is back for this humble, ancient health boost.

Want to demonstrate your vinegar pedigree to your foodie friend?

Womersley Foods have a lime, black pepper and lavender vinegar that looks pretty enough to be perfume (above) £8.75

Following suit in the vinegar game is the incredibly sexy Cult Vinegar (below). Made in small batches with premium wines, port, sherry and sake, these live vinegars come in droplet bottles, for lovingly dabbing over salads; splashing on steak; or squirting over your fish and chips.

From £12

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There you have it.

Go forth and purchase small business supporters.

If you want more, head over to our Conscious Christmas Guide for more loveable independent buys or open some more doors here.

ThingsDaisy Hill