It’s hard to get it wrong when you gift truly special food and drink. Whether it’s glorious artisan British cheeses to share on the day (always a bonus, as you get to enjoy them too) or a set of Christmas tipples for private sipping, carefully crafted produce made with integrity and flavour at the fore truly ramps up the feelgood.
Here at Pipers Farm we believe in all the good stuff that cooking and sharing really good food brings, and given that we all need a little present inspiration sometimes, here are a few gifting ideas for the cooks in your life (or you!).
Build-Your-Own Weird Bits Box
Get the cook in your life pushing their culinary boundaries by gifting them a set of weird bits from our butchery. At Pipers Farm we believe in proper nose to tail eating, and respecting our livestock by never wasting any part of the animal. These lesser known cuts may not seem straightforward, but with a little careful cooking you can unlock forgotten flavours, textures and taste experiences. From beef heart to trotters, chicken feet, pig ears, lamb bones and venison heart there is a whole world of food culture to explore. Not sure where to start? Prized in Brazil, chicken hearts make a delicious treat marinated and sizzled on the barbecue, while chicken feet add an extraordinary depth of flavour and extra nutrition to stocks.
Heaven-Scented Beeswax Candles
Not food, but just one-degree away! For every ten tons of honey bees make, a quarter ton of beeswax is produced. Larger beekeepers in this country can keep over a thousand hives, yet often this wax is wasted, so it’s a delight to see these beautiful objects light up our homes. Handmade in Alston in Cumbria by the inimitable Ted Thompson and his team, these beautiful candles have a natural tapered shape, which comes from the traditional method of production. Dipping has long been a method of candle making, and when firelight was essential to life in the country, rushlights were made by dipping the pith of rushes in mutton fat or dripping. Only the church and the wealthy would be able to afford beeswax candles. The scent of beeswax is one of nature’s finest sensory pleasures, and delicate, sweet wafts will drift up as these elegant candles are unwrapped.
Boxing Day in a Box
Removing the stress of Christmas food shopping is certainly a gift worth giving. To this end we have curated the ultimate Boxing Day Feast Box, celebrating our award-winning purely grass-fed Red Ruby beef. Our beef sirloin takes centre stage, and we’ve paired it with a fabulous bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, from the foothills of Chile’s Andes mountains. This small batch wine makes a wonderful festive tipple, with a flavour profile of chocolatey oak, blackberry and spiced plum notes. Make a rich, indulgent gravy using our pure beef stock and a dollop of our handmade Red Onion Marmalade, and finish the meal with a selection of some of the finest artisan cheese in the country. Baron Bigod is the only traditional raw milk Brie-de-Meaux style cheese produced in the UK. Oxford Blue meanwhile is a Gorgonzola-like moist creamy cows’ milk cheese that rivals those on the Continent. Lastly Quicke’s Vintage Clothbound cheddar is naturally matured for 24 months and is a rich, intense cheese with huge depth of flavour, from umami to buttery, to salted caramel. The best in the country.
Taste the Terroir with our Cider & Perry Tasting Box
We have gathered together some of our favourite apple and pear-based tipples to give you a true taste of the South West's terroir. With three elegant drinks from the country’s best producers, it’s a great way to embrace two of our most underrated crops. For the past 30 years the Temperly family have been reviving the ancient art of cider brandy production. The farm sits among 180 acres of cider apple orchards at the base of Burrow Hill in Somerset where cider has been pressed for over 200 years. Alongside their outstanding Kingston Black Apple Aperitif, which is a blend of Cider Brandy and the juice of one of the rarest vintage cider apples, you’ll also enjoy their elegant sparkling Perry. Meanwhile Polly and Matt of Find & Foster Fine Cider seek out quality old orchards in Devon which they nurture back to health and productivity, and harvest the old apple varieties to make their fine ciders. We’ve included a bottle of their naturally sparking medium-sweet fine cider for you to see how extraordinary this otherwise commercialised tipple should taste.
Game-Changing British Wine & Cheese Box
We've curated a selection of the finest British artisan cheeses and a fabulous English tipple from one of our favourite vineyards in this Artisan Cheese & English Sparkling Wine Box. Castlewood NV Brut is a stunning sparkling wine made from Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay by our good friend Rob just down the road in Dorset. Meanwhile the exceptional cheeses all break the mould – Baron Bigod is the only traditional raw milk Brie-de-Meaux style cheese produced in the UK. Made on the farm, by the farmer it is a true farmhouse brie. You’ll also find beautiful British blue cheese called Oxford Blue; made by Baron Robert Pouget, it’s a Gorgonzola-like moist creamy cows’ milk cheese that rivals those on the Continent. Lastly, handcrafted using heritage starters by expert cheesemakers, Quicke’s Vintage Clothbound cheddar is naturally matured for 24 months it is a rich, intense cheese with huge depth of flavour, from umami to buttery, to salted caramel. The best in the country.