Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Shopping - Little Treats

Some of the summer press shows had goodies from more then one company, and here is a selection of things I'll be looking out for this Christmas.

I particularly enjoyed seeing the Christmas range from Dunelm, sadly an out of London company, their nearest shop to me is in Croydon.  Fortunately they are online so I hope to buy a few bits and pieces from them via their website.

The Mason and Cash Petite Beurre Baking set is lovely.  My daughter really loves chocolate petite beurre when we are in France, and I know she'll enjoy baking her own version.

The Kilner mugs are great fun, the lids are perfect for parties, and without the lids, they are great for warm punches and ciders.

And every child loves Lego, I am not a hundred percent sure about Lego Friends, I don't like girls to be pressurised into pink and 'girlie' play, but on the other hand, I know that my daughter (who is pony mad) will love this stable.

Christmas Shopping - Tesco

There is a little Tesco metro across the road from my Richmond home, which is incredibly useful for milk and other bits and pieces it's so easy to run out of, but I rarely shop  in a large Tesco.  Having visited the Tesco Christmas Press show  I'm planning to visit the large Tesco near Twickenham Rugby Ground, because I think some of the things I saw were really lovely.

The food range is extensive, though I think that they could stock more fair-trade and organic produce, however there is plenty of choice for every pocket.

It was the homewares I loved and will be seeking out though.  I have a bit of a soft spot for Highland Cattle, (always a highlight on my childhood holidays in Scotland) so absolutely adore the cushion, (I like the warmth of the tartan  and stage cushions too!)

The Christmassy china is so cheerful and bright and would be perfect for entertaining, the platter and the dishes are on my list!

And I loved the leaf decorated cake, it was so nice to see an alternative to the Father Christmas Faces, or Holly and Ivy that abound.

Thank you Tesco for inviting me to the show, and the lovely gift as I left.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas Shopping - Paxton and Whitfield

Have you ever walked along Jermyn Street? When I had my first job after graduating, (Hamper Clerk at Fortnum and Mason), I trotted along there every day, and I always slowed down to gaze into Paxton and Whitfield, the most lovely specialist Cheese shop you can imagine.

While I was doing the Christmas Press shows this summer, I popped into the welcoming Paxton and Whitfield where we were talked through a wonderful range of cheeses. It's always wonderful to meet people who really know what they are selling, and I know that it would be possible to ask for advice on wines to match and storage of cheese.

Paxton and Whitfield stock a vast array of delicious cheeses to suit every taste, and many of them are from small, artisanal farms and diaries.  They have a scrumptious range of extras such as chutneys, and biscuits too.

Well worth a visit  any time of the year, if you are in London.  You can find more information here.

Thank you Paxton and Whitfield for your informative presentation and the delicious cheese, biscuits and pickles, which we enjoyed that evening.