10 Holiday Gifts for the Food-Lover – Our PicksPosted By | Posted On Dec 11, 2011
What to give your serious food-lover for the holidays? While walking through our tour neighborhoods – Boston’s North End and Chinatown – we shamefully thought about what would be on our wish list. So take a peek and discover the perfect present for your favorite cook (even if it might be you!).
This just might become one of your most frequently used ingredients. Sea salt blended with Italy’s fresh black summer truffles – rich, earthy, musky. Sprinkle it on grilled meats, roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, pasta, risotto, buttered popcorn…
Available at DePasquale’s Homemade Pasta Shoppe – 66A Cross Street, Boston $20
Bottarga di Muggine
Sometimes called poor man’s caviar, bottarga di muggine is salted, pressed and dried roe pouch of the grey mullet. This Mediterranean delicacy can be sliced, shaved, chopped or grated over pasta, fish fillets, cooked greens, scrambled eggs, cannellini beans or simply sliced paper thin and drizzled with olive oil and lemon.
Available at DePasquale’s Homemade Pasta Shoppe – 66A Cross Street, Boston $24
For more than a century, Piral has been crafting high-quality terracotta cookware in Liguria Italy. Made from clay and water, then dipped into radiant finishes and covered with a nonstick crystalline glaze. It requires less energy because of its superior heat conductivity and is extremely versatile – oven, microwave, stovetop and dishwasher-safe. Looks beautiful and food taste better!
Available at Salem Street Hardware – 89 Salem Street, Boston $30-130.
Dating back to ancient Rome and based on a fermented fish condiment “garum”, this modern treasured ingredient from the Naples area has a very clean taste of the essence of anchovy – rich, salty and aromatic. Imagine adding an anchovy flavor without having to fillet, rinse and chop. Use it in any recipe that you would be tempted to include anchovy or just sneak it into a dish to give more depth of flavor.
Available at DePasquale’s Homemade Pasta Shoppe – 66A Cross Street, Boston $38.
Herbe di Amalfi Liqueurs
An exclusive collection of small batch, all natural, artisan liqueurs infused with selected herbs and flowers from the Amalfi Coast. Flavors include Basil, Mint, Fennel, Lavender, Rose and Cinnamon. Enjoy them chilled as an after dinner liqueur or add a splash to your next cocktail or food dish. Imagine a splash of Rose in a glass of Prosecco!
Available at V. Cirace & Sons – 173 North St, Boston $33.
Yixing Clay Tea Set
This traditional style teapot, made from clay has been used to brew tea since the 15th century. Traditionally made in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, they are meant for use with Black and Oolong teas.
Available at Silky Way – 33 Harrison Ave, Boston $60.
LongJing and Tie Guan Yin Tea
LongJing, known in English as Dragon Well Tea, is considered to be the King of all Chinese green teas and is always served to visiting dignitaries. It is a green tea which retains all of its natural antioxidants and is the healthiest type of tea. Tie Guan Yin or Iron Goddess of Mercy is a special high quality Oolong tea and is usually enjoyed as an accompaniment to a sweet afternoon snack.
Available at C-Mart – 109 Lincoln St., Boston $7. – $8.
Lee Kum Kee XO Sauce
The darling of Hong Kong chefs, this condiment can be used for just about anything, from fried rice to noodles, to seafood dishes. Made with dried scallops, shrimp roe and chilies, among many other ingredients.
Available at C-Mart – 109 Lincoln St, Boston $10.
Dong Gu “Flower” Mushrooms
These top quality dried mushrooms are distinguished by the flower pattern on the caps. Once reconstituted, the meaty beefy quality makes them excellent braised on their own.
Available at C-Mart – 109 Lincoln St, Boston $15.
Japanese Tetsubin Tea Pot
These classic Japanese teapots are made of cast iron, which heats evenly and retains heat well. They come in various colors, sizes and shapes.
Available at Silky Way – 33 Harrison Ave, Boston $40. – $90.