There’s something so special about sharing a meal with friends or family, especially if you have a loved one who loves to throw down in the kitchen. Exploring culinary skills can be such a great hobby for someone who wants to feel more creative in the kitchen or just in their everyday life. We’ve rounded up some fun food-related gift ideas that work for any occasion.
Bread making kit
Is there anything more wonderful than delicious home made bread, freshly churned butter and a sprinkle of salt? We don’t think so. Bread making is a great hobby for aspiring and seasoned bakers who enjoy seeing how their skills can improve.
One of the best ways to learn more about cooking methods, recipes and techniques is through cookbooks. It’s a great reference to use at any point in someone’s cooking journey, no matter what the skill level is. If you love local fare, check out Ming-Cheau Lin’s Just Add Rice or Neo Nontso’s (aka @dinewithneo) My Insta Feast. Alternatively, splurge out on Babylonstoren’s Babel cookbook, which delves into the overall food experience of this incredible flagship restaurant.
There’s something about a good spice combination that really elevates a dish. It can be the make-or-break part of the braai preparation, adding that extra bit of flavour to any protein or vegetable. As we all know, South Africans take spices seriously, at any time of the year. Take your pick from spicy rubs to sweet rubs, or get a bumper 3 or 8 pack for the serious braai master. Shop all via nomu.co.za
If you have food enthusiasts in your family or friend group, you know they have an extensive wishlist of kitchen tools. Think granite pestle and mortars for grinding spices to a fine powder, mixers and blenders for the perfect sauce or a pasta machine to make linguine from scratch.
No matter what time of the year, bubbles (or your choice of booze) make for a great festive/holiday season gift. South Africa is spoilt for choice when it comes to Méthode Cap Classique (aka MCCs) and there are sparkling wines for every budget.