The 12 days of Christmas at The Essential Ingredient

Christmas table
We’ve got wonderful treats to make your Christmas special.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me

A partridge in a pear tree.

We love pears. Marzano pear jam paste, available at our deli counter is a perfect accompaniment to your Christmas cheese platter.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Two turtle doves

Make a real impression with your hand stamped, homemade shortbread. Our timber shortbread moulds feature classic Christmas designs, including the dove.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Three French hens

French brand Maison Fossiers are the original manufacturers of the classic champagne accompaniment, Biscuits Roses de Reims,  a meringue based pink biscuit made to dip into your glass of bubbles. So chic.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Four calling birds

The Essential Ingredient brand translucent acrylic egg cups and spoons,  available in a range of bright colours, will bring a sunny light touch to your Boxing Day breakfast.  (Who said chickens are not calling birds?)

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Five gold rings

Gold is the colour of luxury. Make anything sparkle with edible gold powder. It will lift your Christmas dessert plate to a new level. Sprinkle liberally on meringues, tarts, or simply the serving platter for a glamorous touch.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Six geese a-laying

For potatoes the family will rave about until next Christmas, baste them in goose fat and roast until they are golden, crisp and irresistible.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Seven swans a-swimming

Pickled walnuts are a classic “ugly duckling” ingredient. The might look unappealing, but the taste is divine when used in your Christmas terrine.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me

Eight maids a-milking

Dulce De Leche, roughly translated, means ‘jam of milk’. This caramel paste is perfect for Christmas tarts,  on your puddings, in a sponge or over ice-cream.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Nine drummers drumming

Use a drum sieve to ensure your flour is free from lumps when you make sauces, pastries, cakes, gravy, bread and pudding. You can bang on about how much fun they are to use to all your Christmas guests.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Ten pipers piping

Take the plunge and decorate your cakes with some hand piped text or flowers. We’ve got the icing bags and a wide selection of icing tips.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Eleven ladies dancing

Dance away though the garden beds with a “Ladies’ spade” from SHW Kitchen Garden Tool range. Don’t let the label fool you. These beautifully designed garden implements are just as well balanced and sharp in the hands of the lads as the lasses.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Twelve lords leaping.

Saffron is the King of spices,  the stigmas of the Crocus flower and by weight, the most costly spice in the world. It lords it above the rest of the spices for bringing bright yellow colour to your dishes, particularly rice.

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