Tip for boiling potatoes

Don’t add salt to the water when you are boiling potatoes – this stops them splitting. Instead drain them, and then season.

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Chinese cookbooks   
Here are some of our favourite books to recommend on Chinese cuisine. From Fuchsia Dunlop's Sichuan Cookery (a classic) to Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's The Chinese Kitchen, you will find everything you need to know to cook genuine authentic dishes at home.






Grow your own Exotic Mushroom kit 

Grow exotic mushrooms at home with a Hot Pinks Kitchen Garden box. Each kit is grown from the grounds of 100 espresso coffees and you can harvest them in just 2 weeks.  £17.95 plus P&P espressomushroom.co.uk

Amelia Rope chocolate 

Amelia Rope makes her chocolate bars only with single origin chocolate and Maldon Sea Salt. The range includes Pale lemon and Sea Salt, Pale Rose (which tastes just like Turkish Delight) and Dark Mandarin. Just arrived in Avoca stores. €21.50 per 4 x 100g bars. ameliarope.com   avoca.ie

Kenmare Select salmon gift box

Hand-crafted Kenmare Select Organic Irish Salmon is a world apart from the usual salmon you buy. Whole side Organic with seaweed in prestige box costs €53 per side (about 1Kg) and a long-sliced (by hand) side of organic salmon in a prestige box costs €59.50 per side (about 1Kg). Delivery charge varies per country. Maximum lead time between order and delivery is ten days. kenmare-select.com

OXO Gravy Fat Separator €12.99 plus P&P Not glamorous but so useful. The OXO Gravy Fat Separator will save a struggle this Christmas as you try to remove the fatty residue from the turkey juices to turn them into delicious gravy.  kitchencookware.ie

Opinel Knife Set

The Opinel family have been forging metal in the Savoie region of France since the 1800s. Their four-piece knife set is all you need. This is the knife chef Paul Bocuse (one of the father's of modern french cuisine) carries with him to cut a piece of fruit after dinner.

opinel.com      amazon.co.uk

Orla Kiely oven gloves - €32.95 at Avoca stores.    

Joe’s Tea

Joe’s Tea Co have created an organic Christmas Chai Rooibos with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. 15 teabags for €5.75. Fallon & Byrne


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