What’s one of the most enjoyable parts of the festive season? Food of course! Temperatures are dropping and not only do we want to fuel ourselves with something substantial and warming, but stores are stocking their shelves with some seasonal delights that are just too good to miss. So, here are a few things that you should seriously considering stocking up on and filling your cupboards with this festive season.
First thing on the festive shopping list? Cheese! Nothing beats a well-stocked cheese board with a wide variety of different types of cheese. Consider traditional recipes and more adventurous or experimental variations. Mix things up a little, both in terms of taste, smell, and visual appearance. For your classic cheese, opt for a crumbly and mature cheddar, moist and creamy Wensleydale, and strongly scented Stilton. For softer cheeses, brie or goat’s cheese often goes down well. Smoked cheeses are also a winner. For more modern and adventurous takes, try cheeses with added pineapple, cranberry, or garlic.
You need something to go with those wonderful cheeses, right? But crackers can hold so much more potential than a plain cream cracker (though you should get a pack of these as a base for the less adventurous). Try out water biscuits, wheat germ, whole wheat and rye crackers. Cheddar biscuits are also great. As are options with sesame seeds. For soft cheeses, you could even try out different types of breadsticks.
For those who don’t drink alcohol, there are some great soft drinks launched around this time of year. Sparkling juices have a similar bubbles to sparkling wines. Elderflower is also a good option to try for something a little different.
A good bottle of wine can be just what you need to relax in front of the television with the fire burning. Most of us have our favourite brands that we can stick by for a casual drink, but a rare wine is a special treat, so stock up on a bottle or two. Whether you prefer white, red, or rose, there will be something to perfectly suit your taste. Stock up on a bottle of mulled wine too! This is a festive essential.
There are some really fun, themed liqueurs around this time of year. So keep an eye out for them. Perhaps try a taster before investing in a whole bottle, though. These things tend to sway opinion and you don’t want to be stuck with a litre of something that you can’t stand. Creme brulee, cinnamon, and ginger are popular flavours during this season.
So, get to the shops and start picking up bits and bobs now. Make a list of everything that you hope to find on your venture, but don’t be afraid to pick up any exciting looking items that you’d never considered before. The cupboards will fill up in next to no time. This should tide you over well, and you’ll be left as full and content as possible.