When Little Red Riding Riding Hood went to visit her grandmother she was carrying a hamper. She was doing so because since the beginnings of times, this is how we show we care.
It may be that Little Red Riding Hood had time to bake and of course grand mother lived just across the wood, but sadly though her gift had been put together with that very special person in mind, the hamper was not the center piece of the story, otherwise the wolf would have eaten it.
What you really want is a delectable hamper which is going to be a show stopper. I possibly had that Wolfie grin when I opened the door to the courier. I knew I was getting a hamper and I wasn't disappointed. A special message-card was attached to the box and in the box was the most beautifully presented basket with a huge bow.
No doubt that the Wine & Cheese Feast had been picked with Pebble Soup in mind-
Without further ado that evening we tucked into Olives Et Al Kiln's Roasted Spiced Siena Nuts & Seeds awarded a gold medal at the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. First impressions are important and often hampers look great but are let down by the goods, this was not the case, thumbs up for the nuts and seeds.
Then came the wine, the cheese and the cheese biscuits
- Kleine Zalze Merlot, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2008/9 75cl and the two award winning cheeses were tried on that very same night
- Snowdonia Cheese Co. Black Bomber Extra Mature Cheddar Truckle Snowdonia Cheese Co. Red Leicester with Chillies & Crushed Pepper Truckle
- Cairnsmhor Parmesan & Pepper Oatcakes
All medal winners, this is quality food and drink, the table was divided over the Red Leicester with chillies, good cheese but too chilli potent for some taste-buds.
We finished dinner around a coffee and the matchstick size White & Milk Chocolate with Mocha Coffee Filling. Hadn't we pushed our guests out they would have stayed to taste the rest of the goodies. There are plenty more including marmalade, chutneys.
Overall, the hamper was all what it should be, plentiful, good quality products and beautifully presented. With hampers starting from £20 delivered for £6.95 to the door (UK other destinations check) and an easy to surf website covering all occasions. This is an excellent way to show your appreciation.
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Disclosure: I was kindly send the Wine & Cheese Feast Hamper, any opinions expressed are my own.