The dish Christmas gift guide: stock up your cupboards and your stockings

November 30, 2020
The dish Christmas gift guide: stock up your cupboards and your stockings

When unexpected guests drop by, when it's time to head to the barbecue, with no time to head to the liquorstore, or when you just need something delicious and easy to tuck into, have these delicious gift-worthy products on hand or under the tree. 

It's the first day of December, first day of summer and the first day that it really sets in that Christmas is well and truly on its we've put together a list of what we're filling our cupboards, fridges, wine racks and stockings with for the silly season.

Rosé all day

This award-winning vibrant rosé exhibits floral cherry blossom aromatics with a hint of strawberry. The palate is full-bodied and complex, delivering a revitalising and crisp finish. Best enjoyed outdoors on a sunny afternoon, matched with a delicious antipasto platter – full of olives, stuffed bell peppers, salami, feta cheese and deliciously crunch fresh bread. RRP $19.99.

Maple magic

Check out the delicious new Maple smoked range from Regal Salmon – just in time for summer.

The perfect entertainer

There’s an art to entertaining, and it’s easy to master it with the perfect balance of flavours in the Villa Mediterranean® Layered Dip. Head to your nearest supermarket to discover the full range of layered and chunky dips today.

Top of the Toppings

Fresh As°, New Zealand’s leading freeze-drying company, has released a delicious new range to accompany the already popular freeze-dried fruits we all love. Fresh As° Icing Mixes are gluten-free, 100 per cent natural with no artificial colours or flavours and contain only freeze-dried fruit powder and icing sugar. Also new, their Freeze Dried Garnish packets are a convenient packet with enough fruit to garnish 12 cupcakes or a standard cake. Available in specialty food stores, New World supermarkets or online.

Summer means spuds

All the flavour, none of the fuss… Boiled and garnished with butter and mint, or made into a potato salad, new potatoes are a Kiwi summer staple. Rangeview Washed Gourmet Jersey Benne Potatoes are in season from mid-November to January so make the most of them while they are available. *available in New World stores only.

A taste of Cassia, at home

New Zealand’s home cooks can now bring the flavours of one of Aotearoa’s most celebrated restaurants to their own dinner plates with Cassia at Home by chef Sid Sahrawat. The new Cassia at Home range includes three flavoursome gluten-free, preservative-free and vegan-friendly sauces: Korma (a beautifully thick, mild sauce made with almonds and cardamom); Makhani (a medium spiced “butter chicken” sauce made with cashews instead of dairy for the ultimate velvety finish); and Karahi (a spicy, tomato-based sauce). The Cassia at Home range also includes two spice kits, the Essentials Spice Kit and the Spice Blend Kit. For more information, see their website. | IG: @cassia_auckland | FB: @cassiarestaurant                       

Optimum optics

RIEDEL Performance is the first wine glass series ever to feature bowls with a light optic impact for better aromatics. Co-designed by Georg and Maximilian Riedel, RIEDEL Performance is a technologically advanced and user-friendly collection of grape varietal-specific glasses. | IG: @riedel_official | @mark.baulderstone | FB: @riedelofficial

An eggscellent choice

Get into the festive spirit with these beautiful new limited-edition Christmas packs of Woodland Free Range Eggs, available at your local supermarket. Inside each 10-pack of size 6s or 7s are Woodland Free Range Eggs with strong clear whites (perfect for Christmas pavs) and deep yellow yolks for best results every time. For delicious Christmas recipes and the chance to win a KitchenAid mixer (valued at $999) visit the Woodland Free Range Eggs website.