It seems that you can get a hamper for almost anything these days. A champagne breakfast hamper for a special anniversary? You got it. Christmas hampers? Yep. But what about a hamper that's packed full of Spanish produce, things that you can't readily get over here in the UK. Cue: The Foodies Larder.
|Valdeón Cheese, from The Foodies Larder|
|Fuet from The Foodies Larder|
One of the things I found with this hamper was that although it could be considered a bit pricey - the price ranges from £30 per month (on a pay as you go basis) to £165 for a 6-month period - it does make you think differently about Spanish food.
Sure, pimentón and chorizo are available in most supermarkets now, and it's easy to think that you could add a pinch of one and a chopped up piece of another and you've pretty much nailed Spanish cuisine. That's not true. Previous hampers have included gems like Fig Bread with Walnuts, Turrón and Rosemary-infused Olive Oil. Also Rose Petal Jelly and Porcini Mushroom Paté. It really opens up your eyes - and taste buds - to the real flavours of Spain, beyond the mass-produced chorizo and the thick potato omelettes.
|March 2014 hamper from The Foodies Larder|