For many of us at the moment, mealtimes have become the main way to break up the day. Introduce some special treats to your store cupboard and snack table to make those little moments even more pleasurable and gastronomic.
ROUND THE CLOCK TREATS
The Great Indoors Hamper, £450, Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason’s The Great Indoors Hamper contains treats for every time of the day, with Vintage Marmalade, Strawberry and Champagne Preserve and Acacia Chunk Comb Honey for the breakfast table, Fig and Fennel Chutney to spice up your lunchtime sandwich, a selection of teas and biscuits for your afternoon snack, cheese straws and a bottle of Blanc de Blancs Champagne for a pre-dinner aperitif and a tin of its Ultimate Hot Chocolate for bedtime. Purchased for yourself or another, this hamper of goodies will brighten up mealtimes for at least a week.
Chocolatiers Selection Box Hamper, £99, Rococo Chocolates
How long this confectionery collection from Rococo Chocolates will remain in your cupboard comes down to willpower alone. From flavoured milk, white and dark chocolate bars to Champagne truffles, chocolate and raspberry nougat as well as a box of classic caramel and fondant cream chocolates, there’s something for everyone. And if ‘everyone’ is just you then we think that means you’re winning.
FRESH FROM THE OVEN
Afternoon Tea At Home, £29.90, Cutter & Squidge
OK, this one may not be able to stay in your ‘store’ cupboard for long, but Cutter & Squidge’s home delivery of everything you need for an indulgent afternoon tea at home is perfect for a special occasion, a little pick-me-up or to send as a gift to brighten up the day of a friend or family member. The package contains Cutter & Squidge’s freshly baked brownies, mini dreamcake slices and buttery scones, accompanied by jam, clotted cream and loose-leaf tea. For the best experience, The Cutter & Squidge team recommend serving its cakes at room temperature and warming the scones up in the oven before tucking in.
Whole Bean and Ground Coffee refillable tin, from £9, Grind
For those whose day always begins with the energising boost of a cup of coffee, a tin of freshly roasted organic coffee from Grind is a store cupboard staple, not to mention how pretty it looks sat on the shelf. Choose from three different blends – house, black or decaf – available as whole beans or ready ground on a setting suitable for all filter methods. Alternatively, opt for Grind’s Nespresso-compatible coffee pods – they’re organic, fully compostable and come in the same reusable tin. Refill packs in compostable and recyclable packaging are available for all options.
Parterre Blue Charger, £115; Kingfisher Scatter Black Mug, £38, both Halcyon Days
Enhance every culinary moment with some new tableware from Halcyon Days. Whether it’s a hand-painted nature scene on your fine-bone china coffee mug, or a vibrant Parterre pattern on some new plates, setting the table and imbuing your routine with beauty will have a reviving effect on your mood, not to mention giving you something new to post pictures of on Instagram.
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