SPONSORED There are plenty of tasty gifts around for foodies, but how do you find the perfect gift for the epicurean who is also focused on healthy eating? Here are a few ideas:
1. A healthy dessert class
What foodie doesn’t love a great dessert, especially a healthy, homemade one? A gluten- and sugar-free dessert class gives every foodie the opportunity to create delicious desserts that won’t jeopardise their wellbeing.
And what better foodie place to do it, than in the main street of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Surrounded by a community dedicated to amazing food, this class is fun, interactive and intimate (groups of 10 only). In three hours, you’ll come out with a range of new skills and ideas, as well as your very own recipe book and embroidered apron.
2. A pickling & preserving class
Fresh fruit and vegetables are high on the shopping list of any foodie, and there is nothing more rewarding than growing your own. But, there is only so much you can eat. So, what do you do with the rest of it? The answer is simple – preserving. It’s a skill that has been lost with the advent of freezers, microwaves and processed food.
This class will teach step-by-step techniques on pickling, preserving and making jam, all using natural preservatives. It also teaches cooking, flavouring and bottling of the produce, with a focus on organic, sustainably sourced foods.
3. An around the world cooking class
Exploring different dishes from all around the world can expand your health and food horizons. An around the world cooking class will take the foodie on a flavour and texture journey through the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and more. It’s hands-on and led by a professional chef, and at the end of the three hours, even the most ardent foodie will want to race home to put these new skills into action. But before that, all these amazing dishes will be part of a sumptuous three or four course meal.
4. Ultimate foodies hamper
There’s something for every foodie in this ultimate foodies hamper. It’s filled with a range of snacks, pantry foods, sweets, biscuits and even chocolate treats. Among all this are delicious sun-dried Mediterranean tomatoes, an all-natural tapenade made with Australian eggplant, chargrilled capsicum and olive oil, and an amazing combination of chargrilled capsicums and a fresh fetta tapenade, ready to be spread on your favourite sourdough bread. The olive oil and truffle oil featured in this hamper are also big attractions, provided you can look past the Tasmanian fruit paste
and quince pastes.
5. A pasta-making classes
A true foodie rarely buys their own pasta. From a health point of view, knowing what is in your pasta can make a difference to people with certain health problems or dietary requirements. It’s what’s on the pasta that also counts, and a pasta classes can teach even the most advanced foodie new tricks.
You could start with pasta-making basics, learning how to mix the ingredients, knead,rest and cut. Or, for a challenge, try an advanced class that teaches more difficult varieties, such as gnocchi. But for the ultimate Italian gift experience, this class will teach foodies to make egg pasta three ways with matching sauces that will rival any restaurant. Buon appetite!