He's back! And laden with gifts (even if some of them were assigned to him)! The Gordon Ramsay book is gorgeous and I've only had a chance to skim through it, but I already see several recipes I'll be trying soon. The beautiful bottle of Grappa will be brought out on special occasions, while the giant box of Red Label tea bags (Sainsbury's best!) will keep us going for a few months. The Fleur de Sel will join the other row of salts near the stove, and the mustard is a great addition to a rather ridiculously large collection of various sorts. The McVities will be scarfed up very quickly once my kids find them, but the Harvey Nichols Champagne Truffles are mine, mine, MINE, and will be carefully hidden.
The little bottle of truffle oil and the lovely round of Cioccolantini Ripieni (filled chocolates) are a gift from Marla, of Bella Baita View (expect a post from Jack about his afternoon with Marla and her husband soon). Thank you, Marla! I look forward to making something special with the truffle oil and to trying the chocolates!
It's like Christmas here today, because I also received a package from Munich. The talented Kerstin of snowflakes & blackvampires and I agreed way back in November to send each other a handmade gift. She's a lot more on the ball than I am, and got hers out already! The two postcards are of her own design, and the lovely handmade box contains yummy candied almonds. Thanks Kerstin!