If you’ve got a lover of all things Spanish to buy for then have a look at these suggestions for the perfect gift.
The pans are wide and shallow to allow the rice to cook evenly so that, when done properly there’s a delicious crunchy golden crust (the ‘socarrat’) left on the bottom.
Don’t forget to add some rice and maybe some saffron for the perfect culinary gift.
There are plenty of Spanish cookery books on the market whether you’re looking for inspiration from a particular region, want to try your hand at recreating the dishes of a celebrity chef, or just want to perfect your tapas.
One of my favourites is Andaluz: A Food Journey through Southern Spain by Fiona Dunlop. Part cookery book, part travelogue intertwined with the history of Andalucia. Perfect for the coffee table as well as the kitchen.
Spain is famed for its ceramics and no visit to a Spanish market is complete without browsing the pottery. Whether it’s a set of earthenware tapas dishes, a terracotta oven dish, some tiles to brighten up the kitchen, a plant pot or two or even a sangria jug there’s something for everyone here.
A language course or phrasebook
If the recipient is likely to be heading to Spain for a holiday or has plans to make a more permanent move how about a language course or phrasebook to help them on their way? Whether it’s just to learn the basics to get by in shops and restaurants or something more in depth, there are plenty of options. Some people like to just listen and repeat while others like to have a book to read in conjunction with the audio learning so take your pick from these.
I have quite a collection of guidebooks that I’ve amassed over the years and, judging from my bookshelf, it would appear that I’m definitely Team Lonely Planet. There are guidebooks covering the whole of Spain as well as specific regions so it should be easy to find one that’s just right.
One of Andalucia’s most famous sons is Pablo Picasso so, if you have an art lover to buy for, then a print of one of his paintings could be the answer. His cubist paintings tend to divide opinion but he’s also famed for his simple line drawings which would appeal to anyone with minimalist taste.
Olive wood chopping board
With so many olive trees in Spain (the country is the largest producer of olive oil in the world with over 250 million trees) an artisan chopping board would make a lovely gift for anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen. Rustic in style they also make lovely serving boards for anyone who likes to entertain.
DIY chorizo kit
For any meat lovers on your gift list how about a DIY chorizo kit? They contain everything you need, except the meat, to make your very own Spanish sausage.
For someone who prefers sweet to savoury a churros kit could be the answer, particularly if you pair it with some hot chocolate for the perfect Spanish breakfast of churros con chocolate.
What Spanish inspired gift would you most like to open on Christmas morning?