A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Harvey Nichols to see if I might fancy trying one of their foodie Christmas gifts. Of course I said yes, I mean what fool wouldn't. Living in Leeds, the Harvey Nichols food hall was the best place to get gift inspiration for hard to buy for friends (and pick up some fun treats for myself too). I always swooned at the beautiful hampers so when I was given the chance to pick an item from their Christmas hamper range I jumped at it.
The little jars contain a collection of spices and treats by Laura Santtini, including Persian rose petals, Mediterranean Lavender, Carnal Sin, White Mischief, Nutmeg, devil's penis chilli, grains of paradise, saffron, salt of the earth, smoked paprika, cacao nibs, bitter orange, renaissance stardust, bay rose peppercorns, furikake and sumac.
I have gathered and milled the stars of you; And danced them to your lips; Eat Slowly, lest you should swallow me whole and forget to spit out the pips!
I definitely have my favourites - the rose petals are so delicate and pretty, the bitter orange smells divine and the cacao nibs are just so decadent. I know that when Jim gets his hands on it he will too - quite possibly the devils penis chilli. Not only for the name but because I hate spicy food and he loves it!
I'll be back soon with a recipe post using some of the ingredients from the Alchemical Larder, but until then I'll just be looking at the pretty jars on my kitchen counter.
This is a sponsored post for Harvey Nichols. I didn't receive payment for this post but I was sent the Easy Tasty Magic set to keep.