With less than 4 weeks to go until Christmas Day, it’s all about decorating the tree, planning Christmas dinner and getting in those lovely gifts that genuinely make someone smile. If you’re like me and you struggle to find the perfect gift then you too have probably spent hours online searching for ‘unique presents’. Well, I think I’ve found an unusual one that is absolutely perfect for the foodie in your life. Steenbergs are incredibly passionate about providing their customers with organic spices, loose leaf tea and flavoursome ingredients that are all about the aroma and the Fairtrade label.
Steenbergs herbs, teas and gorgeous spices are all completely ethically sourced, a huge benefit for those environmentally friendly friends you may have out there who often have to compromise on products. Most of their products carry the Fairtrade Mark, are completely organic and environmentally sound – what isn’t to love?
Better yet – they are a family run business and committed to providing excellent service from their eco-friendly factory. Their story is remarkable and one you can easily get behind and support and their products are absolutely gorgeous. Find out all about Steenbergs here.
Thai Spice Gift Box
So, one of my all time favourite soups is Tom Yum Soup, a delicious hot and sour Thai soup full of the tantalising flavours of coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir line leaves, red chilli, lime juice and a handful of coriander. This combination of delicious flavours create a soothing healthy broth that will set your taste buds alight.
Steenbergs offer the best gift boxes and for me, my favourite is their Thai Spice Gift Box, perfect for those who love Thai cuisine and perfect for me because I love making Thai recipes (such as Tom Yum Soup – Recipe below). Steenbergs Thai Gift Box contains 8 delicious mini jars including:
- freeze dried lime leaves from Thailand
- organic cassia
- lemongrass herb
- organic galangal
- organic white peppercorns
- Steenbergs Thai Spice Mix
- Steenbergs Nasi Goreng Mix
- organic bird’s eye chillies
Their price for this brilliant gift box is an absolute bargain at only £15.99.
My Tom Yum Soup Recipe
The first time I had Tom Yum Soup was when I was poorly at University and I remember being overcome by the eye-popping intoxicating flavours of hot, sweet, sour spice that made me feel better almost immediately. From that moment on, Tom Yum Soup has and probably always will be, my ‘go to’ soup for whenever I need a pick-me-up. Below is my recipe for the perfect Tom Yum Soup.
- 10 King Prawns
- 450ml water
- 1 stalk lemongrass (or half a tsp)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 6 tsp. galangal
- 2 leaves kaffir lime
- 3 tbsp of shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tsp brown sugar (for taste)
- 2 tsp. lime juice
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 small zucchini (diced and quartered)
- 1/4 can coconut milk (adding more for a creamier less spicy taste)
- 1/3 cup coriander (fresh)
The great thing about Tom Yum soup is it is so easy to make.
- Pour your water and coconut milk into a pan. Add in all of your spices, minced garlic, zucchini, lime juice and soy sauce and bring to the boil for five minutes.
- Mix in your king prawns and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Lastly, add in your shiitake mushrooms and coriander and cook for 30 seconds before serving.
Fairtrade Organic Christmas Loose Tea Leaf
What a delicious flavour Steenbergs Fairtrade Organic Christmas Tea is. I have a lovely little Cha and Co teapot that I got for an absolute bargain from TkMaxx that comes with two matching clear tea cups. This particular loose tea makes the perfect Christmas gift. It’s flavoured with organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic clove, organic cardamom, organic orange peel and organic lemon peel. A delightfully seasonal Christmas Chai. This tea has had a makeover and now appears in a super colourful and Christmassy packaging. Price: £4.00
Organic Christmas Tisane (Caffeine Free)
Along with the Fairtrade Organic Christmas Tea, Steenbergs have also created a delicious organic caffeine free Christmas inspired tisane / herbal infusion, with a base or organic redbush tea. This is a great seasonal drink with lots of Christmas flavours – but with no alcohol and no caffeine. It lovingly crganic redbush, organic hibiscus, organic apple, organic lemongrass, organic orange peel, organic allspice, organic cinnamon, organic rosehip, organic ginger, organic rose petal and organic clove. Price: £2.55
Old Hamlet Cacao Mulled Wine Spice Mix
Another fabulous stocking filler that couldn’t be more unique if it tried, this Old Hamlet Cacao Mulled Wine Spice Mix is lovingly packaged in a beautiful muslin pouchette of mulling wine spice with added cacao to give a warming chocolately twist to your mulled wine – imagine drinking a festive bar of your favourite chocolate. Price: £3.80
Old Hamlet Organic Mulled Wine Spice Sachets
If you combine this lovely Mulled Wine Spice with the lovely Cacao Mulled Wine Spice Mix, you’ll have the perfect secret Santa or stocking filler gift. Made with a blend of organic mulling spices and cane sugar from Paraguay, these sugar and spice sachets are a wonderfully convenient way to make mulled wine or fruit juice. Price: £4.50