The big day is approaching, and I’m being very disorganised. I’ve still got a couple of presents to get, I’ve barely thought about what we’re going to eat on the day itself (save veggies from our festive veg box), let alone what we’re going to drink.
That was until I stopped by Lunya to have a nosey at their Christmas treats and I’ve now got some ideas sorted. Whilst most people know Lunya as a place to stop for a glass of wine or sherry and a few plates of tapas, they also have their own deli filled with a mix of both local, and Spanish delights.
There are gift selections – rum truffles, traditional marzipan fruits, turron and sweets – it’s not all olives and Iberico ham though they have those too (and perfect for a Christmas eve nibble while you wrap presents they are).
The cheese selection, immediately leapt out at me – Mr GFB and I are foregoing pudding this year for cheese, and now I know where I’m going to spend most of my cheese budget. In particular, I need a nice big wedge of Valdeon Picos de Europa Blue – a Stilton like cheese made with both sheep and cow’s milk. It’s creamy, soft, and very moreish. I may have had a lot of samples of this.
The Pastura Truffle – a creamy truffled sheep’s cheese is also going on my wish list, the soft, so-squidgy-you-can-dunk-your-bread-into it Torta del Casar, and obviously a little Manchego.
Other indulgences that we sampled, that might find their way into my shopping basket are the pates. They come in tins, so store really well, and the lobster and brandy pate (especially) tastes far above anything that comes from a tin probably should. Slathered on sourdough and served with a big glass of something white and Spanish is something I would definitely recommend.
Speaking of which, we also sampled some delicious drinks. Alongside a huge selection of wines, we sampled the stunning El Bandarra Vermouth. Sweet, but not heavily so, it has lots of citrus and herbal notes, and again is a bit moreish. Many of us found ourselves returning to the bottle for another sample.
Of course, as it’s me, there was gin. And if any of you their Spanish Gin Tasting from the beginning of the year, you may recall that I fell in love with an acorn gin. It’s gin with a very distinctive buttery nuttiness to it, and I finally caved and bought a bottle. I’ve never had anything like it and as I’ve cleared a little space in the ginventory, it was time to fill that gap.
Happy Christmas to me.
If you too fancy something a little different to Port and Stilton, want to stock up on wine (a White Rioja with your turkey maybe) or just because it’s Christmas and we all like to splurge a little, you can pop into the deli on Deansgate, their sites in Liverpool or order online.