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secondhoneymoon Tue 24-Oct-17 19:59:06

Saw a lovely soup recipe book which I've bought for a 'hard to buy for' couple for Christmas, knowing that it will be used. Need to add to it Initially I thought some nice soup bowls, but the only one' dive seen that I like (look like mini soup tureen) are £4 each and whilst I could buy 2, would really need to buy 4 as their children are often home to eat with them and it's more than I want to spend.
So I thought about making up a bundle of 'soup things' like Bouquet garni, bay leaves, croutons... but can't think of anything else to make it more of a theme.
Alternatively I could think of something else completely different to go with it but would rather theme it if poss as they are hard to buy for. Any suggestions welcome !

Argeles Tue 24-Oct-17 20:01:48

Red split lentils
Pearl barley
Macaroni
Vermicelli
Chickpeas
Spices such as, cumin seeds. Chilli flakes and coriander powder.

OldTurtle Tue 24-Oct-17 20:02:28

www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/252015574
Breadmix

Almostthere15 Tue 24-Oct-17 20:02:29

Are there any spices in the recipes that are hard to come by. You could add those.

Or what about a personalised wooden spoon. They must exist?

Or the amazing soup freezer bags from lakeland. Id love those but my DH always looks at me strangely when I suggest things like that....

Argeles Tue 24-Oct-17 20:02:41

I think your gift idea is lovely by the way - thanks for the inspiration!

secondhoneymoon Tue 24-Oct-17 20:03:35

Fantastic Argeles , thank you - I hadn't thought about ingredients other than herbs, and spices are a great idea. Thanks

PickAChew Tue 24-Oct-17 20:04:00

Little mini pasta shapes. You can get tiny bows or flowers specially for soup.

BrutusMcDogface Tue 24-Oct-17 20:05:22

www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/256538133

secondhoneymoon Tue 24-Oct-17 20:06:18

Wow so many suggestions while I was responding. Will flick through the book for ingredient inspiration, bead mix and soup freezer bags are excellent ideas. Soup hamper it is!!

mumonashoestring Tue 24-Oct-17 20:07:41

You could go for a set of 4 nice large mugs or soup spoons rather than bowls? Alternatively everything on Argeles' list, seeds that can be toasted and sprinkled (pumpkin, pine nuts, sesame, sunflower), maybe some parmigiano (usually keeps a bit better than parmesan) and a little grater?

secondhoneymoon Tue 24-Oct-17 20:08:02

Thank you all . Glad your helpfulness has been rewarded with a present idea Argeles. I get some great presents ideas from Mumsnet!

secondhoneymoon Tue 24-Oct-17 20:09:58

Mumonashoestring - that's a good idea, but actually just thinking I wouldn't have anywhere to put bowls if someone bought them from me, and am leaning towards the ingredients route

Flimp Tue 24-Oct-17 20:13:50

mini bottle of truffle oil? Delicious drizzled on soups like celeriac or leek and potato.

secondhoneymoon Tue 24-Oct-17 20:14:54

Oh and if anyone should see any soup themed serviettes anywhere please let me know - the only time I bought napkins off the bet they were crap quality so would rather from a shop where I can see they look ok

secondhoneymoon Tue 24-Oct-17 20:16:03

Thanks flimp, any idea where I would get a mini bottle? Things like that are more interesting than bouquet garni etc which she is likely to have already

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 24-Oct-17 20:22:28

Paul Hollywood Bread Mix (don't know if it's any good but you get a picture of him on it)
What's not to love fgrin

WazFlimFlam Tue 24-Oct-17 21:02:17

Nice oils, like truffle and chilli oil to drizzle on top.

Naice spice blends like ras al hanour and proper Harissa.

OverinaFlash Wed 25-Oct-17 10:37:53

Do you have a good local garden centre, they often have nice homeware sections with lots of napkins?

OverinaFlash Wed 25-Oct-17 10:38:06

Or a cook shop like Steamer Trading etc?

secondhoneymoon Wed 25-Oct-17 12:04:44

Good idea re garden centre for napkins. Another present sorted thanks to you lovely people

Ishouldbedoingsomething Wed 25-Oct-17 12:52:43

What about a nice soup ladle - there is a really cute nessie one on Amazon

secondhoneymoon Wed 25-Oct-17 13:04:25

Yes I thought about a ladle, a
I also got myself a ladle/soup stand from IKEA recently, could do that too

WaxOnFeckOff Wed 25-Oct-17 13:21:40

teeny tiny nutmeg grater? My SIL has one and I covet it even though I don't cook anything I'd need one for grin

secondhoneymoon Wed 25-Oct-17 15:45:27

Another great idea, thank you

GinYummy Wed 25-Oct-17 16:19:40

I bought a really lovely soup mug in next for dh. They had a few different designs and they have a plastic lid that fits over for the microwave.

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