A very British taste of a very M&S summer…

The most iconic porcine rivaled only by Farmer Hoggett’s Babe, Toy Story’s Hamm or Jim Henson’s leading lady…

A caterpillar birthday cake requested by as many big children as small…

That chocolate pudding…

There can be no denying that M&S has created some of the most iconic foods available on high streets across the globe and everyone has their favourite, be it the sweetest of Jaffa laden spheres, the juiciest of posh puppies or the most virtuous of tropical kale juices.

Willy Wonka sang that there ‘is no world I know that compares to pure imagination’ and where M&S cooks, tastes & creates, others follow which is why the Summer Foods Press Show was one of the hottest, most salivatory tickets in town recently. With over 300 new lines due to hit stores from April 2015, this is the biggest launch outside of Christmas and promises to deliver on every count from flavour to value and quality to style.

A Taste of Britain can be found in every dish from the fantastically creative – Battenberg Biscuits – to the heart-warmingly traditional – Black Pudding Scotch Eggs – to the must-haves for your sunshine soaked summer parties – that’d be the delightful & ready to drink Mint & Cucumber Gin & Tonic. So step this way and let’s get started on the only shopping list you’ll need for the coming months…

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Egyptian street food and a Lego Lando Calrissian…

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New food addiction alert.

No, I don’t think I made myself clear.

New. Food. Addiction. Alert.

Saturday afternoon date with J. Lunch and big-screen Lego. Awesome but where to eat? I wonder if other foodies ever have the same issues as I sometimes do when deciding where to eat – do you go somewhere that you know you love and where you know you’ll have a super delicious meal or do you throw yourself at the mercy of a brand new feeding opportunity? Today was a day for throwing culinary caution to the wind and choosing the second of these two options.

Koshari Street has been on Groupon a few times recently, offering two large koshari and drinks for under a tenner. Anywhere else, that’d be a pretty good deal. In London, it’s a fricking awesome deal…

…IF the food is good.

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Spicy Korean BBQ burritos and desperately sourced glasses of milk at the Real Food Lovers Market…

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I’ve had a lot of Chinese food in my life. Since moving to London this time, a fair amount of Thai has passed my lips too. Indian? Of course. Mexican? Possibly my all time favourite. But I’m ashamed to say I’ve not had the pleasure of Korean until today and wow, this might not be stereotypical Korean food, but as far as it goes in selling it to me and encouraging me to try it again? Job done.

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