Christmas in July anyone? Getting beautifully & deliciously festive at the M&S Christmas show…

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Well hello dear readers! How are you on this vaguely sunny Sunday afternoon? For anyone who has set foot out of their door over the past few days, it will come as no surprise when I tell you that the temperatures in London town reached 34 degrees over the past week.

34 degrees. The Bakerloo line was a treat of which I cannot even bring myself to remember now that I’m free of it…

What 34 degrees is, my friends, is the weather of ice cream, ice pops & jugs of ice laden fruit drinks. What it does not automatically lend itself to are contemplations of Christmas and the festive season. Sampling dollops of glorious Christmas Cake Jam smeared onto on slivers of sourdough as a droplet of perspiration – because ladies don’t sweat of course – inches its way down your neck might sound an unusual pairing but that is exactly what last week brought us. Christmas in July courtesy of M&S and a sneaky preview of their fabulous festive offerings. Read More

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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Getting your freekeh on with this delicious mid-week dinner…

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Is there anything more beautiful than a plate full of glorious colours & textures? A plate that makes you want to throw decorum to the wind and plant your face in it? A plate that you know will make you feel as good eating it as you do simply staring at it?

I don’t think there is. Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are sunsets and there are babies and there are miniature pigs in wellies but really, a plate full of gorgeous food still does it for me every-time and in this post, I’m going to teach you how to make such a plate in your own home. I say ‘teach’ loosely because it’s comically simple but it might ask you to step out of your comfort zone hence my hand holding as we get into it.

Nutty, full-of-flavour wholegrains topped with roasted-until-caramelised-and-sticky sweet potato, beetroot, pepper, tomato and red onion and adorned with chunks of creamy avocado and nuggets of tangy goats cheese…in the words of Lurpak whose adverts I could watch on repeat much like a Ryan Gosling film, this is your dinner. Read More