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Showing posts with label Marks and Spencer. Show all posts

Marks & Spencer - New Meole Brace Foodhall Opening and a Giveaway

Marks & Spencer is known for its high quality, exclusive and innovative food products, but I think the ‘Tastes of the British Isles’ range is really something special.

M&S scoured the British Isles to find good traditional recipes and then recreated them, so you can ‘taste’ your way around the British Isles enjoying the best of British.  Over the past week I’ve tried a few of products so if you haven’t discovered Tastes of the British Isles yet, you can see what you’re missing out on!


Arbroath Lochmuir Hot Smoked Salmon Slices; I loved these, the salmon slices come in a pack of two and are seasoned with cracked black pepper, mustard and dill.  Serve with a green salad for a light lunch or add new potatoes and fresh crusty bread for easy fuss free summer eating at its best.

Pork and Egg Pie; nice and meaty, a good and what I’d call a proper pork pie.  As with all M&S food the egg is free range.  Every slice apart from the very end slices had egg.  These pies are made by a Leicestershire company with 160 years’ experience.  The pastry was excellent too; yes I can honestly say this is by far the best pork pie I’ve ever eaten.

Elderflower and Cucumber Gin Fizz; this is so refreshing, just the thing for the lovely weather we’ve been having lately.  5.5%vol this ready-made cocktail made with white wine and elderflower extract, cucumber and gin.  Perfect summer drink that is a little too easy to drink!  You can really taste the cucumber; we loved it.

Hog Roast Sausage Rolls; made in Yorkshire with crisp all butter puff pastry.  The sausage meat and pulled pork work well together.  They had a nice flavour from the Bramley apple too.  Each sausage roll is topped with pork crackling and are ready to eat hot or cold, perfect for a picnic.  I heated 2 sausage rolls in the oven for me and Paul (the husband) to try and the crackling topping was nice and crispy - perfect.   When eaten straight from the pack without heating we found the crackling wasn’t at all crispy, still good to eat but thought they were far better served hot.

Cornish Cove and Bacon Posh Puppies; now I was pleasantly surprised as to be honest I didn’t fancy the sound of cheese in a sausage and therefore wouldn’t be something I’d have chosen to buy.  But with that said, I’m so pleased to have tried them as they really are the best!  These Posh Puppies are meaty and nicely seasoned; a lovely smoky taste from the bacon and the Cornish Cove Cheddar was, well cheesy and very tasty.

Sweet Potato Wedges with Chipotle Chilli Mayonnaise; so easy to cook, just remove the wrapping, put the mayo to one side for serving.  Pop the wedges into a preheated oven and once cooked, serve.  Simply dip into the chipotle chilli mayonnaise - nice.

Old Fashioned Barbecue Sauce & Marinade; made from a classic English recipe with green peppers and a kick of British horseradish.  It can be used as a marinade for meat fish or poultry or you can use it as a sauce to top burgers.

Strawberries and Cream; you know how some strawberries can be tasteless?  Well these Herefordshire strawberries were quite the opposite; packed full of flavour and every strawberry was a good size which is something you don’t always find in other stores.  Perfect served with M&S Extra Thick West Country Single Cream.  





Giveaway! Win summer drinks and a £50 gift card with M&S

To celebrate the opening of Marks & Spencer Meole Brace Foodhall, M&S is giving A Glug of Oil readers the chance to win a selection of tasty summer drinks, perfect for an alfresco weekend in the sun.  One winner will receive a selection of summer drinks from M&S’ popular Tastes of the British Isles range, and a £50 M&S gift card to spend in store.

M&S Meole Brace Foodhall at Meole Brace Retail Park in Shrewsbury opens on Wednesday 5th August at 10:00am.

The 8,000 sq ft store will create 50 job opportunities for the local area and provide shoppers with more than 5,500 food and drink lines, including the Tastes of the British Isles range, along with a selection of flowers, cards and gift wrap.

Customers can also look forward to a new 50-seat Café and in-store Bakery, which will offer a range of speciality breads, pastries and cakes, freshly baked each day.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question by leaving a comment in the comments section of this post. 

How many seats will the M&S Café at the new store have?
a)    40
b)    50
c)    45

Terms and Conditions
1. One winner will be selected automatically by the Rafflecopter widget after the closing date of 17th August 2015 – the winner will then be contacted via email.

2. The winner will receive a selection of summer drinks and a £50 M&S gift card to spend at M&S Meole Brace Foodhall.

3. Prize not transferable, no whole/part cash alternatives, delivered within 28 days of competition closing date.

4. No photocopies are allowed.

5. Open to UK mainland residents only.

6. This competition is not open to employees of Marks & Spencer.

7. Marks & Spencer will be responsible for sending out the prize to the winner.

Good luck everyone!


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Disclaimer; I was provided with the products listed above in order to write this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.  I received a gift card to cover my time hosting this competition on behalf of M&S
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Marks and Spencer Count On Us and Fuller Longer Meals - Review

I was recently asked to review a selection of Marks and Spencer ready meals from their Count On Us and Fuller Longer ranges.  The Count On Us range of meals are all under 400 calories which means you can still enjoy curries, puff pastry pies and risottos without feeling guilty. 

Chicken and Slow Roasted Mushrooms and Baby Onions in a Rich Red Wine Sauce with a side of Vegetables:
I think you'll agree this colourful and tasty looking dish doesn't look like it's only 252 calories does it?
I must admit I really wasn't expecting either of the Count On Us meals to be big enough or taste too amazing (purely because they're healthy if you know what I mean) but I was wrong.
The red wine sauce was really rich and tasty, the chicken pieces were a good size and were extremely tender.  The vegetables - carrots, swede, parsnip and cabbage, were cooked perfectly too.




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Review - Easy-Carve Stuffed Duck from Marks and Spencer

This deboned whole duck from Marks and Spencer has only the leg bones remaining, making it seriously easy to carve.  Stuffed with a pork, morello cherry and cranberry stuffing makes for a perfectly easy dinner party, and it certainly looks amazing.

Easy-Carve Stuffed Duck

I found this product so very easy to cook and a doddle to carve.  Since the bones have been removed it's just a case of slicing and serving with no trickiness involved at all.
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Ham Mushroom and Mascarpone Pasta Melt

Prosciutto (ham) with mushroom and Mascarpone - a perfect topping for some nicely cooked pasta.  Yes, this is another of my Marks and Spencer copy cat meals.
 Now there's no real recipe to this and it's perfect for students, mums or indeed anyone with either no time to cook.  Or, if you just simply can't be bothered fussing to cook.

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Meatballs in Tomato and Chorizo Sauce with Spicy Potatoes - Gastropub

Another of my Marks and Spencer copy cat recipes from the Gastropub range.  Every mouthful is totally delicious.  

Meatballs coated in a rich and tasty tomato and chorizo sauce, accompanied by crispy, spicy potatoes.
If the list of stuff looks long and too much to do, it's only because I've broken it down into three parts for each bit of the meal.

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Steak, Potato and Onion Hash - Gastropub

I know I'm always on about Marks and Spencer food, but when 
I'm filling up the fridges at work with all their lovely food, I think to myself, 
I could make that!
 Now, this idea came from their 'Gastropub' range. 
I added tomatoes to mine, why? because I like them! 
Topped with crispy crunchy potatoes that have underneath soaked up the lovely sauce, the result was one good and tasty meal!

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Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Sour Cream on Peppers and Onions

Another of my copy cat recipes from Marks and Spencer's food range.
Now the idea of stuffing chicken fillets with sour cream I thought would be tricky - I thought it would ooze out whilst cooking.
However, some oozing is good!  But I thought it would just end up being a mess. However, if M&S sell it then it must work and it must be good!
No disrespect to M&S but there just isn't enough peppers and onions in theirs!
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Spanish-style Chicken and Chorizo Stew with Peppers, Onions and Smoked Paprika

Marks and Spencer sell a fantastic range of ready prepared meals and they do a range called 'Cook'.  Last week I spied this Spanish-style chicken and chorizo stew with peppers, onions, smoked paprika and Arborio rice.
I bought one to give it a try, but with every intention of having a go at making it myself if we liked it - we loved it.


Be sure to use smoked paprika, or it won't taste the same.

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