Showing posts with label Marks and Spencer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marks and Spencer. Show all posts

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

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.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

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.
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.
You must leave the trussing bands on the duck whilst it's cooking.  Also remove the garnish until the last 20-25 minutes.
The duck comes in a deep sided foil tray and I was concerned the sides of the duck wouldn't brown, but they did - Marvelous! 
Once the duck is cooked through, leave to rest (covered in foil) for about 30 minutes.  Then you can remove the bands and carve.
  There are simple carving instructions on the back of the box and all you do is carve vertically down the breast and serve.  The two legs can then be simply cut into two through the joint.
 For me personally, the stuffing had a little too much fruit - I would have liked more pork, but that's just my personal preference.
All in all this easy carve duck is certainly worth buying. You can order this and more delicious food and have it delivered to your local Marks and Spencer by clicking here.

Cooking instructions:
    Serving: 4-6 portions
    Pack Weight: 2kg.
    Keeps for: 6 days
    Contains: Sulphites
    Cooking: Ovencook: Preheat Oven 200°C, Fan 180°C, 400°F, Gas 6, remove sleeve and film lid, do not remove pad. Remove the garnish and keep to one side. Place foil tray on a baking tray onto the middle shelf of the oven shelf.
    For the last 20-25 minutes of cook time, drain off surplus fat, return garnish to top of duck and cover tray loosely with foil. Check that product is thoroughly cooked before serving. If juices run clear, the meat is cooked. if pink juices run - cook for a few minutes more and retest. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 30 minutes before serving. Do not reheat.
    Storage: Keep refrigerated, suitable for freezing. Freeze on day of purchase and use within one month. Once defrosted (in refrigerator) consume within 24 hours. Defrost thoroughly before use.
    No artificial colouring, artificial flavourings or preservatives used
    Available for collection in the majority of our UK mainland stores

Just saying:
I was not given this product or paid to write this review.  I am a massive Marks and Spencer food fan and just wanted to share my thoughts.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Balsamic Glazed Beetroot and Carrots - Marks and Spencer Christmas Food

Another fantastic idea from Marks and Spencer this Christmas!  Beetroot and Chantenay Carrots roasted with a Balsamic and Honey Glaze.   Of course, as soon as I spied them I had to have a go at making them myself.

Just a few minutes to mix up a bit of Balsamic vinegar, honey and a couple of other bits and bobs.  Minimal preparation - just throw the vegetables into a foil tray and your ready to roast.  

Add the glaze towards to end of cooking - what could be simpler?......apart from popping down to your local Marks and Spencer of course! 

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Apple Strudel - Marks and Spencer Copycat Recipe

Almost everyone in the UK will have seen the Marks and Spencer advert for their apple strudel on television and I think nearly everyone has tried one!
 Although I'm not one for desserts (I'd rather have two dinners personally) I had a go at making it myself.  
Now I'm so not into pastry or baking but the result (although it didn't quite look like the M&S one) tasted GOOD said Paul the husband!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

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.

Monday, 16 August 2010

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.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

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!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

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!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

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.