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April 29, 2013

Food, Glorious Food!

by Val Reynolds

I am often invited to press events featuring new food lines. The most recent was the M&S Delicious and Nutritious introduction.

Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 15.09.48Persian Duck with Basmati Rice, roasted butternut, spinach with pomegranate dressing. £4.49 (350g). One of a range of eleven to choose from, this is the one that hit my tastebuds. Stunning!

Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 15.55.10Then Mini Macaroons – six flavours: pistachio, lemon, raspberry, vanilla, strawberry and passion fruit. 12 in a packet £1.50 144g – really great flavours, very very moreish!

[#Beginning of Shooting Data Section]Nikon D2002013/03/07 19:21:14.8JPEG (8-bit) NormalImage Size: Large (3872 x 2592)ColorLens: 17-55mm F/2.8 GFocal Length: 26mmExposure Mode: ManualMetering Mode: Spot1/80 sec - F/11Exposure Comp.: 0 EVSensitivity: ISO 100Optimize Image: NormalWhite Balance: Color Temp. (5600 K) AF Mode: ManualFlash Sync Mode: Not AttachedColor Mode: Mode I (sRGB)Tone Comp.: AutoHue Adjustment: 0°Saturation: AutoSharpening: AutoImage Comment:                                     Long Exposure NR: OffHigh ISO NR: Off[#End of Shooting Data Section]And this, the Summer Fruit Tart, that really ticked all the boxes. The most delicious tart I have ever come across. Crisp all butter pastry, filled with lemon and vanilla custard, topped with a summer fruit compote. A really piquant fruit mix, I detected cherry, raspberry … at £4.99, 530g. It deserves a drum roll! I will be looking for this every visit to my local M&S!

I was specially impressed with one of their ales, Citra IPA Ale. It was light, flavoursome and satisfyingly alcoholic without being heavy.

As you can imagine there was a lot more to try – you can see more on their website. Some are ideal as picnic food, or sitting out in the sun in the garden. Do give them a try  … we can’t rate them highly enough!

Val Reynolds, Editor

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