Marks and Spencer have some delicious food in store or to order this Christmas. Last year we brought you a selection of foodie gifts from the store, this year, we are sharing with you our favourite selections of their Christmas Food. There are options in store to order your entire Christmas meals, to pick and choose bits and pieces already pre-made or to buy some fabulous foodie gifts.
The thing about Christmas, is there is no right way to do it, everyone does it differently, and truly everyone should be okay with that. While some may cook everything from scratch, others eat out, and many order it all ready to pop into the oven.
At Salt and Sparkle we have done all of these things, and all have been delicious. Some rather more stressful than others, and we don't believe Christmas should be stressful. Christmas is really about a baby who came and changed the world for everyone, how we chose to celebrate with food, and how we cook it, is up to to us.
We want you to feel free and liberated in your kitchen this Christmas to cook what you want, order what you want, and not feel tied to a stove to meet someone else's expectations. Marks and Spencer food is excellent, and choosing some of their Christmas meals can really help take the pressure off you this Holiday season.
Christmas is for you, your family and your loved one's. So make time to relax and chat over a cup of rich, silky smooth coffee. Don't be chained to the stove.
This Christmas Coffee is rich, chocolately and very warming. We sipped it over breakfast with hot buttered broiche and some Crystalised Ginger Curd.
It's also good as an afternoon pick-me up, or something to serve to friends with some mini macroons.
And, makes a wonderful gift, with some mugs and a few sweeties.
Macroons can be ordered as a Christmas tree pyramid, which makes a lovely centrepiece for your table, or served as a petit fous, after dinner, when pudding is just too much, and a mouthful of something sweet is all that is required.
I haven't made my own Christmas cake this year, instead I have bought one of these from Marks and Spencer. It is rich with a moist crumb, alongside a great variety of rich and plump fruit. Nuts are plentiful without being annoying, and the icing is smooth and sweet. The marizpan is a light almond flavour which doesn't destract from the cake's robust flavours, and the candied peel is sweet and citrusy. This is a fairly decadent cake, well make, beautifully iced with a sweet, nutty, warm and real depth of flavour in each mouthful.
This cake would make a beautiful hostess present.
Not everyone likes Christmas Cake, and this ice topped maderia makes a good alternative. The crumb is firm but very moist - almost like the texture of a really good lemon drizzle, and the icing is thick, sweet and very moreish.
These truffles are made in Ireland, and come in a beautiful Christmas Tree box, which can be filled with lights when the chocolates are finished, and bring a lovely sparkle to your Christmas decorations.
The truffles are round spheres filled with soft melting filling, and come in dark, milk and white chocolate. The presentation of these chocolates is fun, festive and perfect for placing on the middle of the table. Serving chocolates at the end of dinner is often so much nicer than dessert especially if you have had a rich meal, which Christmas dinner tends to be.
This Turkey Crown with pork and caramelised chestnut stuffing, needs little more than a grind of salt and pepper, and a good basting of butter, loosely tented in foil, and popped in the oven for 3 hours or so. Keep a watchful eye and baste every 30 minutes or so, with plenty of butter, and the result is delicious.
Crispy skin, with bacon, and meat that is soft and succulent, enhanced by the rich stuffing. This crown easily serves 10 people, and really makes the centrepiece of Christmas dinner, the simplest one you may ever have to cook or serve.
If this is your first time carving or you want some help with it, this video is great
When the Turkey has finished cooking and is resting, pour the jucies into a saucepan, bring to the boil and reduce by half, then add this Christmas Gravy. We also added a dash or two of port.
Three Game Roast is a masculine feast and a wonderful way to feed men at Christmas. Pheasant, Partridge and Pigeon, with a pork, pune and armagnac stuffing, drizzled with game gravy and smoke bacon.
I am hungry just reading that. This is a very rich dish, and a little goes a long way. It is perfect to serve sliced on a platter at a Christmas party, or instead of, or even as well as a Turkey on Christmas Day. This roasted dish packs a lot of flavour. It is rich, warming and very wintery.
The meat is succulent and falls of the fork.
These cocktail sausages wrapped in streaky bacon are sweet, succulent and easy - all you have to do is place them in the oven, there is no fussing or messing about wrapping slippery cocktail sausages in oily pieces of bacon. They have a light smoked taste which is not overpowering.
If you are having a cocktail party, cook a large bowl of these little sausages, then mix a jar of Cranberry Sauce with some runny honey, heat until boiling, pour over the sausages and serve with cocktail sticks as they are really sticky.
This is the best cranberry sauce on the high street. Whole plump cranberries are cooked sugar and port to make a tangy, sweet, boozy sauce, that brings a fresh sharpness to the rich butterness of Christmas Dinner.
We also served it tossed through warm basmati rice, with pecans, dried cranberries, and lots of freshly chopped parsley, as an accompaniment to cold turkey.
In all your food preparations this Christmas, remember you don't have to do it all, and buying delicious dishes from Marks and Spencer, is a good way to ease the stress on you and your time.
The last ordering date for Christmas is 15 December 2013 at 5pm.
That's it for now ...
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