Don't you just love daffodils? Their bright cheery demeanor lift anyroom. Everytime I look at a bunch I cannot help but smile, at their vibrancy, at the wonder of their promise of spring breaking through the cold colourness of winter. Daffodils reflect the energy and zingy zest of spring.
There are lots of flowers on offer for Mother's Day, but any Mum would be over the moon with a huge bunch of daffodils. This large bunch I created by buying two of Marks and Spencer bunches at £3 each letting them come into bloom, then wrapping them quite tightly with brown paper, to allow them all to bunch together, creating a really vibrant abundant bouquet. This is a great bouquet to make with children who may wish to spend their pocket money on flowers for their Mummy.
Sherry and nuts make an original present, this Fernando Di Castilla Don Fernando Oloroso sherry from Marks and Spencer, comes in a feminine thin bottle. This rather wonderful 10 year old Oloroso from the 1st Criadera of the bodegas finest Oloroso solera, has a deliciously nutty flavour, and warming finishing is perfect served chilled in small tall glasses with some salted nuts before dinner, or as a nighttime snack.
Fruit and Tea Chocolates by Marks and Spencer are deliciate and tiny balls of delight. They come in a beautiful lace cutout box that can be used for years to come as a very stylish storage box. The chocolates comes in five well thought through rounded flavours - African Roobios, Earl Grey, Matcha, Blueberry Caramel and Raspberry Cream. The white chocolate matcha is my favourite. Made in Ireland, these chocolates not only are a beautiful and unusal gift for Mother's everywhere they show Marks and Spencer commitment to Ireland's agri-food industry, and allow those who purchase them to do the same.
Who doesn't love honey! A life giving property that is a great filling for chocolate. These Belgium made chocolates from Marks and Spencer got a huge thumbs up from the Salt and Sparkle team, they are truly lovely, with a delicious combination of different honeys filling each sweet. These are very special chocolates that stand out from what is on offer on the High Street this year. There is a Chestnut Honey and Almond in a crisp dark chocolate shell, a Lavender Honey Ganache in a dark chocolate shell, an Oranage Blossom Honey worked into a smooth caramel under a milk chocolate shell and a Wildflower Honey with pieces of Honeycomb, smothered in white chocolate. Their distinctive yellow box is eyecatching. These honey chocolates are very memorable.
Is there anything better than a crisp thin piece of lemon shortbread? I would argue not. These lemon shortbread thins from Marks and Spencer come in a distinctive stylish tin that will quickly become useful to house alsorts of kitchen bits and pieces. A sweet refreshing lemon flavour mixed with a firm crumb makes these biscuits a great afternoon snack with a cup of tea.
Crumbly buttery fudge with a texture of tablet has long been a favourite in our household, a sweet treat that goes back with generations of our family. Splattered cookbooks list recipes for this sweet treat. Firm to the bite these melt in the mouth pieces of fudge have been laced with pieces of Australian ginger for a slight spicy kick.
The Marks and Spencer Les Ruettes Sancerre is crisp and sharp. Refreshing to sip as an apertif, it has a soft golden colour with a minerally flavour that is flinty and fine. Made with 100% Sauvigon Blanc grapes this youthful Sancerre has a rich lemon flavour that works well with fish and chicken.
Marks and Spencer has always been one of my favourite places to stock up on food and wine treats for Mother's Day. I can be assured of the quality of the product and the thought behind the flavour combinations.
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Mums who read my thoughts.
That's it for now ...
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