Marks and Spencer have a very prettily packaged range of foodie delights for Mother's Day. I am going to share ou Salt & Sparkle favourites with you today.
When you open the tin of this Lemon Shortbread it smells of warm citrus and sugar. These delightfully thin biscuits have a good snap, and little pieces of lemon rid in the biscuit which bring a superb flavour. The tins are perfect to pop beside the bed in the guest bedroom, for any visitors who might feel a little peckish before bed. They are also refilable and great to keep in the car.
Biting into these chocolates, your palate gets an intense hit of dark chocolate and parma violet laced fondant. These are the perfect sweet treat to serve with coffee after your Mother's Day lunch or to enjoy during a Sunday Movie.
Chocolate and orange are perfect partners. Candied orange peel dipped in 70% cocoa soilds. Smooth dark, and handsome these orangettes are very morish. Even opening the tin gives that all too pleasant scent of chocolate orange. These are grownup chocolates.
Crumbly, with a melt in the mouth texture, these pieces of fudge have the texture of Scottish Tablet, and are delicious. One amber nugget of sweet fudgey goodness, will not be enough.
Petticoat Shortbread is an absolute classic - mums, Grans, Great-Grans, Grannys - all love them. This very beautiful tin is one to treasure and use for years to come.
Sliding open the box of these Champage Truffles feels luxurious, as does unwrapping the crinkly pink tissue, before finding these balls of melt in the mouth chocolate, flavoured with champage truffle and freeze dried strawberries.
Paloe friendly and processed sugar free - these nuts are perfect for anyone who wants a sweet hit without the sugar. Fresh crunchy nuts, are flavoured with a strong balance of rosemary, cayenne and black pepper, onion seeds, salt and wildflower honey. These nuts look and taste of luxury. They make a wonderful pre-dinner snack, especially with a glass of this Brazilian sparkling wine.
This crisp but sweet sparkling wine has a heady bouquet of lemon sherbert, passionfruit and mango. The bubbles are plentiful and small giving a creamy texture. It's sweetness sits beautifully with the salty spice of these nuts, but it is also a good match for soft goats cheeses, fruit sponge with cream and meringues. The beautiful bottle is an immediate hit to look at, and the fresh sweetness of the wine, means it will be a sure fire hit with everyone around the table.
Mother's Day presents would not be complete if I did not at least suggest one plant as a gift. While bouquets of flowers may look good, giving a living plant is truly a joy because it lasts for life, and beyond - we still have plants in the garden, which came from my Grandparents gardens.
Azalea's are commonly given to womena nd loved ones because they are a symbols of femininity. When given to a women this flower tells the recipient to 'take good care of herself' because she is so beautiful. Marks and Spencer plants are of excellent quality, and they are looked after by floral trained staff, who are able to answer detailed queries about planting, potting, and more.
Giving a living breathing plant, has to be one of my favourite gifts of all time.
Happy Mother's Day.
That's it for now ...
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