13 February 2015

What's New in the M&S Kitchen



You are used to me sharing new products in my kitchen, but this is a wee bit different. Marks and Spencer invited me down to their Spring Show in London, where I got a sneaky peep and a taste or two of some of their new ranges for Spring. I'm going to share with you some of my favourites from the Valentines range which is in the stores now and the Mother's Day which will start to appear in store soon.


My trip started painfully early at Dundee airport, where we were held up for a few hours as there was so much ice on the runway. Believe me a 5am start does nothing for me! At least I didn't have to get there early, a few people gave up and went home.


I had plenty of time to wander about, so I tracked down a branch of Leon  (I don't know what I'd do without the sat nav on my phone) and had some leisurely lunch of falafel and watched the world go by.  Then I had a wee browse round some shops and marvelled over Selfridges bizarre windows before meeting up with Helen from Fuss Free Flavours. It was so cold we decided we needed a cuppa so we headed to the Nordic Bakery where I had a hot chocolate, shared a very sticky cinnamon bun and some chat with Helen.

It was time for the Spring show so we started to walk to the venue, unfortunately it was much further than we thought. I tell you I walked my feet off that day. My phone tells me I walked 9 miles.

When we eventually got there we were met and taken round the show by the lovely Kirsty.


We had a look around the different displays, had a chat to some of the creators and taste testers, which was really interesting and had a try of some new flavours. We also got to decorate an Easter egg, well panda actually, but it's too early in the year to talk about that.

Perfect Pairs Heart Collection (315g)  £15

I was particularly impressed with the new Perfect Pairs chocolates. They were divine. Chocolate paired up with complimentary flavours. The chocolates ad the most gorgeous fillings. Strawberry and balsamic; truffle and Halen Mon sea salt; caramel and passion fruit. and dark chocolate and chipotle chilli. If you haven't bought a gift for Valentine's Day then this is the one!

I was too shattered to go out on the town with my friends after so much travel and walking, so I checked into my hotel, had a rest, then freshened up before having a stroll to Helen's for a glass of wine and a chat.

W14 Hotel, Kensington, near Barons Court Tube, very reasonably priced with a continental breakfast.

The next day I met up with a few blogging buddies (Helen, Ren, Sarah, Katie, Jude and not forgetting baby M) in Selfridges food hall for a natter and a cuppa. From there we wandered up to Comptoir Libanais (a Lebanese canteen) for lunch where Nazima joined us. If you're in London, I recommend having lunch here, but get there early as the place really fills up. The food is excellent as is the decor.

Photo: Ren Behan

After that there was a look around Liberty,where I bought some notebooks,
then it was time to head back to the airport. What an excellent trip!


Valentine's Day at M&S


  1. Peppermint Creams (200g)  £3.50
  2. Milk Chocolate Heart Lollipops (30g) £1.00
  3. Net of Love Bug Chocolates filled with Caramel £2.00
  4. Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles (145g) £5.00


  1. Open Your Heart Box (460g) £25.00
  2. Gingerbread Heart (50g) £1.50 
  3. Jelly Bean Hearts (175g) £3.00
  4. Heart Tin filled with Love Bug Chocolates £3.00 

Mother's Day at M&S

 

  1. Luxury Fudge Selection (200g) £5.00 
  2. Dark Chocolate Coated Orangettes (150g) £5.00
  3. All Butter Lemon Shortbread Thins (140g) £3.00
  1. Daffodil Madeira Cake £12.00
  2. Cup & Saucer with Mini Shortbread, £12.00
  3. Mum's Little Chocolate Cake £5.00
  4. Mother's Day Victoria Sandwich £6.00




Disclosure: Thanks to M&S for flying me down and putting me up in London for the night. As usual all opinions expressed are my own.

24 comments:

  1. Some lovely products here, I really like M&S for nice treats! :)

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  2. Looks like you had a fabulous time, although the delay was not good to start with, at least you got to sample some delish chocs :-) x

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    1. Indeed, although I was quite restrained ;)

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  3. Looks like you had a great time, I love the look of some of those products, will have to take a trip to my local store for a treat

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    1. Definitely Lucy and there are some fab products coming up for Easter too.

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  4. What a super day out you all had! :) Some fantastic products there too

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    1. I have been craving the chocolate covered candied oranges since I say them Elizabeth.

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  5. What an exciting range M and S have this year - I look forward to seeing all of those goodies in the stores! Karen

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    1. I bet you miss M&S when you are in France Karen. Such a great store for treats and the fruit is always great. It's nice they use local farms too.

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  6. Looks like there's lots of nice chocolatey treats from M&S and sounds like you had a great time in London :)

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    1. Yes lots of chocolate and a great time in London. I was shattered when I got home though.

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  7. What a lovely new range. I can see lots of things my mum would LOVE for Mother's Day. I think a shopping trip is in order!

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    1. Ahhh what a good son you are! I am sure she will be delighted with anything from the range.

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  8. Ah, what a merry crew. I'm loath to take my copy of Comptoir Libanais back to the library, I'm enjoying it too much. Would love to eat in one of their restaurants. Sounds like you had a packed but fun trip Jac.

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    1. I'll have to look out for that cookbook Choclette, I haven't noticed it in the cookbooks section of my library. Bet it's great!

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  9. Lovely to see all the bloggy friends in your photo, lots of lovely goodies from Marks for Spring, those chocolate orangettes look gorgeous!

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    1. Aye, it was good to meet up and those chocolate orangettes, well don't they sound amazing?

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  10. I would say a big yes to all of the above. Sounds like your day was great.

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    1. It was great and a good range of new products.

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  11. Some of those chocolates look so delicious Jac! Plus a visit to the nordic bakery - amazing!

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    1. I know especially the orange. And yes I was pleased to visit the Nordic bakery. The cinnamon bun was so tasty!

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  12. Well, you managed to wring a lovely day out of one that started out very unpromisingly. Great little bits for upcoming holidays and just any time someone needs a treat. Helen looks very comfortable with baby Matthew, doesn't she??

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