Summer of Flavour at M&S

Wed 21 May 2014 - posted by Jess

Last week, Marks & Spencer sent me some goodies from their new Summer Range and oh my, they didn't disappoint.

I indulged in the tapas selection in one sitting... Spanish Meatballs, Chorizo & Cheese empanadas and Garlic Mushrooms.

My only mistake was not checking the packaging first, both the mushrooms and meatballs can be quickly heated up the microwave in a minute each, however the empanadas needed 12 minutes in the oven, not a very long wait but next time I would just do the oven ones first so it's all ready at once.

The mushrooms were fairly salty but that's kind of how I like them, with huge chunks of roasted garlic all over them I was in a sort of mushroom-heaven. The meatballs had a gorgeous tomato sauce on them and their texture was soft, but they didn't fall apart when you put your fork into them. The empanadas were the real highlight... oozing soft, gooey cheese and then you get the salty, spicy chorizo which works really well with the buttery pastry.

Next up...Dessert!

I was lucky enough to be given two different ones to try... A Coconut Milk dessert with a Pineapple & Chilli salsa and also a Milk Chocolate & Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche dessert

I LOVED the Coconut dessert! It was soft, creamy and mixed with the pineapple beautifully. I can't begin to describe how utterly delicious this was, it was like eating a fluffy cloud and then adding a layer of citrusy gold to it. The chilli salsa was great for flavour but the texture of it really was like salsa and the chunks were just too big for a dessert that small, in my opinion.

The milk chocolate & dulce de leche was a weird texture. It was kind of like a sponge cake, but a really wet sponge cake, like a moist, chocolatey sponge cake...but not a sponge cake! It had a crunchy salted caramel layer running through it too which I could have quite easily eaten on its own. It was rather rich though, and like an idiot I ate both so as you can imagine I was going into dessert-overload at this point.

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