TRIED & TESTED | The Autumn/Winter food range at M&S

What with full-time jobs, part-time children and a food blog – we are a busy couple. We tend to save cooking for the weekends when we have the luxury of time to invest in the kitchen. Plus with all our meals out we try to be good on the week nights we stay, opting for a light and low-calorie dinner.

On a weekend when we have the children over I tend to cook more than I usually would, and luckily for me, they seem to love it – even the fussy one. The last weekend they visited we had an action-packed weekend planned, involving a walk over the 02 (if you haven’t done it, it really is a must). There really was going to be no time for me to cook the kind of dishes the kids love, like a chicken cacciatore recipe – fondly just called ‘Nigella’ is top of the list at the moment.

It seemed like the perfect time to be lazy and try the samples of the new Autumn/Winter range that M&S kindly gave us. The Chicken Tikka Masala Pie £3.99 from the Modern Indian range made a fine pit-stop lunch. A steaming bowl of chunky potatoes and a (surprisingly) generous serving of tender chicken in a creamy and not too hot masala sauce.

The kids shared the Chicken & Wiltshire Ham En Croute £5.50 from the Gastropub range, which comes in two individual servings. Packed full of chicken and ham hock in a cider, leek and cheese sauce in a buttery puff pastry.

Ade and I tried the hearty Beef Stroganoff £5 from the Cook With M&S range. The meat and sauce are supplied and all you have to do is throw it all together and cook it, easy! Tangy and warming, Ade wasn’t too sure (he had his eyes on the pies) but I really liked it.

The Ultimate Apple Strudel £5 from the Dessert menu was enough for us all to share – just! An aromatic cinnamon, apple and sultana filling enclosed in a delicate filo pastry, we smothered ours in custard.

Alongside with the Flavours of the World range from Urban Belly Seoul sauce £3.99, Quince paste £1.49 from Spain to Palestinian Sumac £1.49. M&S is fully embracing the UK’s ever-increasing love for not just every day food, but to explore new and exciting flavours.
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