Wednesday, 28 March 2012

An Extra Special Easter

See the pretty picture, I am teaching myself how to do fancier things on the computer. Today this included downloading Picasa and using it to make a collage. Get me! 

The pictures are of a lovely evening last week I spent as a guest of Leith's and Asda for the launch of the summer's Extra Special collection. I was astounded to see that it included samphire, which as the grandaughter/ neice of fishmongers I felt terrible admitting I had never tried. I really liked it, salty and cooked briefly so it retained a bite it was the perfect foil to a lightly boiled egg and some asparagus. A terrific starter, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed making with some other foodie bloggers. 

We also made soda bread which was lighter than I usually make, the difference being butter, half and half white and brown flour and some sugar. So definitely a few changes to try there. 

However, my all out favourite dish of the evening has to be the strawberry tarts, incredibly light ready-made pastry tart cases, smothered in a lightly sweetened, beaten vanilla cream and topped with strawberries and a warmed jam glaze. I had the luck to take a couple of extras home and they were as fabulous with a cup of tea as they were as a dessert. 

It was a lovely evening, with terrific company, so thank you Asda, Leith's and all the other ladies who attended. 

Asda have very kindly offered a hamper of goodies for one of my followers. All contents are Asda Extra Special and approved by the chefs at Leiths.

Extra Special all butter pastry cases
Extra Special artisan flat breads
Extra Special plain chocolate
Extra Special mini meringues
Extra Special strawberry conserve
Extra Special Spanish orange blossom honey
Extra Special Italian pesto alla Genovese
Extra Special Aceto Balsamico di Modena
Extra Special all Butter parmesan and garlic mini twists
Extra Special garlic dipping oil
Extra Special apricot crumbles
Extra Special Italian conchiglioni
Extra Special spiced plum and ginger marinade
Extra Special stem ginger chocolate biscuits
Extra Special Belgian milk chocolate and pecan popcorn clusters
Extra Special black pepper ciabatta croutons
ES Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
ES Chianti Classico Reserva

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Anonymous said...

I would like to win the popcorn clusters

Unknown said...

the Extra Special stem ginger chocolate biscuits are just up my street!

Nick Fudge said...

The spiced plum and ginger marinade sounds delicious.

Sam said...

The Extra Special Belgian milk chocolate and pecan popcorn clusters sound lush!

Lydia said...

I am a ginger fiend, so yes!

virtualjen16 said...

It all sounds wonderful..yes

Debbie S W said...

MMMM Luxury products at an affordable price

Michelle said...

I'd like to try the Extra Special garlic dipping oil.

Lynn said...

Extra Special stem ginger chocolate biscuits

Lisa Adams-May said...

Garlic dipping oil!

Victoria said...

The Belgian milk chocolate and pecan popcorn clusters catch my eye of course! Mmm chocolate and popcorn! amazing. Cant wait to try xx

Anonymous said...

Extra Special strawberry conserve.

gemsy1984 said...

Yes please x

iceblood said...

Extra Special Belgian milk chocolate and pecan popcorn clusters

Rainie Bish said...

It all sounds great but I defineately want to try the extra special spanish orange blossom honey

Heather Haigh said...

garlic dipping oil. mmmm

Lals & Alex said...

the stem ginger biscuits

Sophia said...

Mmm, ginger biscuits for me - yum!

Jayne said...

Extra Special mini meringues look yummy.


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