A visit to Leith’s Cookery School and win an Asda Extra Special Easter hamper!

So yesterday saw me tootling off into London in the Spring sunshine.  We had such an amazing time at Leith’s last time, cooking the Extra Special Christmas range, I was delighted to be asked back to try out their Easter range. Once again, Leith’s have been hard at work testing (and eating!) loads of new products that they feel are good enough quality to be called ‘extra special’ and go into the new range at Asda.  I actually felt quite sorry for lovely Camilla, the MD of Leith’s School of Food and Wine when she was talking about the sheer amount of chocolate they’d tested (who’d have thought there was such a thing as eating too much chocolate?!).

Like last time, we were lucky enough to be allowed into the famous Leith’s kitchens to cook with the new ingredients.  Our starter was a delicious mixture of fresh green samphire (yes, you can get it at Asda!) and young asparagus, topped with a poached egg and some strips of parmesan.  As you can see, our table slightly failed on the runniness of the poached egg (we might have been gasbagging a bit too much to be paying attention), but the finished dish was delicious, and so elegant:

Next up was an amazing rack of lamb (it comes ready trimmed), which we adorned with a herb crust:

And our desserts were gorgeous strawberry tarts, with a crisp (ready made, but ‘extra special’) buttery pastry case, filled with a delicious mixture of mascarpone, double cream, vanilla and icing sugar and topped with strawberries which we then glazed with Extra Special strawberry jam.  Droolworthy.  And a ‘top tip’ we learned here, if you’re going to be making the tarts in advance, line them with a thin coating of melted chocolate before filling – it keeps them crisp):

We had such an amazing day and sadly, once again, I just about managed to hoover up my starter and main course (and plenty of the very freely flowing wine) before I had to leg it off to catch my train.

And especially for you, I’ve got a hamper with loads of the new Asda Extra Special Easter products to give away:

Just comment to enter!  

Competition finishes midnight Tuesday 27th March.  The winner will be chosen at random. No cash alternatives. The judge’s decision is final.


This competition is now closed. Well done to Jo Bryan who won the hamper :)

56 replies
  1. Insomniac Mummy
    Insomniac Mummy says:

    The lamb sounds delicious! I’ve never cooked a rack of lamb, my Grandad used to cook for us every Sunday when we were small, and his speciality was lamb. I’ve always been worried mine wouldn’t match up, and I’d be disappointed!


  2. Fran Ryan
    Fran Ryan says:

    Love the top tip about the tarts must remember that. Hamper looks great too, know just the Easter friends who I would share it with!

  3. Kara Guppy
    Kara Guppy says:

    You said wine – I’m here!! Looks like you had a fantastic day and the hamper looks scrummy

  4. Cara
    Cara says:

    Ooh, salivating through the whole of that post. Is it sad that I was really impressed with your on the vine roasted tomatoes? They just make it look so gourmet.

  5. Stacey
    Stacey says:

    Wow! That starter looks gorgeous. I love the Extra Special stuff in Asda, still a bit cheaper than the other supermarkets but still up to an excellent standard.

  6. Katherine L
    Katherine L says:

    One of my best friends is named Leith! I actually told her about this cooking school after seeing it on your blog :)

    Enter me please, this is a fab giveaway! x

  7. sunnyshine696
    sunnyshine696 says:

    I would really love to win this and not a single item wld b wasted and id probably b addicted it looks so delicious good luck to everyone xx

  8. Catherine Doran
    Catherine Doran says:

    Loving the look of the lamb recipe, especially the gorgeous crust! And you can never say no to a strawberry tart :)

  9. D.J.Kirkby
    D.J.Kirkby says:

    Erm, does yumyumyumyumyumyumWANT count as a comment? Only asking because my brain seems to be stuck on the yumyumyumyumyumyumWANT….can’t think why?

  10. Laura Appleby
    Laura Appleby says:

    Can you pop round and cook your “extra special” rack of lamb. It looks yummy! (I’ve a big Asda up the road and plenty on wine in the fridge lol). I’d love to win the Hamper.

  11. Multiple Mummy
    Multiple Mummy says:

    The rack of lamb looks amazing and asparagus is my most favourite vegetable so that starter looks incredible. Going to pin this so I remember where the recipe is. :)

  12. Jo Bryan
    Jo Bryan says:

    The food loooks amazing, I had a lovely Philly session with Ed Baines cooking for us, a lot of good wine and train home, brought back good memories. The hamper looks nom! thanks for the chance.

  13. Jennifer Eccles
    Jennifer Eccles says:

    God that lamb!!! *drool*

    That’s one fabulous looking hamper! I’d love to win this so I could have it delivered to my sister in Wales. She loves Asda but doesn’t have one near her at all, she lives quite rural. Please put my name in the hat, thank you!! :)

  14. Emma
    Emma says:

    I love samphire… haven’t seen it here yet, but when I do, I will be making that! I have real problems with runny/non-runny yolks… The eggs are so fresh here that they are really really difficult to peel when boiled so I usually end up poaching them, and then wrecking them!! Hope you’re well! Emma (: PS. Don’t have one of those strawberry tarts left do you?!?

  15. Christine v taylor
    Christine v taylor says:

    Wow what gorgeous looking food, reading your post has made me very hungry x Everything looks fantastic x

  16. mumsdotravel
    mumsdotravel says:

    Those strawberry tarts lined with chocolate sound delicious, as does the starter. I think those two dishes alone would have been enough for me, but it all looks yum.

  17. Diane Goodwin
    Diane Goodwin says:

    How lovely & springlike! Especially those tarts. I cringe when I read “mascarpone” though. I once had the audacity to say it in front of an Italian friend but pronounce it “mascara-pony”. 8 years later & he still won’t let me forget it. :-D

  18. Trish@ Mum's Gone to
    Trish@ Mum's Gone to says:

    I should really head off to the Norfolk coast and pick some samphire to try that starter – looks gorgeous.
    You can never have enough chocolate… *she says as she raids the cupboard to find an accompaniment to the morning coffee*

    • English Mum
      English Mum says:

      I’d actually never tasted samphire before! I do now thing we should test ourselves to prove that theory though… is there such a thing as too much chocolate? *heads off to chocolate cupboard as well*

  19. Jaime Gardener
    Jaime Gardener says:

    Surely I’m not the first one to comment?!! Sounds like you had a great day, quite jealous indeed! You’ll have to
    come spend some time in my kitchen at Yeo Valley!

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