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