My children love our weird dinners (not). The other night, we were testing Marks and Spencer’s new range of party food. Their dinner was entirely made up of canapés, which although seems very posh, is actually quite strange. The good news is, though, that the party food is REALLY good, so we didn’t mind at all. And we thought it would be even better if you actually used it all as intended, y’know, for parties…
The highlights for us, in no particular order, were:
These American style BBQ pulled pork stacks are, admittedly a bit fiddly to put together – you have to unwrap the pork and bake it for ten minutes, then lay out the little mini cornbread slices, put a slice of Monterey Jack cheese on them, then bake those as well, then shred the pork, add the BBQ sauce, and finally assemble them, not forgetting to add the teeny tiny little red pepper. But, they’re absolutely delicious, so well worth the effort. The boys hoovered all of these up in about two seconds flat. £7 for 10.
The mini Christmas dinner bites are little balls of turkey, and sage and onion stuffing, all wrapped in bacon with a gorgeous, sticky pomegranate, clementine and cranberry glaze. They’re ready in 15 minutes and are incredibly moreish. £7 for 12.
The cheeseboard truffle selection is so pretty, it’s almost a shame to eat it. There are three flavours: the yellow ones are Cornish Cruncher and balsamic onion, the amazing purple ones (the colour goes all the way through) are goats cheese covered in beetroot powder, and the others are goats cheese with garlic and chives. They’re lovely to just hand out at a party, but they’d also look lovely stacked up as part of a cheeseboard. £5 for 12.
For desserts, there are the most adorable, glittery little mini Christmas pudding cakes (above). They’re really moist and sticky and full of fruit, with a little blob of icing and a holly leaf on top. They look beautiful and taste delicious. Win. £4 for 9.