It is generally not my practice to make commercial endorsements or to place products in this blog. After all, the companies making the products don't pay me to advertise their wares! I grant you that I may well have mentioned a particular restaurant where the OB and I have enjoyed a meal, But that, as a rule, is as far as I have gone. Today, however, I propose to change all that.
Marks and Spencer used to be considered the very epitome of Englishness; no middle class lady would buy her unmentionables at any other store. Marks and Sparks had a reputation for quality and value for money. How they wish that were still the case!
Somewhere along the line the company branched out from its tradition of selling clothing and accessories and added food to the list of products to be found in their stores. The quality of their foodstuff has the reputation that their clothes once did for quality, although it tends to be at least a little on the pricey side.
It was quite a few years ago that they introduced their 'Dine In For £10' meals. This scheme offers customers a main dish, a side dish, a dessert - and a bottle of wine, the basics of a meal for two. And all for the price of £10. there are plenty of people who have poured scorn on the idea, claiming that the main dishes are skimpy, there is too much emphasis on chicken, or they could prepare the whole thing for less than £10. The Old Bat and I disagree.
Yesterday, for example, we enjoyed fillets of sea bream with a garden pea, mint, cheese and lemon zest topping, served with parmentier potatoes - and the OB cooked a little broccoli as well. Our dessert was raspberry panna cotta. The fish was delicious, the topping giving it a bit of zing, and the parmentier potatoes are quite possibly the best I have ever eaten. As for the panna cotta, it was smooth and creamy - just what panna cotta should be.
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