Raise a Cup for Macmillan with M&S*

DSC_0230When it comes to good causes, I don’t think you can get any more deserving than Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity which supports cancer patients and their families from day one. M&S have been champions of Macmillan since 2010, and have helped raise an incredible £13million over the years – a seriously incredible achievement, which you can help raise even higher!

Tomorrow is ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ – an event which will see schools, businesses, clubs and friends gather to raise a cup and help Macmillan do what they do best – support those going through unimaginably hard times.

Whether you want to host your own Coffee Morning, or simply want to attend one elsewhere, M&S are making it incredibly easy to support the cause with their line of delicious goodies – all of which donate a proceed of sales to Macmillan. When you’re in-store, just look out for the green Macmillan packaging, and you’re good to go!

It’s a seriously indulgent range of goodies – from traditional cream cakes, to a special edition Colin the Caterpillar, you can’t fail to find treats you’re going to love!

In addition to a whole host of baked goods, M&S have even included a cute china cup, and travel mug, so you can take part in the party, even if you can’t make it to an official ‘do’!

In addition to raising funds through the purchase of treats, M&S stores have been kitted out with a ‘Raise a Mug Wall’. For just £1, you can donate to Macmillan, and leave an encouraging message for those currently undergoing treatment, which such a lovely idea, and I’m sure it must mean the world to those looking for a little support.

 

 

Spicy Lobster Nuggets from Burger & Lobster launching soon

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Burger & Lobster, is launching Spicy Lobster Nuggets as a menu hack, on 27thAugust in all restaurants after 8pm, to help satisfy late-night posh-nosh nugget cravings. Because McDonalds nuggets are beastly.

The six Spicy Atlantic Lobster Nuggets, coated in a delectable spicy batter are available for £15.95, five times the price of the much-derided spicy chicken nuggets at McDonalds but worth every penny.

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The indulgently lush late-night-only treats are made with tender chunks of fresh Atlantic lobster, sustainably sourced from the coasts of Nova Scotia, coated in a mouth-watering spicy batter. Batter that tastes like a warming cuddle on a winter morning. Thrilling.

Consisting of six spicy nuggets, the dish can be paired with either a fresh lemon dip or a ravishing truffle mayo. Delish. End your night in the most ostentatious way, by adding a glass of bubbles to your order. It’s not the milkshake that brings the boys to the yard anymore.

Upgrade your night at home, work or play and get the Spicy Lobster Nuggets delivered to you, exclusively on Deliveroo. You can order the tasty, spicy, not going to disappoint-y Lobster nuggets straight to your door via Burger & Lobster and little sister restaurant Smack. Stunning. Already expanding since their move to online, Smack are also now heading to the City of London and will be virtually available from 26th August.

Launching on 27th August, the exclusive dish, which doesn’t appear on the menu, can be ordered in all Burger & Lobster restaurants, every evening from 8pm for £15.95. You just have to be in the know on how to order them with the secret code of “Spicy Lobster Nuggets”.

The new dish is set to be the finest late-night spicy nuggets on the market. For reservations visit www.burgerandlobster.com or call 0207 201 8676 

Food News: Edinburgh’s Printing Press Bar & Kitchen Launches Brunch

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The stylish Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh’s iconic George Street is ‘brunching out’ with a new offering for diners this August.The new weekend brunch has arrived just in time, as locals and visitors alike search for something delicious before another jam-packed day of Festival shows.
Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 12.30 to 3.30pm, Executive Chef Colin Fleming has created a three-course brunch menu, priced at £28 per person including a glass of Prosecco.
The menu focuses on brunch classics, peppered with produce from Scotland’s natural larder:
Pancakes or waffles with berry compote, maple syrup, whipped Crowdie
Poached Peterhead smoked haddock kedgeree with cauliflower pakora, crispy duck egg
Hot-smoked Scottish salmon, sourdough, chopped free-range egg, Orkney brown crab mayonnaise, caviar
Smoked ham hock, garden pea and Isle of Mull Cheddar potato cake, cherry vine tomatoes, Arran mustard hollandaise
Much-loved favourites—such as Smashed avocado and poached eggs on sourdough, Eggs Benedict and Florentine—also make an appearance, and the sourdough used across the menu is made in-house by new Head Pastry Chef, Dominic Maciocia.
Mains also come with a complimentary side dish from sautéed chestnut mushrooms with tarragon butter to crispy potatoes, bacon and shallots, or just some extra toasted sourdough, smashed avocado or fried eggs.  Additional sides are charged at £3.50 per portion.  After the main event, diners can indulge their sweet tooth with a dish from the dessert table.

Go Try: Lunch at The Printing Press, Edinburgh

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If you’re visiting Edinburgh for the festival this summer, chances are, you’re going to want to go somewhere fun for lunch. Somewhere central, affordable and serving great food – and I’ve got the spot for you, and it’s located slap-bang in the centre of town.

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Part of the gorgeous Intercontinental Edinburgh (it’s recently been rebranded from The Principal), The Printing Press serves everything from breakfast to dinners and cocktails and it’s one of my favourite spots in town. Not only is it super convenient to visit (it’s right on George Street after all), but I’ve always really enjoyed myself each time I’ve visited.

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A couple of weeks back, we headed through to try out their brand new lunch menu. With the opportunity to enjoy two courses for £15.50, it’s got to be one of the best lunch deals in town! Since it was a Friday when we visited, we couldn’t resist opting for the Craft ale-battered fish and chips. An absolute whale of a portion, this was the fish and chips of dreams. With a crisp batter, mountain of fluffy chips, and delicious mushy peas, I’m not going to lie, I stole a couple of mouthfuls, and it was absolutely divine.

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I had opted for the Steak Sandwich served on sourdough bread alongside a marrowbone gravy. All the sourdough is baked in-house by the very talented kitchen team, and the effort really elevates the dish! Talk about comfort food but elevated, this sandwich is everything you dream about when I’m hangry.

With generous slices of steak nestled in watercress on toast, this was absolutely divine. The pairing with the piping hot gravy was genius. I’m not going to lie – it was the perfect dipping sauce. Rich and full of savoury goodness, it was a seriously satisfying way to spend a Friday afternoon.

To enjoy alongside our mains, we couldn’t resist trying a couple of side dishes. Obviously, the Steak Sandwich needed a portion of fries to go along with (not going to lie, these were dipped in that glorious gravy) and we also opted for the young broccoli, brown butter, hazelnuts which was absolutely delicious too!

Desserts couldn’t have been more summery, and we opted to share, so we could both enjoy all that seasonal goodness. First up was the Kirriemuir strawberry and black pepper pavlova. Unlike pavlovas I’ve tried in the past, this wasn’t the blousey, meringue-y mess which you might expect, but a seriously modern take on the classic. Macerated berries were sweet, and the whipped cream was just perfection. The star of the show was the meringue which was caramelised on the bottom, lending the dish a rich toffee note which was absolutely divine.

The Lemon Posset sounded too good to resist, and it was truly a taste of the summer. The posset itself was silky smooth, with a wonderfully zingy lemon flavour. Super fresh and gloriously indulgent – this was one of those puddings you never want to end. The berries on top were succulent and sweet – balancing everything out perfectly.

Thank you so much to The Printing Press for having us – you can find out more about the restaurant here.

Taste: Prestat Releases Eight New Chocolate Bars*

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When it comes to comfort food, is there anything better than a truly heavenly chocolate bar? Not one of those cheap ones with gritty chocolate or grainy fillings, but something rich, smooth and seriously chocolatey?! I certainly don’t think so, so when Prestat sent over news of their eight new chocolate bars, I had to try a couple!

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As chocolatiers to the Queen, Prestat’s new chocolate bars are suitably regal. Each of the eight new are covered in the most darling illustrations specially commissioned by Storm Athill, and they look as good as they taste! Each of the new bars are made with a bespoke Domori range of single origin Côte d’Ivoire couvertures, using a manufacturing process that roasts and mills cacao beans at lower than normal temperatures to preserve their aromatics. These lower temperatures and a more natural production technique both help to make the chocolate more environmentally friendly.

The first of the bars I got stuck into was the Dark Chocolate English Mint Crunch – one of the line’s five vegan options. It’s a glorious bar to tuck into too – with rich dark chocolate speckled with crisp nuggets of mint. Since the bar is so rich, it’s perfect to enjoy a square or two with a cup of coffee for an afternoon pickmeup!

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The second bar I got to try was a little more unusual – Milk Chocolate with Earl Grey Tea and Lemon. As it’s a milk chocolate, it’s not suitable for vegans, but it’s an absolutely glorious treat! Satin-smooth and with an unusually high 38% cocoa content, it’s a real foodies’ chocolate.

Delicately scented with the floral notes of bergamot, thanks to the Earl Grey. It’s an almost summery flavour, with a real hit of lemony freshness which I don’t think I’ve ever come across in a chocolate bar before.

Each of the bars are a real treat to enjoy – and I’ve already got my eye on trying another few (who could resist Dark Chocolate with Raspberry or Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt and Roasted Almonds?).

The bars are priced at £4.50 each and are available from John Lewis, Waitrose and Selfridges.

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