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Have you started planing what you’re giving up for lent yet? I’m swithering between giving up coffee or just Starbucks in general, but honestly, I’m not sure my morning productivity levels could quite cope. What’s easier however, is planning how to celebrate pancake day on Tuesday. Normally it’s a date which creeps up on me, and leaves me running around the aisles looking for eggs and maple syrup at some ungodly hour, but M&S have made it incredibly easy to get all set up with their fabulous range of goodies.

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No matter how busy you might be this week, M&S has made it insanely easy to serve up pancakes this Tuesday. Their pack of 6 pancakes (above) are perfect for an indulgent breakfast. Warmed on a griddle, and paired with sliced fruit and skoosh of cream, it’s a hearty breakfast which will keep you going well into lunchtime.

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M&S also have bags of these adorable mini pancakes, which would make the cutest little desserts. Absolutely as light as air, these little puffs can be heated up in the microwave within a few seconds, and I’m sure kids would go insane over them.

Along with sliced berries and whipped cream, we added an indulgent squeeze of Sticky Toffee Sauce. It took the dish to the next level, and next time, we want to try them paired with ice cream and sauce!

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If you’re a bit of a purist, then the Buttermilk Pancakes are a must try! Available in packs of four, they’re the hot, fluffy pancakes you order when you go for brunch, but you get to enjoy these from the comfort of home.

Again, we paired these with the Sticky Toffee Pudding sauce, but M&S also have a chocolate, a raspberry and even a lemon, gin and tonic option to choose from! These would pair beautifully with some sausages and bacon, for that real brunch effect, or they’re sweet enough that you could enjoy them simply with a glug of maple syrup.

No matter how you choose to enjoy your pancakes this Tuesday, just make sure you grab those goodies from M&S!

You can find out more about their range here

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If you’re looking for somewhere to eat this weekend, I’d recommend one of Glasgow’s newest spots – Public House by Nico. It’s the third restaurant to be opened by chef Nico Simone, and his second in the city. I’ve been meaning to try Edinburgh’s Six by Nico since it opened, but considering booking are notoriously hard to get, I’ve not gotten round to it yet. So, when the invite to try Public House by Nico’s Sunday Lunch popped up, you can imagine how quickly I RSVP’d!

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Situated in the heart of the Great Western Road, Public House by Nico is a cosy spot, which serves up sharing plates throughout the week, and then goes hard on brunch and roasts at the weekend. I headed through on Sunday to see what it was all about, and happily, I was seriously impressed.

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The restaurant itself is surprisingly cosy. There’s a traditional bar as you go in, complete with comfy chairs, so if you’re looking for an afternoon of great food and conversation, that’s your spot. Since we were in a group, we seated up against the side wall – a perfect place for people watching.

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We were in to try out the Sunday Roast – served weekly 2 courses are £17 whilst 3 courses will set you back £20. It’s exceptional value. I kicked off proceedings with the Stornoway Black Pudding & Potato Terrine – a surprisingly light and fluffy mix of earthy flavour. The black garlic emulsion is came served with tasted almost chocolatey in it’s richness, and the ewes cheese gave a salty tang. A perfectly balanced dish, I still can’t quite believe how light the mix of black pudding and potato was!

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Then it was the main event – I couldn’t resist the Roast Speyside Sirloin (£3 supplement). It was everything you’d want from a roast dinner: two generous slices of perfectly pink sirloin, sweet vegetable, a cloud of Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and a spoonful of fiery horseradish.

Served up in a tower, the roast is everything you crave each weekend, and it was quite the cure for a few sore heads sitting around the table.Yo0TaGGAR%WP8Y+cVKjufQ_thumb_721

The whole dish was perfection. From the roast beef, which positively melted in the mouth, to the crisp roast potatoes, and the sweet honey-roasted carrots and parsnips, I could have happily sat and feasted all afternoon.

There were even bubbling pots of cauliflower cheese to dive into (these were to die for) as if all the goodies on our plates weren’t enough. The cauliflower was divine – equal parts creamy and cheesy this was sheer comfort food. The whole afternoon was so enjoyable, and a huge shout-out has to go to the staff too, they couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful, making sure glasses were topped up, and we had everything we could think of. Even though the desserts sounded divine, I could even think about sampling any of them, even if the Sticky Toffee Pudding sounded heavenly!

Thank you so much to Public House by Nico for having me! You can find out more about the menu here.

 

 

 

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I know it’s not the most popular opinion in the world, but I’m a serious fan of Valentines Day. What can I say? Maybe I’m a romantic, or perhaps it’s just the flurry of pink and red in the middle of a rather grey February, but I’m a sucker for anything Valentines. Happily though, so it seems are M&S.

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Today I arrived home right as the postman drew up to the house, and getting a big box of M&S goodies, couldn’t have felt any more indulgent. Inside were a host of goodies celebrating Valentines (or Galentines if you’d rather), and they could not be more adorable (or delicious!)

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There are your classic treats – think chocolate hearts, and lollipops, but there are also some fun new updates too! I am more than a little obsessed with the caramel milk chocolate hearts. They’re delicious with a coffee!

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There are also some gorgeous gummies! These are ‘Would it be uni-corny to say I love you?’

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I’m also rather in love with these Prosecco and Raspberry jelly sweets. Made with real Prosecco and Raspberry extracts, they’re a grown up take on a classic.

The ‘Filled with Love’ truffle balls are incredible too. There’s a choice of white chocolate, hazelnut or chocolate mousse centres, and you’d better believe these are being kept to be enjoyed this weekend!

Last up, but certainly not least, is the bottle of ‘Be My Valentini.’ Made with premium white rum, cranberry juice, lime juice and orange peel – its a fruity little treat I can’t wait to crack open tomorrow evening. It’s incredibly easy to serve – just pop it in the fridge, then serve over ice.

Thank you so much to M&S for my goodies – I’m seriously in the Valentines spirit!

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Friday night is Burns Night, which is pretty much Scotland’s second holiday. It’s a celebration of all things Scottish, with Robert Burns at the heart and centre of the festivities. If you’re heading to an official do, you’ll get to be piped in, enjoy the Selkirk Grace, and then of course the famous Address to a Haggis. It’s a wholly dramatic event, and it gets fun when the Address to Lads, and the Address to the Lassies get going. There’s also a whole lot of Burns’ poetry, and of course there’s the meal. It’s very seasonal, and it’s very Scottish, and if you’re wanting to host your own Burns Night event – M&S is your one stop shop.

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As you would hope, all of M&S Burns Night goodies are wholly Scottish. There is the Limited Edition Haggis, made especially from uber haggis makers Macsween, potatoes, swede and rainbow carrots all grown in Scotland, and there is, of course a whole selection of Scottish whiskies. Even better news? M&S have 20% off their core whisky range!

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If you’re looking to host your own Burns Night, it really couldn’t be easier. Mashed potatoes and mashed swede are the easiest sides in the world – just boil and mash with butter, and you can even prepare ahead, and simply reheat when your guests arrive. The haggis is incredibly easy too. You can cook it in the oven (make sure it’s wrapped in foil, in a water-filled ovenproof dish and simmer for an hour and a half or so) or you can even pop it in the microwave if you’re pushed for time.

New for this year, M&S even have a brad new whisky sauce to serve alongside your meal (it’s delicious btw) and I love the addition of roasted rainbow carrots for a little added crunch and colour. No night would be complete without a dram of whisky, and M&S some fabulous Speyside examples to enjoy (I opted for the Tamdu 12). Even if you don’t drink it neat (full disclosure, as much as I’d like to, I can’t) M&S even have a fun spiked hot chocolate recipe, which you can find here.

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Thank you so much to M&S for gifting all products featured – we’re having a proper shindig on Friday, where they’ll all be properly enjoyed!

 

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With just over a week to go until Christmas Day, I’m very much loving the festive build up. From evenings out, to entertaining at home, it feels like there is something on nightly. This year has been an incredibly busy one, so I’m savouring every cosy evening, and as usual, M&S has been an absolute lifesaver when it comes to stocking up on seasonal goodies.

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From turkeys to artisanal gins, M&S are a one-stop-shop for getting ready for Christmas, and I love how I can mix and match festive classics, like their incredible Christmas cakes (I chose the traditional fully iced version) with fun new arrivals like Salted Caramel Pine Cones and Shimmering Milk Chocolates.

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M&S vol au vents are a bit of a running tradition in my family – there are stories about how my grandmother was never without them, just incase friend dropped by, and who am I to break tradition? My favourites are the Mini Deep Filled vol au vents (£10) – coming in three flavour combinations (bacon and mushroom, salmon and cream cheese & tomato and mozzarella) you can pop these in the oven a few minutes before guests are expected, and they disappear in front of your eyes!

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If you’re heading to someone’s house around the Christmas period, one of my favourite things to take is a great cheeseboard, and M&S is absolutely killing it with their selection. Whether you opt for one with board included, or my favourite, the Perfect Pairings collection, it’s guaranteed to go down a storm! The Perfect Pairings box includes a selection of four cheeses with accompanying chutneys and jams. I loved the pairing notes tucked inside, and the combination of flavours are absolutely perfect.

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At this point, it feels like M&S is pretty much synonymous with Christmas, and with good reason! From gorgeously scented candles (their Mandarin, Cinnamon and Clove and Mistletoe & Fir scents are divine) to easy gift buying (their beauty sections are an absolute dream) a trip to M&S seriously reduces any festive stress, and once your shopping is finished, you can even reward yourself with a drop of their Christmas Gin – made by Edinburgh’s own Old Curiosity Gin.

This post is sponsored by M&S but all opinions are my own. Thank you so much to M&S for working with me.

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