Saturday, 10 March 2012

Competition! Win an Asda Extra Special Hamper with Products Approved By Leiths

Chefs at London cookery school Leiths have teamed up with Asda to approve their 'Extra Special' range of ingredients, available in the shops now. As you would expect, they focus on quality, and are really handy to have around the kitchen. I used the mini meringues to make my Oreo meringue dessert - they were just the right size and helped me cut down on time because I didn't have to make and cool them myself. The giant shell-shaped conchiglioni I stuffed with a meaty bolognese sauce, scattered with cheese and baked in the oven (that deserves a post of its own, more on that later). And the chocolate and stem ginger biscuits were amazing - just the right amount of gingery spice with little jewel-like pieces of ginger and then dipped in plain chocolate. Lovely with a cuppa.
And one lucky Comfort Bites reader can win a hamper packed full of these Extra Special goodies. The hamper includes: 

Extra Special all butter pastry cases
Extra Special artisan flat breads
Extra Special plain chocolate
Extra Special mini meringues
Extra Special strawberry conserve
Extra Special Spanish orange blossom honey
Extra Special Italian pesto alla Genovese
Extra Special Aceto Balsamico di Modena
Extra Special all Butter parmesan and garlic mini twists
Extra Special garlic dipping oil
Extra Special apricot crumbles
Extra Special Italian conchiglioni
Extra Special spiced plum and ginger marinade
Extra Special stem ginger chocolate biscuits
Extra Special Belgian milk chocolate and pecan popcorn clusters
Extra Special black pepper ciabatta croutons
Extra Special Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Extra Special Chianti Classico Reserva

I'm not one for great big lists on giveaways asking you to link here and Tweet there, so I've kept it simple. First, leave a comment below (click on the Rafflecopter widget to register your entry) saying what you would make with any of the items in the hamper listed above, or any of the products listed on the Asda Extra Special website. Then, come over and join me on Twitter @joromerofood (say hello!) and/or on Facebook for bonus entries.

The rules:
  1. The winner will be chosen by random via Rafflecopter on 5th April 2012, and entries will be verified. Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  2. The hamper will be sent by Asda, and can only be delivered to a UK mainland address.
  3. If any item in the hamper is unavailable at the time of sending, Asda reserve the right to replace it for one of similar value.
  4. The winner will be contacted via email, Facebook message or Twitter by April 7th 2012. If for any reason the winner can't be contacted within 7 days, another winner will be chosen.
Ready? Then enter now for your chance to win! Click on the Rafflecopter icon to start (click 'read more' below) and register your entry!

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128 comments:

  1. I would stuff the conchiglioni with spinach and ricotta and bake in a rich tomato sauce.

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    1. Can I come dine when you do? Sounds delicious! :D

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  2. I would roast chicken breast fillets with the special spiced plum and ginger marinade and serve with the special Italian conchiglioni.

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  3. I would make a Strawberry tart using the All Butter Pastry Cases and the Strawberry Conserve, with a drizzle of the Spanish Orange Blossom Honey on the top.

    @MrsWebster147

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  4. I wouldn't mind trying Stuffed Conchiglioni Pasta!

    @Mister_TIBS

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  5. Ooohh I would do a whole dinner party out of that lot! You could put the flatbreads, dipping oil & balsamic out as nibbles. Make a pea & pesto soup using the croutons as a starter......serve the conchiglioni stuffed with spinach and mascarpone for the main and then do plum & ginger tarts topped with chocolate for dessert. I'm not even vegetarian but that sounds awesome! xx @Dawniepopsies

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  6. I would dip the meringues in melted plain chocolate.. mmm!

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  7. I would use the Extra Special all butter pastry cases, fill with jam, whipped cream and strawberry conserve

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  8. brocii and beans with citrus butter, my toddler would love to try this, I like to put a twist on traditional ways of presenting food.

    @AimeeSwift1

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  9. I'd make an Eton mess .. dribbled with chocolate

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  10. I would use these ingredients to make an extra special barbeque to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Lots of finger food with oils to use for dipping and sweet meringues filled with strawberries with Extra Special Spanish orange blossom honey drizzled over the top.Yum!

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  11. Extra Special spiced plum and ginger marinade over a duck breast with a lovely glass of wine

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  12. I'd make an eton mess with the meringues and conserve!

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  13. I would get my hubbie to cook !!!

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  14. I'd make some yummy fruit tarts with the Extra Special All Butter Pastry Cases.

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  15. i would make a italian ragu sauce to go with the Extra Special Italian conchiglionio

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  16. eton mess sounds good but most of htis stuff I just want to hide in corner and eat by myself!!! If no probably something with the honey, conchiglioni, and some chicken, yummy

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  17. I would make roasted mushrooms in breadcrumbs and dip them in the Garlic dipping oil!

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  18. Being of little culinary skill - I would go for the Eton Mess too

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  19. Eaton Mess with the Extra Special mini meringues

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  20. I'd make a deliciously romantic italian meal for my delicious wife! - the Extra Special Chianti Classico Reserva would be the ideal tipple to enjoy with it too.....

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  21. I would use the pastry cases to make little Gypsy tarts! Mmmmmmmmm my fave!

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  22. I would use the Extra Special all butter pastry cases, fill with jam, whipped cream and strawberry conserve

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  23. I'd make strawberry tarts. Yum :)

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  24. Extra Special Spanish orange blossom honey because i love a treat of honey and lemon drink of a night.

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  25. Spiced plum and ginger chicken butterfly, with orange and honey tartlets for dessert.

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  26. ooh has to be the Eton Mess - yum!

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  27. I would make a sponge cake & cover it with the Extra special plain chocolate.

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  28. i would try Extra Special spiced plum and ginger marinade over chicken with a plain rice and Extra Special mini meringues for afters

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  29. Eton Mess Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  30. I would fill the all butter pastry cases with a pastry cream topped with sliced strawberries and a swirl of whipped double cream
    @VjeanBrown

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  31. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse21 March 2012 at 19:24

    I would make honey roasted salmon with the Spanish orange blossom honey.

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  32. oh wow this is my ideal hamper, i love the extra special range, yummy apricot crumble .. yes please!

    Di Shepherd

    di.shepherd@hotmail.com

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  33. Hot chicken salad - chicken brushed with pesto + grilled, sunbeam tomatoes, lettuce, ciabatta croutons, and a little brie melted under the grill, with a balsamic + garlic oil dressing. Yum!

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  34. Susan Crosswaite21 March 2012 at 20:24

    I would use the all butter pastry case to make an apple flan

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  35. Swiss Roll with the Extra Special Strawberry Conserve.

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  36. Meringues with strawberry conserve and melted chocolate Yum Yum.

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  37. crumble delicious

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  38. I'd make egg custards tarts with the Extra Special all butter pastry cases

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  39. I'd make a pasta dish with the Extra Special Italian conchiglioni and the Italian pesto alla Genovese

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  40. I'll make porridge with the orange blosom Honey.. Yes I know I'm very adventurous @muslimahi

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  41. I would make a delicious chicken pesto risotto with the Extra Special Italian pesto alla Genovese served with the Extra Special all Butter parmesan and garlic mini twists

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  42. Extra Special Belgian milk chocolate and pecan popcorn clusters - I would serve these with a dollop of ice cream!

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  43. I'd use the Extra Special mini meringues with some fresh raspberrys and cream to make my sister's favourite desert when she visits from Mallorca next month!

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  44. I would make my own version of eton mess with meringues, chocolate and the popcorn :)

    JoJo Young

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  45. A fab dressing with the balsamic vinegar and the marinadw

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  46. I would use the Extra Special Italian conchiglioni in combination with cream, cod and prawns to reproduce a meal I had in a restaurant recently

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  47. i would make some rich chocolate tarts
    @olivia280177

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  48. I would make a nice tomato pasta baked dish and maybe serve for a dinner party at home with all the other ingredients.

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  49. I would use the Extra Special Spanish orange blossom honey to make some sticky buns

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  50. I´d drizzle some Extra Special Aceto Balsamico di Modena over Extra special strawberries.

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  51. Charlotte Procter22 March 2012 at 09:37

    I would make a fruity tart with the pastry cases
    lottieproc@aol.com

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  52. I would grill goat's cheese and pour over hot Extra Special spiced plum and ginger marinade ... and serve on a bed of spinach.

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  53. I'll be completely honest. I will make a nest in my bed, squirrel away with this hamper and just munch the lot in random combinations.

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  54. now the sun is shining I'm thinking Eton Mess with the eExtra Special Mini Meringues- yummy

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  55. I would use the Extra Special plain chocolate to make eclairs.

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  56. I'd make a pesto and chicken pasta dish, a strawberry and chocolate baked alaska with a nice glass of sauvignon blanc to accompany it.

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  57. Extra Special Spanish orange blossom honey would be awfully nice drizzled over hot crumpets fr brekkie :)

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  58. I would make strawberry chocolate meringue nests ...mmmmmmmmm

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  59. I would make some scones to eat with the strawberry conserve

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  60. I would make open rhubarb flans with the all butter pastry cases.

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  61. I'd make a healthy flapjack using the Orange Blossom Honey and bananas instead of sugar and golden syrup. Then I'd drizzle over melted chocolate for an extra treat.

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  62. Plum and ginger marinade poured over a duck crown. Slow roasted and then pull the meat off..serve with spring onions, cucumber and warm chinese wraps. mmmmm

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  63. I'd use the Extra Special plain chocolate to go on top of a millionaires shortbread.... yummy.

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  64. I'd use the orange blossom honey to make a chicken and parsnip casserole - I'd add some mustard to balance the sweetness. Yummy!

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  65. I'd stir the pesto into a big bowl of lovely conchiglioni pasta. Simple but gorgeous!

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  66. I love it and would definitely not be seen by anyone until I had munched my way through it all :)
    But what Id make with it would be a lovely sweet Mediterranean dessert

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  67. I'd use the all butter pastry cases with the strawberry conserve to make some extra special jam tarts :)

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  68. Joanna Coleshill24 March 2012 at 12:50

    I'd use the pesto with some pasta for a simple but delicious dinner.

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  69. I'd make some scones to go with the Extra Special Strawberry Conserve.

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  70. I like combining foods that arent always put together to see if they work. Id make a yummy blackberry crumble inside one of the pastry cases.Following on Twitter as Woohoo Sadie

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  71. Some kind of pasta meal followed by a chocolate cake using the plain chocolate.

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  72. i would use all Butter parmesan and garlic mini twists. x

    @jamesmum15

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  73. I would make a lovely Spanish style lemon and honey chicken using Extra Special Spanish orange blossom honey, to smother the chicken - stuff with lemon, rosemary and garlic. Spread the lovely honey on the outside. Oven 1 1/2 hours - Job Done. Mmmmmmm!!!

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  74. i would make a lovely chocolate cake with the plain chocolate :) x

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  75. Definitely a Mediterranean peppers, pesto and cheese tartlets with a good glass of Sauvignon, followed by iceream drizzled with the orange blossom and popcorn. Mmmmmm I am now very hungry.

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  76. I would use the Extra Special plain chocolate to make some melted chocolate sponge cakes

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  77. I would make yummy jam tarts :) x

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  78. Extra special Eton mess with the Extra Special mini meringues

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  79. think i would use some vanilla creme & fresh fruit in the Extra Special all butter pastry cases for a yummy summer desert :)
    @emmav6

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  80. I love the black pepper ciabatta croutons in a caesar salad, perfect for spring. Yum!

    @Purple__Skull

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  81. I would make a summer eton mess with the meringues and drizzle the honey on it and top it with the popcorn

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  82. I would make chocolate mousse with the plain chocolate and serve with the stem ginger chocolate biscuits.

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  83. I would have a go at making my own chocolate and banana cheesecake using the ginger biscuits for the base, Yummy

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  84. Would love to try the Orange Blossom Honey on roasted parsnips x @pipersky1 :)

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  85. I'd dip the all butter parmesan and garlic twists into the garlic dipping oil- simple, yet sublime!

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  86. i would make bread for the garlic oil.

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  87. I would use the Extra Special Italian pesto alla Genovese to make a pasta with broccolli, chicken and onion and a little grated parmasan on top

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  88. i would make mini pavlovas with Extra Special mini meringues
    @lyndac1234

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  89. id use Extra Special plain chocolate to make chocolate covered strawberries

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  90. I'd make eton mess the extra special mini meringues! Lots of strawberries and whipped cream!

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  91. I would cook a stir fry chicken with special spiced plum and ginger marinade.

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  92. I would make chocolate tarts with strawberry conserve and drizzle with orange blossom honey.

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  93. I would make a Strawberry tart using the All Butter Pastry Cases and the Strawberry Conserve.

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  94. Apricot crumble with melted milk chocolate drizzled over It

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  95. mini meringues i used to make eton mess

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  96. Extra Special stem ginger chocolate biscuits would make a great base for an interesting cheesecake

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  97. I would make some pasta with the Extra Special Italian pesto alla Genovese

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  98. I'd make myself very ill (in a good way!) by eating it all far too quickly...

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  99. I lovely tomato and pasta dish followed by Meringue with jam and the popcorn and choc clusters yummy :)

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  100. I would make some Eton Mess with the mini meringues:)

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  101. hmmm a yummy salad

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  102. I would make rocky road with the plain chocolate, is a firm family favourite

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  103. i would use the ginger biscuits to make a cheese cake

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  104. I would make a lovely pasta main, and then fruit tarts for desert!

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  105. crushed meringues with some chocolate!

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  106. The ginger chocolate pots on the website - they look very yummy : )

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  107. I would throw together a cheesecake using the stem ginger chocolate biscuits in the base, mixing Spanish orange blossom honey into the cream for the main body and then grating and sprinkling plain chocolate and belgian milk chocolate and pecan popcorn clusters on top.

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  108. I'd use the 'All butter pastry cases' & slice some fresh strawberries into them, with a touch of the 'Strawberry conserve' & lashing of fresh cream on top :-) can you tell I'm dying for summer to arrive.

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  109. I would make chocolate coated strawberries

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  110. I have been on a diet for a month now so I would have a big cooking session and a big tuck in :)

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  111. I would make eton mess with the meringues and the strawberry conserve, yum yum

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  112. Mini chocolate truffle cakes

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  113. Honey roast chicken and eton mess for afters! :)

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  114. Honey roasted parsnips - my favourite.

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  115. I would drizzle the spanish orange honey into creamy yoghourt, add walnuts, crumple and mix in some merangues. freeze to make into yummy icecream.

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  116. Kerry-Ann Pope4 April 2012 at 22:41

    I would make a gorgeous cheesecake using the Extra Special stem ginger chocolate biscuits crushed up as a base, topped with fresh strawberries and the extra special strawberry conserve with extra special belgian milk chocolate and pecan popcorn clusters to decorate............delicious!

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  117. I'd make Fajitas stuffed full of cheese and ham with the delicious Artisan flat bread :)

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  118. i would make chocolate eton mess with the meringues and chocolate and ass cream

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  119. I would make a salad dressing with the garlic oil and Balsamic vinegar to accompany the pasta.

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  120. I'd make some lovely ciabatta and dip them in the garlic dipping oil x

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  121. I would have a bread board first with lovely garlic oil and vinegar and a salad and then follow it up with an eton mess using chocolate and meringues - yummy

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  122. I would make a lovely pasta dish with the pesto and pasta and serve it with a chilled glass of the Sauvignon Blanc

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  123. I would make our family favourite, Eton Mess, with the very tasty Extra Special mini meringues :)

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  124. I would make a delicious chocolate torte with the Asda Extra Special Dark Chocolate, oooooo yummmmmyyyyy!

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