The other week Mr W and I were invited down to Co-op HQ in Manchester for the Co-op Christmas Showcase, I thought I would share with you the foodie highlights of our evening!
Greeted by glasses of cold Co-op prosecco, which is ALWAYS very nice, we were left to chat with other bloggers, catching up with familiar faces and meeting new ones. Like I always say I LOVE the Manchester blogging crowd, everyone is so friendly and it’s always good to have a gossip as we don’t always go to the same events! Eventually we were ushered to our seats for a very special Co-op Christmas Food preview.
First up to try from the Co-op Christmas food range was the party platter containing the Truly Irresistible Dim Sum Selection and other nibbles. On this plate the stand out for us was the Loved By Us Mini Sticky Sausages with Honey & Mustard Glaze & Popping Crackling and the Loved By Us Pinwheel Sausage Rolls. I’d definitely recommend these for your Christmas Eve and Boxing Day buffets or New Years Eve parties!
I tried not to fill up too much as I knew the big players events were up next. We were given a bit of a break, some time to top up our fizz and then we were served starters. First up we had mini pots of Truly Irresistible Prawns with a Prosecco Sauce accompanied with the Truly Irresistible Trio of Pate (and bread of course). The prawns were lovely and plump, but I wasn’t much of a fan of the sauce sadly. However, the pate, particularly the cranberry topped one was delicious. Mr W and I fought over it in the end… Haha!
We then had the main event a Loved by us Turkey Breast Joint, Truly Irresistible Whole Side of Salmon with Orange & Cranberries, Loved by us Winter Roasting Veg, Truly Irresistible Fruit & Cointreau Stuffing Parcels, Loved by Us Chipolata Wrapped in Bacon, Loved by Us Goose Fat Roast Potato and Loved by Us Carrot & Swede Crush. The turkey breast joint was lovely and succulent, not what I was expecting- I actively avoid turkey as I assume it will be dry as a bone. The sides worked perfectly and who doesn’t love a pig in blanket. If you aren’t up to cooking your own Christmas dinner then all of these would be perfect for your day!
We then finished up with desserts, which were wonderful. The Truly Irresistible Sicilian Lemon and Passionfruit Mousse was delicious and perfect for me the non-chocolate dessert eater! Whilst Mr W jumped for the Truly Irresistible Millionaires Dessert, which disappeared quicker than anything else we’d been served last night, I think he enjoyed it a bit…!
If you’ve got a Christmas/Boxmas/New Years party coming up I definitely suggest looking to the underdog Co-op for your catering. Not many people jump to the Co-op, but they have some gems in their Christmas Food range that are really worth trying. Also the Co-op Malbec is definitely very much worth a try, a big hit for both Mr W and I!
Have you tried Co-op Christmas food? What are you looking forward to most about your Christmas party this year? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. * I was invited to this event, as ever all opinions are my own.