I’ve been blogging for quite a few years now, but I must confess I’ve never been to a Christmas in July event in the past.
So I was extremely excited when Iceland invited me to their Christmas in July event, to celebrate the #PowerofFrozen and its benefits, especially on such special occasions such as the Christmas holidays.For the occasion, Iceland once again put together a real feast, showcasing all its new Christmas food range (more than 200 delicious products!), with a particular eye on their award-winning luxury range, which includes my favorite lobster tails, and their acclaimed luxury mince pies.Some other incredible products that caught my eye included the luxury smoked salmon, flavoured with beetroot and orange, and the Picanha Rump Joint with cracked black pepper butter.The star of the table was undoubtedly the Gilded Whole Turkey, which brings back a 15th-century cooking tradition. Baked in the oven with a muslin and butter cloth, to prevent the skin from burning, the turkey is then brushed with a hony&mustard dressing, which gives the deep golden “gilded” finish. This gilded turkey is guaranteed to steal the show at your Christmas celebrations!The best part of the event was definitely the tasting session with Neil Nugent, Head Chef at Iceland.
I really enjoyed the salmon terrine served with dill oil and lemon mayo, which comes already frozen and ready to serve. Another favorite dish was the lobster tail & sea salt baked sea bass duo served with a parsley crème fraîche cream.It was truly mesmerizing watching the chef prepare so many beautiful dishes in front of us. You could never guess all these wonderful restaurant-style courses were created entirely by using frozen food.
There is still a small percentage of the population believing that frozen food is not good for you and I couldn’t disagree more. As well as appealing to foodies’ taste buds, high-quality frozen food may also help families reduce food waste (can you believe we waste £700 worth of food every year?), as unlike fresh food it does not go off within days.Some of the products are already available, but most of the Christmas range will be available at Iceland stores around November. I definitely recommend stocking up as many of the above delights as you can, I’m pretty sure they will make holiday meal planning a lot more easier and relaxed.
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