The food experts at Marks & Spencer have travelled throughout Central and South America, as well as to the Southern States, visiting street food stalls, scouring restaurants and pop ups to find the latest food trends and dishes, creating the most exciting Marks & Spencer summer offering yet.
Bursting with innovation, Spirit of Summer is full of exotic and powerful flavours to take you on an exotic trip to warmer climes. Tangy explosions of tropical fruits like Lime, Pineapple, Mango and Guava appear in everything from Salmon Skewers with Lime, Chilli and Mint to Cucumber & Lemon Agua Fresca.
The team’s trip to the southern states of America has inspired the finest selection of mouth-watering meats, sizzling sausages, chargrilled chicken and juicy burgers for an authentic grilling experience. Fire up the BBQ and pack a strong flavoursome punch with the Louisiana and Creole Chicken Spatchies, chicken breasts and drumsticks that have been marinated and butchered to lay flat for easy grilling. For a vegetarian veggies coming to your BBQ, the Chilloumi Cheese Kebabs, will interest even the meat eaters.
Salads have been given a colourful carnival makeover this summer. For a taste of the tropics the Rainforest Supergrain & Avocado Salad is sure to delight. Colourful and flavoursome salads, include the Chipotle New Potato Salad with coriander and spring onion and Chimichurri Rice & Feta Salad with a tangy lemon dressing. No summer spread would be complete without coleslaw and the Carnival Slaw brings a twist on the classic with crunchy peppers and butternut squash.
Impress guests and embrace the Olympic spirit this year, by serving the Summer Sour, a virgin version of the South American cocktail Pisco Sour or refresh the palette with the Costa Rican Pineapple & Coconut Water Sparkling Pressé or Brazilian Orange & Alphonso Mango Sparkling Pressé.
Picnic perfect snacks include the Cajun Spiced Plantain Chips, tasty Monterrey Jack Refried Bean Corn Chips or Carnival Mix. The trend for popcorn looks set to stay and this summer sees two new mocktail varieties coated in creamy flavoured toffee – Mojito and Pina Colada.
Latin American favourite Dulce de Leche features throughout this year’s desserts including the moreish Dulce De Leche Tea Cakes. Tantalise the tastbuds with the Carnival Cupkcakes and flavoursome Summer Macaroons consisting of Dark Chocolate, Dulce de Leche, Coconut, Passion Fruit, Lime and Lemon. Relax the senses with the Summer Tartlet Selection, a decadent Southern treat of Mississippi Mud Pie, Coconut & Lime and Dulce de Leche & Pecan Tartlets.
A good kick of chilli is integral to American cuisine and spice fans won’t be disappointed with what’s on offer with varieties such as Malagueta, Amarillo, Chipotle and Rocotto appearing in snacks, dishes and drinks. Feel the heat with the Spicy Cajun Mayonnaise, BBQ Guava Ketchup bursting with rich and juicy flavours and the fiery Brazilian Malagueta Chilli Hot Sauce for an extra kick!
The Spirit of Summer range has been designed with sharing in mind, so whether you are planning a leisurely summer barbecue with friends or a picnic in the park, there is something for everyone to enjoy. #mandssummer16