Aldi, Christmas in July

I’m a huge fan of Aldi; I just wish there was a branch nearer home. They’ve come on in leaps and bounds, and it’s difficult to beat them on quality and price. Some of their products even look like their closest rivals. Their Christmas showcase didn’t fail to disappoint.

Turkey is Christmas for many households and this year you can expect something special. They’re working with the Binder family from Suffolk who’ve been rearing turkeys on Rumburgh Farm for over 25 years. These birds are fed on a diet of locally grown cereals and are free to roam the woodland and pastures. They’ve also got up to 40-50% more breast meat than commercially reared birds, and that’s great news for fans of white meat.

Goose, a Five-Bird Roast, Duck and Poussin are also on the menu.

If you’re after something special they’ve got a haunch of venison, a specially selected Dry Aged large beef roasting joint and a Specially Selected Beef Rib, with all the trimmings, of course. Talking of which don’t expect the humble sprout. Button Brussels, Truffle Oil Cauliflower Cheese, Honey Roast Parsnips, Dauphinoise Potatoes with Truffle or Emmental and Goose Fat Maris Pipers will help fill the plates up. I counted about seven types of stuffing.

There are four ham joints and a gammon joints all glazed, ready to cook and perfect to serve cold over the Christmas period.

A rope hung Scottish Salmon is from H Forman and Sons. The process remains the same since the company began in 1905 with the freshest salmon, just the right amount of salt and smoke.  The smoked salmon side comes with a board and a knife. You’re the artisan carver and can choose how you want it sliced, whether it’s in thin slices or sashimi style. What a way to kick off Christmas morning or a present for the food lover in your life?

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Other seafood includes raw black tiger prawns, Specially Selected Lobster, smoked salmon in Mojito or Gin & Tonic.

There’s so much Party Food and Canapes on offer, and some of my favourites include an exquisite jewelled layered pie. Pork, chicken breast, pate and fruit is sprinkled with golden sparkle. Master pie makers in Nottingham are responsible for this centrepiece and have been perfecting their art for over 80 years. Nocellara olives, duck rillettes, platters of Parma ham and antipasti feature alongside desserts of Churros with chocolate and caramel, mini ice cream chocolates and mini brownies.

The cheese selection was incredible, and the price points hard to believe. Specially Selected Goats’ Cheese Bombes, Specially Selected Brie with Truffle, regional Blues include Cornish, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Buxton.

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When was the last time you saw a croquembouche in a high street supermarket?  I know, right? And this choux pastry, cream filled tower is sure to delight any Christmas Scrooge.

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The Exquisite Yule Log is a pretty good backup.  Surrounding here by Specially Selected Dessert Shots.

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They’ve not forgotten the must-have family cake either.

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Nougat bars, florentines, nuts, Stollen and Moser Roth Fudge and chocolate are all there to satisfy the sweetest tooth.

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For the fizz, wines and spirit lover there’s some great Brut Champagne and Prosecco to get the party started. Move on to Vodka, Whisky, Gin or Brandy.  Become a mixologist for the day with their kit for Rum, everything you need to make four different cocktails.

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Great gifts or for feathering your own nest their range of copper pans and Scandi baking pans will take some beating and the premium stand mixer is really special.

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Their award-winning Lacura Face Care range introduces some new products for the over 35s. Made from the grapes used in French Champagne the Cuvee Royal range includes two mousses and serum. The men can take care of their skin too, and the Gentleman Kit is a great gift.

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Baubles for Barnardo’s is a partnership aimed to raise vital funds for young people this Christmas.  Baubles can be bought and decorated at home with the family and all the money raised goes to the charity.

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The Plants and Flower Buyer’s been busy at work too.  Beautiful bouquets in red and white are sure to finish your festive interior to perfection.

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