It Starts with Asda


If I told you it takes about 5 minutes to prepare (from scratch) the best pesto you’ll ever have, would you believe me?  I too was skeptical, until I was put to the test.  And what if I told you that recipes like mango salsa, creamy hollandaise and guacamole were just as simplistic but tasted incredible?  Yep.  I’m not joking.  And don’t get me started on the duck dumplings – I’m already salivating at the thought.  Those are just side dishes that accompany the mains.

Sounds impressive right?  Now picture this:

– Salmon Tacos with a Sweet Mango Salsa and Guacamole
– Parma Ham wrapped Asparagus Spears with Hollandaise Sauce
– Tomato, Spinach and Goats Cheese Tart with Rocket Pesto
– Chorizo, Chicken and Jersey Royals Tray Bake
– Extra Special Sticky Sesame Honey Duck with Green Beans and Hoisin Duck Dumplings


Just like my previous experience, we learnt some life changing cooking hacks – my new favourite being that if you don’t want soggy pastry turn tomatoes seed side up so that the juice evaporates.  Additionally, you can turn tacos crispy by shallow frying them – serve them up with left over guac and it makes the perfect appetiser (although, they’re so damn good, I’m not sure they’d even make the kitchen table).  If you don’t want to burn an asparagus tip when on the BBQ, then wrap it in tinfoil. And if you want to make all asparagus the same width, you just need to shave them down at the stem with a peeler.

After the cooking demonstration, we were all partnered up and I was with the lovely Lucie (Lucieasndthebump).  We had such fun re-creating all the recipes and were quite proud with the results.  The easiest dish to make was the Chorizo, Chicken and Jersey Royal Tray Bake – it was as simple as putting everything into a baking tray and popping it into the oven.  The most time consuming was the tart, taking about 20 mins to prep and my favourite was the Duck (closely followed by the Salmon Tacos).