Icleand has announced the launch of two new luxury items to its festive food menu for 2020 and they’re perfect as the winter nights start to draw in.
The frozen foods supermarket chain really is “going the whole hog” this year when it comes to ready meals.
One of the standouts of the festive offering this year sees Iceland put a twist on everyone’s favourite Christmas classic with a brand new Luxury Pigs in Blanket Mac & Cheese. The delicious porky treat – which is retailing for £2.99 for a 400g portion – combines pigs in blankets with the supermarket’s award-winning Iceland Luxury Vintage Cheddar Mac ‘N’ Cheese for a “pigture perfect meal-for-one”.
The dish offers “classic festive flavours aplenty”.
It features savoury sausages wrapped in crispy smoked bacon and paired with Red Leicester cheese, parsley and crunchy breadcrumbs for the ultimate Christmas taste in a midweek meal, whether the tree is up or not.
If you’re after something a little different to feature on your festive table this year though, Iceland has also launched a hearty new Luxury Minted Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, which is available in stores and online now so shoppers up and down the country can prepare to get cosy on their sofas during cold wintery nights.
This will set you back just £2.49 for a 450g portion.
According to Iceland, this limited edition ready meal is “positively brimming with minced and sous-vide shredded lamb leg” making it “the most tender and luxurious meal-for-one this winter” and “a delicate combination of potatoes, carrots, swede and onion, smothered in a minted sauce and flavoured with parsley, rosemary and ground lovage” also makes it an absolute classic for all the family.
Iceland becomes one of the latest UK supermarket retailers to reveal its festive food offering this year ahead of the winter season, and these luxury feasts join other much-anticipated menus from ASDA, Aldi and more,
That’s not all though because Iceland is also currently offering its online shoppers the chance to purchase four of its luxury ready meals for just £10, and there’s plenty of meals included in the offer with one of the standouts being the highly-rated Luxury Chicken Makhani Masala (£2.69), which features seared tikka-marinated chicken breast pieces in a creamy tomato and butter sauce with a hint of honey.
If you are planning to head to your nearest Iceland to indulge in some of these festivities, then you are advised to always check the opening times of your local branch before making any trips in store.
BBC is looking for Mancs to take part in next series of Race Across the World
Are you a fan of travelling? Got yourself a bit of a competitive streak in your nature? This might just be your calling then.
The BBC is currently casting for the next series of Race Across the World.
The broadcaster has announced that the BAFTA-winning hit show is set to return to our TV screens for a third series later this year, and producers are now on the look-out for “intrepid duos” of all ages who reckon they’re ready to take a step into the unknown, and embark on an epic race across land and sea – and that includes Greater Manchester residents.
With applications for the next series of the massively-popular show now open, nomadic Mancs are being encouraged to take part.
On a limited budget and away from the luxuries of modern technology and conveniences, those lucky applicants selected to take part in the next series will get the chance to experience life in some of the world’s most beautiful and remote locations.
Navigating their way across thousands of miles, they’ll travel through spectacular scenery and dynamic cities, visit ancient wonders, learn local customs, and take part in time-honoured traditions.
But, as producers are keen to point out, “the physical journey is only half of the story”.
That’s because, as the contestants take on the challenge of travelling across the world, the greatest thing they’ll discover along the way could actually be about themselves and one another.
Putting out a UK-wide casting call on the BBC website this week, producers Studio Lambert wrote: “We are now accepting applications for the next series of Race Across the World. This experience is open to all, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or total novice.
“We want to hear what undertaking a trip like this would mean to you, and with a cash prize at stake, what lengths you would go to to win.
Applications for the massively-popular show are now open / Credit: BBC
“Maybe you’re looking to change something in your life? Or are keen to share the journey with someone special like a family member, best friend, or someone you’ve lost touch with. You may even have a very personal reason for wanting to travel at this time in your life or explore a particular part of the world.”
Fancy it then?
Applications for the third series of Race Across the World are now open for anyone over 18 years of age, with a deadline date of Friday 19 April 2024, and you can find out more information and apply via the BBC website.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents
A Greater Manchester care home is calling on locals to take their dogs down to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to help cheer up the residents.
After recent studies have shown that introducing dogs into care home settings can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction among the community, Abney Court Care Home in the Stockport town of Cheadle – which sits within the picturesque grounds of Abney Hall Park – has decided to host its very-own ‘Canine Café’ next week.
But in a bid to make sure there’s enough canine cuddles for all the residents, staff at the home are asking the public to bring their own four-legged friends down to the party.
Abney Court created the canine-themed event after being inspired by the positive impact previous animal visits have had on residents’ wellbeing in the past, and after hearing how much they missed the company of their own pets from their younger years.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents / Credit: Care UK (via Facebook)
Taking place next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm, Abney Court’s ‘Canine Café’ gives attendees the chance to enjoy loads of tasty puppy-themed treats and drinks, all while being in the company of furry friends.
Of course, all four-legged guests will be taken good care of too.
Not only will the pups be able to enjoy plenty of fuss from the home’s residents, but they’ll also get the opportunity to play with the other pooches, and be treated to their very-own ‘pup cake’ too.
There’ll also be lots of garden games and a raffle too, so everyone has a shot a winning a whole host of goodies to take home.
Inviting the Greater Manchester public down to the party next week, Amcia Hara, who is the Home Manager at Abney Court, said: “We are looking forward to inviting the local community to our Canine Café, as atudies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction.
“The human-animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, which is exactly why we feel our Canine Café is set to be a brilliant event.
“Whether you have your own dog or simply an animal lover, we’d encourage you to come along to our event.”