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Missing out on a holiday abroad this year? Or perhaps you’ve always planned to enjoy the best of the UK. Either way we’ve got all you need to enjoy the (rare) sunny days here at home. We’ve got a range of summery products to help you recreate all the sunshine vibes of a European escape, whether it’s an oversized paella beside the Med, or Italian favourites in a piazza. Stock up and chin up – after all, the best bit of a holiday is always the food.
Take a trip to… Spain
Nothing says out of office quite like sizzling Co-op Irresistible Chicken & King Prawn Paella with an ice-cold glass of Peñasol Sangría. The Spanish staples are a match made in foodie heaven, with the refreshing, citrusy taste of the drink cutting through the vibrant, spice-infused flavours of the ready meal. Plus, the recyclable base and sleeve make it a more sustainable choice than hopping on a plane! Otherwise, Co-op Irresistible Chorizo Ring is my pick, whether chopping and frying into a traybake or throwing into a simple salad with slices of nutty Manchego.
Take a trip to… Greece
You can almost hear the music drifting from an al fresco taverna with Co-op Irresistible Lamb Moussaka… British minced lamb is layered with slices of potato and roasted aubergine, then topped with a kefalotyri cheese sauce, Imokilly Regato cheese, paprika and sliced tomatoes for a ready meal that transports you to sunnier climes. Drinks in the garden? Then a go-to for me is a pack of Co-op Mixed Olives with Feta in a Herb Dressing to pair with a glass of something light and crisp. Friends and family can’t get enough of ’em!
Take a trip to… Italy
Imagine yourself browsing the menu on a cobbled Italian terrace… Co-op has all the classics covered! From Co-op Irresistible Beef Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta to Co-op Irresistible Lasagna Al Forno and Co-op Irresistible Margherita Pizza, there’s a ready-made favourite to satisfy any holiday craving. For assembly cooks, Co-op Carbonara Pasta Sauce makes throwing together a no-brainer pasta an absolute dream, made with cream, ham, mature Cheddar cheese, a hint of a nutmeg and a good grind of black pepper.
Take a trip to… France
Pictured yourself in Paris this summer? Or further afield in the French countryside? Fear not, as all your French faves are present and correct instore, whether it’s Co-op Irresistible Camembert to start – with an unrivalled depth of flavour and a thick, creamy consistency – or Co-op Ratatouille Provencale, featuring a signature blend of tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines and onions in an earthy tomato sauce. Team the latter with grilled pork chops – as we have in this recipe – just don’t forget to buy a Co-op Demi Baguette for mopping up all those juices!
Finally, remember to treat yourself to a refreshing cocktail or two – you’re on holiday, after all!