“I’m a man of simple tastes. I’m always satisfied with the best.” – Oscar Wilde

The great wit would have approved of Aldi using Kettners restaurant in Soho, one of his favourite haunts, to showcase their upcoming Christmas products

I am already an Aldi convert, buying a range of things from the Aldo Zilli recommended Puglian olive oil to the very quaffable, award winning Toro Loco, Spanish wine made from the Tempranillo grape. So I couldn’t resist a recent invitation to go and see what goodies they have lined up for Christmas this year.

I started by looking at the culinary lead-up to the big day. There is a whole range of party food on offer from Spanish Tapas to Dim Sum style delicacies. My particular favourite was the Thai fishcakes.

For Christmas Day itself you can treat yourself to lobster tails and scallops in garlic butter, smoked salmon with a trio of flavours and prawn cocktail. The main course can be either a traditional turkey or a more adventurous five bird boneless roast.

Finish the meal off with a luxury hand made Christmas Pud and mince pies and if you have got any room left then there is a selection of British and Continental cheeses and speciality biscuits.

And to make the celebrations go with a swing there are award winning wines, beers and spirits for all the parties and meals. Champagne and sherry for Nan at the pre-partial drinks, Sauvignon Blancs for the starters, robust reds for the mains, sweet wines for the pud and port for the cheese.

For the pre-Christmas parties there are beers, cider, whisky and a medal winning gin.

To prepare the house there are themed decorations and if you have got guests staying over you can make them feel even more comfortable with luxury Egyptian cotton sheets and towels. Add to this a range of gifts and and flowers and your Christmas is complete.

Like Oscar Wilde I am a man of simple tastes but also simple prices and this is where as host, the Aldi products become your Christmas present. The inexorable rise of the budget retailer is due to the fact that all the prices are very reasonable without any sacrifice of quality. In fact there are many examples of the products being declared best of breed.

These products will start to appear in Aldi branches nationwide from October. If all this has made your mouth water and you can’t wait until Christmas then there are other goodies in the shops during the summer.

Look out for the Spanish range, offering things like like Hot Chocolate, Calamari, Crespo Stuffed Olives with Pimento Anchovies, Viva Espana Chorizo Snack Sticks, Viva Espana Paella Rice and Peri Peri Sauce. There is a Classic Recipe Books for £2.49 to show you how to use the ingredients and even a Paella Pan for £6.99 in which to to cook them.

So if you want to go ‘Wilde’ this Summer and Christmas, go to Aldi

For more information and news of special offers go to www.aldi.co.uk

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