Bank Holiday Feast with #MorrisonsMum

by Hannah
Bank Holiday Feast with #MorrisonsMum

I was pleased that we were involved with the #MorrisonsMum campaign over the bank holiday weekend. Not only did we have a longer weekend to look forward to but I love the excuse to get some more food in and cook some tasty meals for us all to enjoy. Morrisons provided vouchers for lots of blogging Mums to try out their supermarkets and this is what they had to say…

This is the start of a new cheaper Morrisons.

From today, we’ve cut the prices on over a thousand of your favourite products. Not temporary reductions or supermarket smoke and mirrors, these are new every day low prices on the things you buy every week. So you’ll notice the difference with every shop.

And although we’re cutting prices, we’re not cutting corners. You can check our pricing at www.Morrisons.com/pricecuts.

You’ll still get award-winning meat and fish, still get trained butchers and bakers, still get the best of fresh on Market Street and still get friendly Morrisons service.

Look out for the yellow markers when you shop in store and online at morrisons.com. If it says I’m cheaper you know it’s staying cheaper.

I’ll admit, I haven’t shopped in Morrisons for some years, despite having one that is fairly local. The other local supermarkets are more convenient for various reasons, for access to the town centre and ease of parking. I’d originally planned to do my shop on the Friday, to avoid the weekend craziness but in the end I decided to pop in on the Saturday morning, while my husband waited in the car with the boys. This seemed preferable to shopping with my 2 year old the previous day! Just. I don’t do Saturday shopping if I can help it…

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I arrived and immediately realised my blunder. I hadn’t thought to take a pound for the shopping trolley. After much stressing and a quick call to my husband, who suggested I go in with a basket and make several trips! I eventually went in with a basket, loaded it up until I couldn’t manage carrying it anymore and went to pay for that, resulting in some change for the trolley for round two.

On initially entering the supermarket I was immediately impressed with their fresh produce section. I don’t think I have seen so many luscious and plentiful greens and other vegetables within a supermarket. They definitely look like you would expect from a market and I can see myself returning here for this reason alone. The best before dates weren’t the best, with a lot of the items going out of the date the next day but I guess that’s an indication of very fresh produce, that is of good quality and needs to be eaten as soon as possible.

I found plenty of great deals around the supermarket, although sadly was disappointed with the butchers selection, as I was hoping to get some steaks that I had noticed other #MorrisonsMums had bought but couldn’t find any that were similar to what I had seen. The joint of beef did make up for that though.

All of the savings to be made were clearly marked and there were a lot of marked down prices, even better that they claim some will remain at that fixed price. Some were half the price of their competitors.

Getting value for money is so important when trying to get meals to go further for your family. I do have my preferred supermarket and I am always influenced by the shopping experience as a whole. If I’m not comfortable in a shop, then I won’t buy a big shop there. I do pop into some other supermarkets to buy products such as nappies that I haven’t found a price match elsewhere but I generally stay faithful. I have to say though that I was pleasantly surprised with the shopping experience at my local Morrisons. Next time I’ll just have to ensure I have change on me for once.

Fresh produce

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We enjoyed three planned meals throughout the weekend, with yummy bacon baguettes and ice creams to keep us going in between. I’ve included two of the recipes shown but didn’t include the roast or the chocolate cake (the cake ingredients weren’t bought with the Morrisons shop either). The beef joint however, was great value at £10.39. It fed our family of four (two adults and two small people) and there was plenty of meat left. I would say it would have comfortably fed six adults.

risotto

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 sprigs of spring onions
  • 1 pack of chorizo
  • 15g butter/margarine
  • 200g risotto/arborio rice
  • Half a glass of white wine (optional)
  • 500ml hot chicken stock
  • 50g frozen garden/petit poi peas
  • 50g parmesan

Heat the oven to 200C/fan 178C/gas 6. Fry the chorizo in an ovenproof pan/dish and cook until browned. Stir in the onion and butter and cook until soft. Tip in the rice and mix until coated. Add the wine (if using) and cook until absorbed. Then add the hot stock and give the rice a quick stir. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and bake for 20 mins until just cooked. Stir through most of the Parmesan and serve sprinkled with the remainder. I add the peas and spring onions a few minutes before the dish is ready.

Served with rocket leaves with balsamic glaze (already in cupboard) and garlic bread slices.

Cost per serving:  Approx £2.02 .

Roast Beef

tart

  • 1 shortcrust ready rolled pastry
  • Beaten egg to glaze
  • Fresh bunch of coriander
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil/sunflower oil
  • 200g diced chicken breast
  • sprinkling of grated mozzarella
  • 3 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1 lemon juiced and rind grated
  • black pepper

Heat the oil and gently brown the chickenUnroll the shortcrust sheet and place on a lined baking sheet. Scatter the chicken evenly, leaving a border around the edges. Top the chicken with the red pepper, onion and black pepper. Roll the edges around to create a crust. Brush the border with beaten egg and pinch the pastry to form a rim. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry is golden and the chicken cooked.

Combine the yogurt with the lemon juice and season with black pepper. When the tart is cooked, spoon the yogurt mixture over immediately and scatter over lemon rind.

Served with rocket leaves and coleslaw/potato salad.

Cost per serving: Approx. £2.35.

Nb. I was provided with vouchers to spend in my local store, in order to write about my experience and the savings to be found.

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