We normally weekly-shop sporadically, buying enough for a few meals and then whatever takes our fancy. At the end of a busy week we have little time for thinking about meals too far in advance; the sofa calls us both. So we took advantage of a quiet Friday night and hit the (teeny) aisles with inspiration from their online Recipes and Ranges section, while Grandparents looked after toddler-daughter. I tweeted a few thoughts about mojitos, steak and cake and was pretty flexible about what other goodies went in the trolley, as long as they offered value for money.
Turned out Morrisons offered a lot of value (and I love the cute bags):
We bought enough Morrisons fresh produce and goodies for a luxurious long weekend (think brunches, posh dinners and a relaxing beverage) and a bit more, starting with gorgeous M Bistro Pizza Calabrese, babyleaf and rocket salad and Size15Stylist's special spicy spuds (recipe at the bottom of the post).
Mr S15S was very pleased with the 1.5 kg baking potatoes for 69p, the eggs and the thin cut sirloin steaks, at £3.22 each. The steak was beautiful and we'll definitely be returning to Morrisons at those cheaper prices.
The weekend's mojitos (my recipe at bottom of post), inspired by the Strawberry Mojito Morrisons recipe went down a storm (and finally gave us a use for the mint in the garden). The fresh limes (25p each) and strawberries (99p a punet) were excellent value (and future shopping list staples). The Morrisons white rum was a almost half the price (£9.99) of the leading rum brand (£17.99) so we definitely had room for cake ingredients.
However, MrS15S isn't a big fan of squashy lime-frosting, triple-layered cakes, and it wouldn't have been fair to eat my planned recipe of Pistachio and Lime cake all to myself: so I made lime cupcakes and cappucino cupcakes instead (around 43p each):
Oh, and we also had a plan B in case the mojito recipe didn't work out:
At £4 for a 70cl bottle it would have been rude not to.
We also picked up some stir fry beef, for the gingered steak and pepper recipe I mentioned in an earlier post, which I found online in the Morrisons Magazine. Ridiculously easy to put together (Fry ginger in a little oil, add steak for five minutes, then add peppers. Cook dried egg noodles, or treat yourself to some fresh produce) and only cost around £2.50 a portion; yes, including the steak..
With the money we saved we also had room for a few treats - a velcro catch set for MrS15S and Toddler-Daughter, which at only £2 is cheaper than some shops on the high street and better quality than some other shops.
And a little #MorrisonsMum treat of Elle magazine (free Benefit cosmetic, too!) and a lovely Nutmeg necklace. Oh and cute carrier for out-and-about (especially for Welsh trips!)
Would you'd like some recipes?
Mummy's Morrisons Mojito(I have a feeling Justanormalmummy would approve, although she may favour a Dirty Martini)
You will need:
- White rum
- Lots of crushed ice
- Sugar (1 tbsp)
- Mint (8-10 leaves per person)
- Lime (1 per person)
- few Strawberries, if you like
- Lemonade or Soda water
- A straw (for swirling/mixing drink and supping from)
- Blend ice until you have a Slush Puppy consistency (or until you can't wait for Mojito) - bash with a wooden spoon if you have no time for electricity
- Tip ice into glass, squeeze lime juice over ice and add few quarters of lime (tidy bits; style counts).
- Add sugar.
- Rip mint in half and put in glass, add 60ml (ish) of rum to glass, swirl with straw, taste and add lemonade if you like (or want to stand to make another Mojito)
- Add any remaining tidy lime slices and straw for supping.
Size15Stylist's Special Spicy Spuds
You will need:
- 1 spud per person; half a spud for little ones
- Selection of spices: Mixed herbs (for indecisive moments), Paprika, Cajun Spices, Salt, Pepper
- Little oil (think 1 tbsp, or a drizzle, as opposed to a cup: we're baking, not frying)
- Large flat surface to cook wedges on
- Oven. Although I've never tried the microwave.
- Heat the oil on the surface (I use the lid of a large casserole dish so spuds don't crowd each other) in oven at 220 degrees (ie, v hot)
- Wash and quarter the spuds
- Tip spuds onto the casserole lid, sprinkle spices to taste (make sure all spuds get coated and you haven't mixed cajun (hot) with paprika (colour)
- Put in the oven for 35-40 minutes, taking out to shift around once or twice (sticky spuds take aaaaages to remove from the casserole lid)
And how were your Bank Holiday shopping and eating experiences?