Thursday, 8 May 2014

May Bank Holiday with Morrisons - #MorrisonsMum

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Out of all the supermarkets, Morrisons has always been a favourite of mine. It's comfortable shopping in there (lighting, space, layout, etc), and they sell good quality fresh produce (especially meat and fish) that are cheaper than other similar range supermarkets too.

When all the other supermarkets started different marketing tactics several years back, we felt that Morrisons was missing out. They would have done really well and we would have loved to see them expand too. So when they've refurbished their major stores back in 2012 (that's when we discovered it anyway), we were really happy for them, and we were certainly very impressed with what they've done with their vegetables section. Not only were they displayed well, Morrisons have stocked a lot of special produce as well that you can only get from upmarket shops. It certainly felt like shopping in a large farm shop!

The only thing was that the general prices has gone up a bit as well, and since our local supermarket is only 5 minutes away from us, we have only been visiting when we needed quality fish and meat.

Recently we've been invited to visit our nearest Morrisons through BritMums bloggers network to do our bank holiday's shopping, as they've dropped over 1200 product prices permanently, and they wanted to know what we think. It was certainly good news for us if they are more affordable, so we've armed ourselves with the vouchers they've provided us for the shopping and shopping bags, to shop for our bank holiday barbecue!

As we shopped on a Friday night, we decided to have dinner at their cafe, which is something I'd like to recommend. Not only do kids eat free on a weekday (after 4pm, includes a children main, fruit juice box and a packet of fruits), our adult meals are £9 for 2 that comes with a drink as well. I know people say that a home cooked dinner for 4 should cost around £5, but for the extra £4 it saved me from using gas, electricity and time to prepare and cook on a shopping night, I think it's really worth it especially if you do eat out.

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During our shopping, we saw a lot of the "I'm Cheaper" stickers around the store, but apart from the packet of salad (cheaper than ASDA!) and buns, we didn't pick up anything else from the price cut selection. Quite a lot of the branded items we use were under the price cut as well though, we just didn't need them for this shopping. We are also glad to find that they didn't compromise their price cut by increasing the price for other products, and our favourite deal - 3 for £10 meat is still on! Again, quality meat as usual!

At the end, we spent £72.82, which includes £17.21 (birthday presents, etc) of non-food items irrelevant for our Bank Holiday Barbecue. Overall we've spent £35.29 on food and drinks for the barbecue, though we didn't use or eat everything of course! Hubby thought that the price was quite alright!

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Left: Soya Sauce Chicken Wings
Right: Nigella Lawson's Garlic and Herb Lamb Chops and Char Siu
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Raita. Don't ever go for 0% fat yogurt for this, it's just not creamy enough
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Left: Vegetables Skewers   Right: Fruit basket
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Homemade Blueberries Yogurt Ice-cream
I have to explain why we prepped so much food before you think that we are giant eaters! Me and my family have a habit of barbecuing a lot of meat either for them to last for a few meals or to give them to our guests to take home. We don't always bring out the barbie (once or twice on average a year) and we will always make the most of it when we do.

This time, we have the following on the list:

Soya Sauce Chicken Wings (Recipe to follow)
Garlic and Herb Lamb Chops
Char Siu (Chinese Roast Pork)
Morrisons Minty Lamb Ribs

as well as

Vegetable Skewers
Fruit Basket (Fun!!)
Morrisons Coleslaw
Potato Salad
Homemade Blueberry Yogurt Ice-cream

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#MorrisonsMum, Morrisons price cut, Morrisons I'm Cheaper products

We are really really pleased that the barbecue was a great success! Even though it was very cloudy and fairly chilly towards the end, it was the first time we didn't burn our food (I'm so proud of hubby!), and we've also added enough marination to the meat to make everything really tasty!

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As you can see, there were plenty of left overs and there are still plenty in the fridge! We are going to enjoy the rest of the left overs tonight, which will make a really yummy meal with boiled or fried rice.

What I liked about this Morrisons' shopping is that all the fresh food we bought were really fresh, meat is juicy and tender, and all the fruits we used, including the still fairly raw melon were all sweet!

Now for the yummy Soya Sauce Chicken Wings recipe. It is a must for all our barbecues, and it's very versatile as you can add other flavours in the sauce to make it different. The most important ingredient however, is a good layer of honey glaze when it's almost done cooking. Yummmm!!

Barbecue Soya Sauce Chicken Wings
(Please note that everything is approximate as I just poured the ingredients together without measuring. It's a very forgiving recipe as long as you put enough marination in)

Cost per serving - approx. 75p per person (based on 4 person)
12 Chicken Wings, cleaned and pat dried (you can use chicken thighs or legs too)

Marination base:
2-4Tbsp Dark Soya Sauce
2Tbsp Light Soya Sauce (I used Maggi Seasoning)
1-2tsp Sugar
1tsp Salt
2tsp good Sesame Oil

Here on you can add one or two of the following:

1tsp ground White Pepper
2-3 cloves of Garlic, crushed
1/2 large Onion, finely diced
dash of Xao Shing Wine
dollop of Oyster Sauce
1/2tsp Chinese 5 Spice (although I'm not keen in this and wouldn't really use it myself)

2Tbsp finely chopped Spring Onion (after the honey glaze)
good sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds (when it's ready to be served)

Honey (for glazing)

- Marinate the chicken wings in the sauce and mix well. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight (recommended), or for at least a couple of hours.
- You can skewer the wings to stretch them open, or just place them on the barbie as it is. When they are almost done, glaze them generously with honey, and cook them for a few minutes further.

I really hope that there will be more barbecue weekends to come!