Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Kids in the Kitchen - The Ultimate Choco Leibniz Cupcakes

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. I really thought that no-one was going to link up last week but then I was surprised with some last minute entries, so thank you so much for joining in.

We are taking part in the Bahlsen Bake Off and that means we have to cook something from their cookbook with Bahlsen Biscuits as an ingredient. The recipes are absolutely mouthwatering and we have already made two and I'm pretty hopeful I'll be working my way through both books. So this weeks Kids in the Kitchen recipe is one from Bahlsen, not the one we are entering into the bake off challenge so I can share it with you here.

First though let me say thank you to those that linked up (finally) last week.
The kids from The Brick Castle made these lovely colourful Rainbow Swirl Cookies
Bud and Little Miss from Red Rose Mummy made delicious Cheese and Paprika Straws
Ben and Elizabeth from My Mummy's Pennys used home grown peppers for their yummy Easy Pizza
We also had some amazingly Easy Pizza Bread from the boys from In The Playroom

The Ultimate Choco Leibniz Cupcakes

Before I begin I just wanted to tell you what I've learned about my children this week, they can cook! Now, I admit, I'm a bit of a control freak, I always butt in and often take over. However, filming them has put a different perspective on things. It's not so easy to take over when you are in control of the camera, you have to let them get on with it. Not only that but I don't like the sound of my own voice on videos so I've been keeping as quiet as I can too, no barking orders or being a bossy mum. 
We have made cupcakes many times so I knew this wouldn't be difficult for them. What I didn't realise is how much they could do by themselves with so little input from me. They read the recipe, weighed the ingredients and mixed them. They cracked their own eggs and managed to do it without getting shells in the mix. Over all they were amazing and these cakes they really did all by themselves. Well, apart from taking out of the oven and putting them to cool. 

2 Choco Leibniz dark biscuits
40g unsalted butter, softened
140g caster sugar
100g self-raising flour
40g cocoa powder
pinch of salt
2 eggs
120ml milk

for the frosting

140g unsalted butter, softened
280g icing sugar, sifted
1-2 tbs milk
2 choco Leibniz dark biscuits


I preheated the oven to 170C/gas mark 3 and then processed the first two Choco Leibniz biscuits in a food processor until they resembled fine crumbs. This was my main input apart from putting in and taking out of the oven.

They all helped to put the cake cases on the tray. Then they measured the butter, sugar, flour and cocoa powder and put them in a big bowl. then they added the salt eggs and milk and mixed them all together. Finally they added the crushed biscuits and mixed again.

They put spoonfuls of the mixture into the cases.

I put the tray in the oven and we waited for them to cook. Then after 20 minutes I took them out and we left them to cool.

Then it was time to make the topping. They measured the butter into a bowl and seived in the icing sugar before adding the milk. They poured the mixture into a piping bag which I had prepared for them. Then they took it in turns to ice their chosen cakes.

The final two biscuits were broken into shards and used to decorate the cakes.

The end result was not so perfect looking cakes (although they were not too bad either!) But they tasted really nice. I am sorely tempted to make them again myself.

I don't have many photos because I was making a video of them. Sadly the video was not good because 1. my phone kept playing up and cutting off after about 10 seconds and 2. I commited the worst ever crime in photo filming and forgot to hold the phone horizontally!!

If you would like to see the actual recipe for Choco Leibniz Cupcakes you can find it on the Bahlsen Website along with some of the other yummy recipes.

Now it's your turn, please come and share your recipes that you have made with your kids help and link up to my linky. 

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

10 Tips for Throwing a Great Party for Kids

I have 25 years experience of kids parties, I think I may have learnt what works and what doesn't during that time. I've tried all sorts, from small parties in my living room, garden parties, parties in a hired venue with entertainers and parties in kids play areas. I have to say though, I love them, and I'm willing to put everything into them and believe me, they can be very hard work.
So my first tip has to be has to be....

1. Decide How Much Work You are Willing to Do.

Are you willing to spend hours making the food, organising party games and cleaning up afterwards? If not then maybe you should consider holding your party in a hired venue with caterers and entertainers, in a kids play area or in a restaurant. This means that all the work is done by others and you can sit back and enjoy the party. 

2. Do You Need a Theme?

If you are doing the party yourself, or hiring a venue but are still in charge of the decorations and table wear, then you need to decide on a theme. Now, you may think you don't need a theme and this is fine, but you will probably find your kids are begging you for a Disney Princess or a Micky Mouse party. One of the most simplest but effective themes I've seen is a Neon Disco, everything is just brightly coloured and the kids can come in their favourite neon clothing or disco outfits. 

3. Who is Doing the Catering?

You can hire someone to do the catering for your party but it's cheaper to do it yourself. It really doesn't need to be complicated, we are talking kids here. even if you don't want to make sandwhiches you can just stick a few pizza's in the oven along with some chicken nuggets and party sized sausage rolls and that's the savoury sorted. For dessert you can make jelly or trifle and if you are not confident in making cakes then just buy some cheap cupcakes and a few chocolate fingers or party rings. I like to add a few grapes or strawberries to the table to add a healthy touch. Do be prepared though, getting the food ready can be really time consuming, especially if you are doing it all yourself...you could always ask for help from friends and family. 

4. Displaying the Food

It's always nice to have a nice table covered with party food, with a pretty table cloth and some themed decorations. However, it's not always necessary, especially when you don't have room. When I had a small house I used to find that picnic boxes, which can be purchased from Party Stores, are great. You just pre-fill them with some food before the kids arrive and then hand them out. They are great for garden parties so the kids can take them outside and picnic. 

5. Party Games

This is where party entertainers are a godsend! Entertaining kids can be a pain, but there are few things that can help. First of all remember that you can't have any losers! If you do you will most likely have tantrums and tears, depending on the ages of the party goers. The answer is simple, when you have a game make sure all players get a little prize, even if it's a sweet. When a child is 'out' then call them a winner and give them a prize then tell them to sit out of the game so you can pick the other winners. I always play along with them so I can be the first 'winner' because no child wants to be the first out of the game.  A good tip I learnt more recently is to  give each child an empty party bag at the beginning of the party and let them collect their prizes in it to take home at the end...you can always pop a slice of cake in before they leave if you wish. If you don't know what games to play, then take a look on Pinterest, it's always a great source for any kind of party. 

6. Invitations

If there is one thing I have learnt about kids parties, particularly school age kids, you never know how many are going to turn up for sure. I have experienced even more problems because all three of my littlies have birthdays in the summer holidays. I do my best to get phone numbers of parents of the children invited and give them a call a few days before the party and remind them. I always cater for the number of children invited even though generally only half of them will turn up. When my older children were younger they had much bigger numbers at their parties because their birthdays are term time.

As for the invitations, you can get them to match the theme of your party if you wish. I've not always done this. You should include the date of the party, the time it starts and finishes and any special instructions like fancy dress. I also put on my mobile number.

Think about how many children you want at the party. If you invite the whole class and they all turn up you will end up with 30 children. If you are using a hired venue then you may be restricted on numbers because you will be paying for each child. However, if you are hiring a hall then you may want to fill it as much as possible so the more the merrier. Get your child to decide who they want to come and then use your judgement based on how many you can cater for.

7. Activities

As well as games you may wish to provide some activities for the children. I generally start a party by having the children make something. For example, at my daughter's My Little Pony Party we coloured in cut out ponies and stuck wool on them for tails and manes. Other favourites include making bracelets, planting seeds in little pots, or decorating biscuits...which they can eat later. I had a princess party for my other daughter and we made crowns and tiara's which the children then wore for the duration of the party.

My Little Pony Activities

Princess Tiaras

8. Let Them Play

You need to decide how much structure you will have to your child's party. If you plan every minute you risk wearing the children out and they will become un co-operative. I had a party in a box for my daughter and it involved followed a very detailed set of instructions for games and activities. It was lots of fun, but once I noticed the children losing interest I sent them outside to run around the garden and play. After about 15 minutes they were ready for more games and puzzles.

9. Squabbles

Depending on the age of the children and whether or not their parents have stayed at the party with them, you may find yourself dealing with some squabbles between the children. If you notice two children not getting on with each other you could try splitting them up into different activities. It's a difficult situation if a child is being naughty, but you have to remember that it's not your responsibility to discipline them. I find it's a good idea to keep a phone number of all the parents so you can give them a quick call if the child is being particularly disruptive, or has become upset or hurt. Useful too if a child starts to feel poorly.

10. Hometime

Make sure the parents know what time to pick up their child. Have their party bags ready, they are always less upset about leaving when they have a handful of goodies to take with them.
I always find I'm cleaning up for a good while after a party so I make sure I have a little treat for myself at the end of the day, I will deserve it.

I now have three small children with their birthdays all within a month of each other! Parties are even more hard work so now I've started thinking of alternatives. I do love parties though, so one of them at least will get a party and this year it's going to be Boo who wants a Frozen Birthday party, that should be fun in July!!

Finally, I'd like to end with this little video of a box a goodies I was gifted to help with my daughter's birthday party. It contains sweets and toys for the party bags, party bags, balloons, a banner, a poster, a pin the tail on the donkey game and a lovely yellow t-shirt from Vertbaudet.

I'll leave you with some of my birthday cakes.

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Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this post, I did want to share my party tips with you. I was however, gifted the box of party goodies from Vertbaudet. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own...as are the cakes!

Saturday, 24 May 2014


Last weekend my friend tied the knot with her partner and what a beautiful day it was.

The wedding itself was held at the Registry Office and the reception was at a local venue called Rowheath Pavillion. I have visited here before a couple of times and it really is a lovely place. The first time we came was to find a geocache by the lake.

The weather was gloriously sunny, I bet there were a few sunburnt guests at the end of the day!

My friend asked me to make the wedding cake which was a real honour, although it sent me into a fit of panic in the days leading up to the wedding and I was so nervous on the day. Of course once I'd arrived at the venue and put the cake together I was able to relax and enjoy the day. Especially after I'd received a few comments and made a very emotional Mother of the Bride cry. (I do believe the tears meant she liked it, well I hope so!)

My friend made her own wedding dress and she looked beautiful. After the vows we went into the courtyard for a while before being whisked off by coach to the reception venue.

When we arrived at Rowheath Pavillion we took advantage of the sunshine and had some fun in the grounds.

Well, the rest of my family were running around having fun, I was nursing a sore hip after falling off the coach! And this was before the alchohol was flowing. It wasn't a bad fall, just a slip really but I managed to strain my hip because I have loose joints. It was ok by the evening and I even managed some dancing (although I do believe the alcohol and being able to remove my heels helped.)

The littlies had fun on the wonderful playground they have there. We even found a wriggly caterpiller on one of the climbing frames and OH carefully put it on a leafy bush. 

The reception meal was vegetarian which I loved, especially the Homity Pie. The room looked lovely with all the decorations and flowers. Then the bride and groom cut the cake, which was an amazing moment for me.

Then we danced the night away.

It really was a lovely day and we all had so much fun. The Little Man keeps asking when we are going to Wedding again! 

I'm so happy for my lovely friend and her new husband and hope they have a wonderful future together. Which I'm sure they will because they are made for each other.

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And I'm linking up with Country Kids because we spent a lot of the day outside in the most beautiful place. We'll be going back there as soon as we can to have a walk around the lake.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 23 May 2014


My word of the week this week is Shopping because I have another tale to tell.

My griping about online grocery shopping has been expressed before when I had a lot of problems back in February. I have tried alternatives, I've been shopping and come home in a taxi and I've tried shopping with a free home delivery and both were fine but much more expensive. Not only do I tend to put more in my trolley and spend more money, but the added cost of bus fares or taxi fares pushes the cost up even more. We are a family that spends in excess of £200 on food every week, I really cannot afford to spend more. Online shopping does work out cheaper mostly, you can keep a tab on how much you spend and keep delivery costs low, and they are cheaper than bus or taxi fare.

I guess I'm just doomed for disaster!

This week I did my online shop but went out on the day. It was ok, I'd chosen a four hour slot and OH was home. Only I was back late at 3.30pm (road works!) and OH had to pick up Boo from school at 3pm. Guess what time they delivered my shopping? Yes, 3.15pm! It could have been anytime between 12 and 4pm and they came at the only time we were both out! They offered to deliver the next day.

The next day came, but the shopping did not! I received a text to say my order had been cancelled because payment had been declined. A quick check with my bank told me that I'd not enough money in my account to pay for the shopping (I was £2 short) because I'd been charged for the shopping I had not received the day before. IT WAS THE SAME SHOPPING!!

So, I called the shop and they were very apologetic and promised to deliver my shopping the next day and not to take anymore money.

My shopping did not arrive the next day. Why? Because even though they had picked the shopping and put it on the van, they had not given the driver a time slot to deliver it, so he took it back to the depot.

By now, my anger has dissipated and I'm laughing. It really is a joke.

Today my shopping arrived in the alloted time slot with no substitutions..phew! However, I was charged the highest amount for delivery because of it being Friday. Also, my bank is still showing a pending payment for the shopping I have not received which means I cannot access my money.


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Kids in the Kitchen - Cake Pops

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen, my linky where we can share what our kids have been cooking in the kitchen. This week we made cake pops. I have vowed that I will make them properly one day as every time I try I fail miserably, so for this attempt I had the kids helping me. I chose to make them this week as I seemed to have a lot of cake pieces needing using up after making my friends wedding cake. Here is a peak at the cake for starters.

wedding cake

Before I get on to this weeks recipe I'd like to thank those that joined in with my linky last week. From ET Speaks from Home we had homemade Pizza and Scones, two lovely recipes made with help from the kids.
The boys from In the Playroom Blog made a delicious puff pastry pizza. I prefer puff pastry pizza to the normal bases.
Thank you so much for joining in, I do hope you will join us again. I have tweeted and pinned your recipes to my Kids in the Kitchen Pinterest board.

Cake Pops

  • baked cake
  • buttercream
  • chocolate
  • decorations
  • lolly sticks
As I said we had lots of left over pieces of chocolate cake. I measured out 350grams and let the kids break it up into crumbs. They really loved this, sadly my kitchen floor did not love it so much...not an activity if you are very house proud!

We made up some butter cream using 100g of butter and 200g of icing sugar. 
We mixed the butter cream into the cake crumbs and then moulded the cake into small balls.
The kids really loved doing  this too!

I then melted 50g of chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. I dipped the lolly sticks into the chocolate and then stuck them into the cake balls. I then put them into the fridge for an hour or so.

Finally we covered the the cake pops with chocolate. In theory you are supposed to dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate but we found ours were a little too crumbly (as always) so we dribbled the chocolate on the top. Then we sprinkled them with hundreds and thousands for decoration. We left them to set propped up in an old egg box.

I'm much better at making cakes than cake pops, but the kids had lots of messy fun making these. They had fun eating them too.

Now it's your turn, please come and share your recipes that you have made with your kids help and link up to my linky. 

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Walk To School - Treasure Hunt

We always walk to school and it takes around twenty minutes. Even if I did have a car we would still walk. The only exceptions would be those days when it's really pouring down, I don't like ending up like a drowned rat! On nice days we like to walk along the canal, sometimes we take bread for the ducks. The Little Man loves it when we see a barge.

Now Tots100 are holding a competition with Kia all about the walk to school and the things you might see on the way.

There are ten things to find and photograph on the way to school for the competition.

  • Something Yellow
  • Something That Grows
  • A Red Letterbox
  • A Blue Front Door
  • A Triangle
  • A Bus
  • Something Old
  • An Interesting Shadow
  • A Bike
  • A Smile

I've been complaining a lot lately that we don't get out enough because of Star not being well. This competition has made me realise that we actually get out loads and see lots of things every day the other two are at school. Doing something like this has opened our eyes and suddenly the trudge to school has become an every day treasure hunt as we think of new things to look out for.

So here are the things we photographed on our way to school.

Something Yellow: We saw so many things that were yellow, the lollipop man's coat,  buttercups on the grass, flowers in gardens, the local shop sign, a notice on a lampost and many more. We decided we liked the words in the road outside the school.

Something that grows: Again we saw lots of growing things, usually of the plant or flower variety. Then I realised that the two little people in front of me where growing every day...sometimes way to quick for my liking.

Next up it was the Red Letterbox. I gave the Little Man a letter to post while I took a photo of him (or six, and Google plus did a fantastic auto awesome which I'll tag onto the end of this post)

Then we had to find a blue front door and a triangle. We saw many of both, there is a whole street by us with blue doors! We saw triangles everywhere especially in the road signs but in the end we decided to go for these lovely triangles you can see in this garden, and I have bench envy!

We also see lots of buses on the way to school and the littlies loved me taking lots of photos of them. However, I decided to think outside the box and took a picture of the walking bus. When Star was still at school she and Boo would take the walking bus, but Boo doesn't like going without her sister so she walks with me and her brother instead. I had to zoom in a little as they were ahead of us (we were too slow because of taking all the photos!)

Next we had to find something old and an interesting shadow. I already knew what I wanted to capture for something old, there are some lovely old cottages on the edge of the canal. We have to walk past when we go along the canal and they are so quaint. The high rise flats in the background are pretty old too!
We took loads of photo's of shadows too but looking through them when we got home I liked this one of the Little Man against the school fence.

We were going to take a photo of Boo on her bike, but to be honest I don't let her ride it to school just yet, maybe now the weather is nicer I could start taking the bike to meet her from school. I pick the Little Man up from nursery at lunch time and his little friend rides a bike. They love to race to the corner where we go our seperate ways. So with her daddy's permission I have this photo of their race.

Finally, and it's a lovely way to end, we had to take a photo of a smile. The Lollipop Man, Brian, is  a regular feature of our walk to school and he helps us across the road safely every day. He is wearing a yellow high visability jacket so I though I could use him for yellow. His shadow in the road holding his lollipop stick was very interesting, and he is also old. However, I decided to use him for our Smile, because he always smiles when he sees us.

That's our ten photos and my fingers are crossed for the competition. However, even if I don't win I'm so happy that we took part and it made me realised that we do get out a lot and the school run can be fun.

For this reason I'm also linking my post up to Country Kids from Coombe Mill.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Here is my Letter box getting the Google auto awesome treatment.

Friday, 16 May 2014


My Word of the Week This week is Cake!
Every day has been focused on Cake!
For a Whole Week!
My Kitchen smells of cake, there is cake and icing everywhere and currently some cake pops being made from leftover cake...well, you can't waste cake can you?

I started baking last weekend and finally, today, Friday, one week on, I'm finished.
Now I just have to worry about getting my cake to the venue tomorrow and setting it up. I'll probably have nightmares about something going wrong.

So, by now you are probably wondering what is this cake that I've taken a whole week to make? Well, if I'm honest, it's taken longer than a week, because the top layer is already five weeks old. It's a rich fruit cake steeped with alchohol, covered in marzipan and icing. The decorations I began to make a fortnight ago. The preperation has taken months.

What is it?
It's a four tier wedding cake! As I said, the top tier is fruit but the rest is chocolate cake with chocolate filling and chocolate ganache and covered in icing.

I can't show you a picture just yet, but watch this space!

In the meantime I will show you my new scales which were gifted to me from John Lewis and have been a lifesaver as my scales broke a couple of weeks ago.

Kitchen Scales from John Lewis

This is my Word of the Week for the lovely Reading Residance Blog

The Reading Residence

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Kids In the Kitchen - Naan Bread

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. This week we made naan bread to go with our usual Saturday night curry. I used to buy naan bread until I found out how easy it was to make, and it tastes much better than the supermarket ones.

First let me say thank you to those who contributed to the linky last week;
On In the Playroom blog the little ones made some yummy Pain Au Chocolat
On ET Speaks from Home blog Miss C helped to make lovely Banana Bread and Almond Cookies
On Eatsamazing, Small Child made Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy (thinking of The Wiggles!)
And finally, on The Beesley Buzz blog the whole family got stuck in to making some fabulous Mario Cupcakes!
Thank you all so much for joining in and sharing your cooking activities and recipes.

Naan Bread.


300g self-raising flour
2 tbs natural yoghurt
100ml warm water


Measure the flour into a large bowl and add the yoghurt and warm water.
Mix to a slightly sticky dough
Turn out onto a floured work surface and kneed the dough until soft and elastic
Leave the dough, covered with a clean tea towel for about an hour.
(don't expect it to rise, this is just for the yoghurt to work it's magic)
Seperate the dough into balls, we usually make four, but you can make more or less depending on how big you want them to be.
Take one ball at a time and pull and stretch into shape, usually a large teardrop, but they can be round or oval if you wish.

Then it's time for the adult to take over and grill each naan bread under a hot grill for a minute or two on each side, until just starting to brown. They may bubble up and rise under the grill, and it doesn't matter if you get a couple of darker brown bits where they bubble.

Finally, brush the naan breads with melted butter.

Here are Boo and the Little Man making their naan bread.

Do come and join us with your posts about your kids cooking or helping in the kitchen. I welcome old posts or new and the linky will be open until Monday next week. You can find more about Kids in the Kitchen here.

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Monday, 12 May 2014


This weekend we planted some sunflower seeds for a competition to see who can grow the biggest sunflower. We are all really excited to be taking part and we hope our sunflowers grow nice and big.

First up we had to plant the seeds. We took some soil from the garden, the Little Man was keen to help with this.

Using a trowel he dug up some soil from the edge of the lawn. We are planning on digging the grass up here anyway to plant some garden herbs. We may just need some bigger garden tools for this job.

We filled the plant pots with the soil and then we all planted our sunflower seeds.

Finally we left the plant pots in a warm sunny place and will be keeping our fingers crossed they start to grow very soon. Then hopefully we can plant them in the garden.

We planted our seeds on May 11th 2014 and will be recording their growth for the competition.

Friday, 9 May 2014

May Day Party in the Park

We don't get out much these days but on Bank Holiday Monday one of our favourite bands, Little Liam, was playing live at a local park fete so we had to make an effort.
We were lucky as it was a lovely day, not too sunny but it was warm and it didn't rain until the night time. The park was full of people, really crowded and I didn't take too many photos because I was worried about losing one of the children in the crowd (particularly the Little Man who loves to let go of my hand and escape at any opportunity)
There was so much to see and do but we'd mainly come to see Little Liam play so we spent most of our time at the stage.
Here is the lead singer of Little Liam (His name is Liam!) with the rest of my crew.

Here is Star totally engrossed in the performance. She's most certainly their number one fan. Her favourite song is 'If I Wasn't Me'


I love this photo of the Little Man having a dance.

After watching the show we went to have some fun on the fair. Of course with Star not being well enough to go on most rides we were really limited. It's hard when you have to say to an eight year old you can't ride on that or you can't go on that all the time. Thankfully, Boo and the Little Man were happy enough with the safer rides I chose for them. They were all a little dissapointed that the bouncy castles were off limits though. I just can't risk Star falling over or getting bumped. They did have some fun though.

After the fair we had a hot dog. Well, you have to don't you? Then we took a walk around the craft and tombola stalls as we made our way to the park's exit. Star was getting tired and it was time to go home. I'm glad we made the effort to go out though, we all had a lovely day.

I'm linking up with Country Kids from Coombe Mill, click the badge to hear all about their fantastic birthday party this week and lots of other posts about having fun in the great outdoors!
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Disclaimer...not really needed, I'm only promoting Little Liam because I think they are great :)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Morrisons Mum - Salmon Twirl

How much can you buy for £80 was the challenge set by Morrison's and Britmums. Well, with Morrisons cutting so many prices I hoped it would be a lot! We had a long bank holiday weekend to cover and with a family of seven I do spend a lot of money on food, our usual budget is usually over £200 per week.

I set off with my daughter on Saturday morning. I was going on Friday but a fall down the stairs on Thursday evening meant I was in a little too much pain. All sympathy gratefully accepted as almost a week later I'm still sore and bruised.

Anyway, less of my woes and more of the shopping.

I love Morrisons mostly because of Market Street. They always have an abundance of lovely fresh food. We particularly like the fish counter and our Morrison's had a very friendly and helpful Fishmonger

We bought some Salmon, trout and mussels. Coming up I'll show you how I made a Salmon Twirl. They had these already on the counter but as my lot are not so keen on spinach I decided to buy the salmon and make some myself using chives instead of spinach. I think I saved a little more money in doing so too.

Another reason why we like to shop at Morrisons is the brilliant range of Asian food. We bought everything we needed for a curry night including lots of extra's like onion bhaji and pakora as well as popadoms. They also have less common foods and we love the Japanese ingredients. 

We were on the lookout for the 'I'm cheaper' labels indicating the products that had been reduced to a lower price and are going to stay cheaper too! Great news.

As I said, my daughter came shopping with me and she couldn't resist doing a little shopping herself. She is a grown-up!

I was really happy with how far my money stretched. I have to admit that I do a lot of my shopping online so it was a treat to get out to the store and browse around, but this also meant that I wasn't keeping such a careful eye on my spending. We had a fabulous curry night on Saturday and on Sunday we had Steak in mushroom sauce. Then on Monday we had Salmon Twirls. I was still left with some chicken and trout for two further meals.

As promised here is my recipe for Salmon Twirl.

I used two pieces of Salmon to serve four people.

2 Salmon steaks (£4 from fishmonger)
1 portion of Brie (£1.57)
1 portion of chives (79p)


First you need to slice the salmon into long flat strips. To do this you find the fattest part in the middle an put the knife in slicing through but not all the way to the end so you can open it up like a flap. In this picture I show you where to put the knife.

Do this to both strips of salmon and then add the cheese. Normally in a Salmon Twirl you would use soft spreadable cheese, but as  I used Brie it was less spreadable so I put it on in small pieces to cover the slice.
Then I sprinkled on the chives which I had chopped into small pieces.
Finally you roll the whole piece up and tie it with string or food grade elastic bands. I had neither so I stuck in a couple of toothpicks and hoped for the best. They didn't keep their shape so well in cooking but they tasted delicious so it didn't really matter.

Here's the cooked salmon.

The cost was £1.59 per person which was excellent value, there was some Brie and chives left over to have on crusty bread for lunch the next day too. I served the salmon with garlic pasta which cost less than £1 to make for us all. So all in all a very tasty value meal.

I'd like to say a big thank you to Morrisons and Britmums for giving me the opportunity to take part in this challenge.

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Disclaimer: I was given £80 in Morrisons vouchers to take part in this challenge.

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me...is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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