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.