Saturday, 10 May 2014

Morrisons, I am cheaper if the label says so, #MorrisonsMum.

Lots of parents across the Nation have been lucky to receive a Bank holiday bonus spend with Morrisons.  Including me, I received £80 of vouchers to do my weekly shop, very nice and thank you!

As of the 1st May Morrisons has started a new chapter across all of its stores. The start of a huge and permanent price reduction for a new cheaper Morrisons.

They have cut thousands of prices on favourite foods and products.  These are every day foods.  This isn't a gimmick to get the shoppers through their doors, this reduction is here to stay.  They have promised not to cut corners on products, food quality will remains the same.

Over this past year, I have shopped in all the big branded Supermarkets.  There is always a price war going on but does this affect the quality?  Sometimes I believe it can and there are a few stores I do not buy meat from because I don't like it.

Luckily for me a new Morrisons opened its doors a couple of months go in Croxley.  Its now become my local as its the closest store to me, its a great store. 

All over Morrisons there are signs of lashed prices, the little yellow sticker 'I'm Cheap'.  Market Street is awesome, fresh fruits and vegetables, 2 for £3 offers and 99p specials.  I love the vegetable aisle chiller, the vegetables look delicious, whole, juicy, fresh, plenty of variety.  

The butchers offering prime cuts, continuously restocking the shelf's, the bakery cooks up fresh cakes, buns and breads. The Deli, Oven Fresh catch my eye always, the pizzas are fantastic and salad bar very inviting.  So much choice from a supermarket, great quality.     

We found reduced to stay prices dotted all over Morrisons, with smiles from my little man when we came to the biscuit aisle.  The staff are mostly smiling, always helpful and always visible, very important for customers.

Here are a few delights I have cooked-up this week

Chilli con Carne, chilli made separately (too hot for kids)
Cauliflower Cheese with Polish sausages

Mushroom, ham & spring onion omelette & freshly squeezed OJ 

Spaghetti bolognese
 Spaghetti Bolognese: 

Is one of my oldest and favourite recipes (and cheapest), its packed with vegetables, that my kids scoff so fast without picking out the 'horrible' mushrooms.

1 Large onion, finely sliced - £1
3 Garlic cloves, crushed - 13p
6 large button mushrooms, chunky slices - 33p
4 fresh tomatoes, chunky slices - 35p
1 large carrot peeled & grated - 10p
450, Lean Minced mince beef - £3.33
1 Vegetable stock cube - 10p
1 Beef stock cube - 10p
1 tin of tomatoes - 25p
1 big squeeze of tomato puree - 15p
250g (half a pack) of Spaghetti  - 55p (£1.09 pack)
a fat pinch of oregano 4p
Oil - 2p
Salt & black pepper - 1p

Using a heavy based pan, add oil and cook on a medium heat:
Onions, garlic, mushrooms & carrots, soften the vegetables.
Turn the heat to low, add the fresh tomatoes, let them simmer, add salt and then minced beef.  Cook the meat until its browned.
Crumble the vegetable stock in the mixture, add the tomato puree, mix well.
Put the beef stock cube in 400ml of boiling water, gradually add this to the beef mixture on a higher heat. Pour in the tin tomatoes, reduce the heat and reduce the sauce, should take 10-15 minutes.  

Boil another pan of water for the pasta, add salt and 5ml of oil. Once boiled add the spaghetti. 
Add black pepper and the oregano to the bolognese sauce.  Turn the heat off.  I use a handheld blender to blend the meat sauce.  Once the pasta is cooked, its all ready to be served! 

The bolognese sauce could serves 8 portions at 73p per person.  I have freezed the other half and will use it for making a lasagne at a later date.

On comparison with a shop I did a couple of weeks it worked out cheaper, I brought a lot meat, lambs chops, steak, chicken (more then usually) also freshly cut flowers and the shopping worked out to be about the same.  Overall I am fan of Morrisons, they sell good quality foods and products, with the new reductions I hope to make a pretty saving in the future.

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

... I am a #MorrisonsMum and proud of it!  Please check-out what these other shoppers found out! Britmums #MorrisonsMum Link-up

Please note I was given £80 shopping voucher in return for an honest review of my local Morrisons Store.  

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