Thursday, 8 May 2014

Bank Holiday, Baking & Bargains

I was delighted to be selected as a #MorrisonsMum as part of the Britmums and Morrisons May Bank Holiday blogging project. I received a lovely letter containing Morrisons vouchers and in return I needed to shop over the Bank Holiday and then blog about my experience. Not exactly an arduous task, I'm always happy to shop & eat!

So armed with my shopping list I set off to Morrisons. I returned with armfuls of goodies and settled in for a weekend of cooking & feasting. I planned to do some baking on Saturday with my daughter, have a roast on Sunday and a homemade Fish Pie on Bank Holiday Monday.

Here's what we got up to...


One of my daughter's favourite programs is "I can Cook" on Cbeebies. We'd seen a recipe for Blue Jewel Bakes a couple of weeks ago & I had promised her we would make them. So armed with Morrison's blueberries, milk, orange zest, eggs and honey, we set to work. We whisked, grated, counted, weighed and poured. After 15 minutes in the oven we had six delicious Blue Jewel Bakes and they were eaten as soon as they were cool enough. A big success.


On Sunday we planned a traditional Chicken roast with lots of veg and a mouthwatering Morrison's cheesecake for pudding. I invited my Mum and my Grandmother round to join us. I was really impressed with value of vegetables and meat at Morrisons.

The main ingredients cost:



Maris Piper potatoes...£2.25 (but they were used in Fish Pie, so potatoes made two meals)


The total cost approximately £11 and this roast and pudding fed four adults, one child and our two cats had a tummy-full of leftover chicken scraps, so I would estimate it cost £2.75 per serving, so this offers amazing value for money.


I wanted to make one of our favourite family meals on Bank Holiday Monday. I have been making this delicious Fish Pie since my daughter was about ten or eleven months old. At first she had it pureed, then in bigger chunks, now she helps herself straight from the dish & tucks into it with the rest of us. I got the recipe from the Truuuly Scrumptious Book of Organic Baby Purees book. The meals are designed to be made for the whole family with portions pureed for your baby. This means you aren't cooking lots of different meals for everyone and babies get to develop more 'grown up' tastes. The food in this book isn't bland and the authors encourage you to use mature cheese, garlic and other strong flavours. This Fish Pie has definitely grown with my daughter and we enjoy it as much as she does, a perfect family meal.

Again I was impressed with the quality of the fish at Morrisons. There was an in-store offer of three selected pre-packed meat or fish portions for £10. I stocked up on Salmon for the pie and I also bought two packets of smoked haddock to go in the freezer. I actually accidentally bought 'lightly smoked' Morrisons salmon, which I had never used before in this particular pie. But it was absolutely delicious, great quality and plenty of fish in the pack. I would definitely buy it again from Morrisons as I am converted to using the smoked version now!

The main ingredients cost:

Salmon...£3.30 (as part of three for £10 deal)


Maris Piper potatoes...£2.25 (but they were used in chicken roast, so potatoes made two meals)

Milk...0.84p (this price is for four pints and you only use one pint in this recipe)

Total cost is approximately £6.80 and this pie fed two adults and one child, but would probably feed four adults. So based on feeding four adults the Fish Pie would be £1.70 per portion, which is very economical for such a delicious & filling meal.

So all in all we had a great weekend, the weather was lovely and we ate really well courtesy of Morrisons and Britmums. The only downside is the amount of dishes all this cooking produces. The Fish Pie in particular uses every dish & pan in the kitchen...luckily I have a little assistant who likes to help out...fingers crossed she doesn't grow out of her love of water & bubbles anytime soon!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

chalk paint, daisy chains and sunshine

I blogged a little while ago about buying my first tin of Annie Sloan chalk paint. Since writing that blog post I have painted an antique wardrobe which now houses my collection of vintage fabric out in the hallway.

I am now a self-confessed chalk paint addict & I couldn't wait to get to work on my Ebay-bargain dresser we bought back in March.

It was a beautiful sunny day and we all changed into our scruffy clothes and got out in the garden to do some painting. My daughter was keen to get involved and as chalk paint is non-toxic, it's a great paint for kids to use (under supervision of course). She loved using the roller and she did a pretty good job of painting the back section of the dresser. Between the three of us, we managed to get one coat of chalk paint completed today. we'll do another coat tomorrow and finish off with wax in a few days time.

In between painting we had fun in the garden making daisy chains, playing catch and Max the cat had fun chasing string with my daughter...I don't know who ran round the fastest, my daughter or the cat. Sometimes it's lovely just to relax in your own back garden on a Bank Holiday weekend...especially if you can enlist your whole family to help out with the chalk painting!

This week I'm linking up with the lovely #countrykids at Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Vintage love: enamel cat tray

I love this tray...I love the colours, the design, the way the pattern is composed using a heap of tiny dots, sort of tray-pointillism, love it!

I think it dates from the 1970s and it is made from enamel.

Perfect for carrying cocktails, afternoon tea, or for putting on the a piece of vintage art.

Which is exactly what I'm going to do now our kitchen and dining room have been redecorated.

I will post some photos of the tray in situ on my wall at a later date...

If you'd like to see more retro goodies, head on over to my "Vintage Finds" board over on Pinterest...

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