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Morrisons Mum


If you follow my social media accounts you will have probably seen my #morrisonsmum hashtag last weekend, I was part of a group of mums and dads who were given a challenge by the lovely people at Britmums to go to Morrisons armed with vouchers and check out the new cheaper Morrisons.

The challenge didn’t start well for me when I was informed by Britmums that I’d provided them with the wrong house number, after a couple of days of knocking on neighbours doors it was obvious that my vouchers were well and truly lost.  I still wanted to take part in the challenge so decided to just use my own money, after all it was my mistake that I put the wrong house number down.

The Morrisons in Leamington Spa is very new, it only opened last year and as it’s situated just out of town I’ve only been a handful of times so I was looking forward to seeing what changes had been made.

Morrisons have cut the prices on over a thousand products, these price slashes are not temporary they are new everyday low prices on the things that the average household buys each week meaning that we as consumers will notice the difference each shop.


All of the new price cuts are marked with yellow markers on the shelves and online telling you that they are cheaper. When I was browsing around the store I noticed quite a few items that I would buy including Hovis best of both bread which is now £1.00, Coca-Cola 8 can pack £2.64, Bold 2 in 1 washing powder 1.76kg £5.00 and Heinz Tomato Ketchup 700g £1.99.

I love that on entering Morrisons you are taken straight to the fresh fruit and vegetables, I find that by filling your trolley with delicious fresh food makes you less likely to fill your trolley up with cakes and sweets.


I love the fact you can see exactly what you are buying and you can see how fresh the vegetables are.




To make the challenge more fun we were asked to buy the ingredients for a bank holiday meal, we shopped on the Saturday and instead of just one recipe I’ve decided to treat you to two, one that was cooked on the Sunday and one that was cooked on the Monday.

hotpot lamb hotpot

The meal we ate on the Sunday was a spring lamb hotpot, all ingredients were purchased from Morrisons and although I don’t usually buy supermarket meat the lamb was delicious and melted in the mouth.

To make the Spring Lamb hotpot you will need:

  • 2 teaspoons Rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, sliced finely
  • sticks of thyme
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 700g lamb neck fillet chopped into small pieces
  • 350 ml lamb stock
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 4 large potatoes sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C
  2. Heat one tablespoon of  the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  3. lightly fry the sliced onions and carrots until they just start to soften but don’t let them brown. Transfer them to a lidded casserole dish.
  4. Roll the lamb in cornflour and add to the same frying pan and again, gently fry until the lamb is browned on all sides and transfer to the casserole dish, add the thyme and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Pour in half of the stock.
  6. Peel the potatoes and slice them very thinly. Layer the potatoes over the lamb and pour over the rest of the stock
  7. Cover and bake in the oven for one hour and twenty minutes. For the last fifteen minutes, remove the lid to allow the potatoes to brown on top.

summer salad summer chicken salad



Our bank holiday meal was warm summer salad which is perfect for alfresco eating, all ingredients were purchased from Morrisons and everyone including Baby Gourmand devoured this dish.


To make the Summer Salad you will need:


  • teaspoon Rapeseed oil
  • 1 Red onion, sliced finely
  • 6 vine tomatoes quartered
  • 3 chicken breasts diced
  • 500g new potatoes
  • 1 pack of green beans
  • 2 Hard boiled eggs
  • Rosemary
  • Anchovies


  1. Cook the potatoes in a pan and when cooked drain, cut in half and place to one side
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  3. lightly fry the sliced onions and chicken until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add the green beans and cook for 1-2 minutes
  5. Add the tomato and cook for a further 2 minutes
  6. Place the cooked potato into the pan and cook for a further minute making sure everything is well mixed.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat. chop the boiled egg and add to the pan.  Place on plates and decorate with anchovies.


On bank holiday Monday I was shocked to come home and find that my missing Morrisons vouchers had been posted through my letterbox, I have no idea where they had been or who had them but it really did show me that there are still some decent people on this earth!




Sainsbury’s Back To Basics Challenge

I’ve never hidden the fact that I usually spend an awful lot of money on our weekly shopping, partly because my family are brand snobs and partly because I like to ensure that we eat the best ingredients that we can afford.  When I found out about the Sainsbury’s back to basics challenge I was very eager to take part for two reasons the first being that I don’t buy basics range food from any supermarket and was curious to see how it compared to other brands and secondly because I never shop in Sainsbury’s as I’m a Waitrose girl.

I went to Sainsbury’s armed with my £10 voucher and was surprised at how vast the basics range was, I knew I would only be willing to use certain items from the range so straight away meat, processed food and eggs were out of the equation.  I purchased white rice, digestive biscuits, black pepper, mixed herbs, chopped tomatoes, kidney beans and butter and spent the rest of the money on cooking chocolate, golden syrup and maltesers.

I am of the mindset that by purchasing certain cheaper ingredients you can spend more on other good quality ingredients necessary to your recipe.  I think I made good choices with my selections especially as they were to be used to make cakes, tray bakes and Chilli Con Carne.  The butter, biscuits, kidney beans, tomatoes and herbs tasted exactly the same as big branded products and most were half the price if not more.  Out of everything that I purchased the only item that I wouldn’t buy again would be the rice as it was very stodgy and didn’t cook as well as the basmati rice that I would usually buy.

Sainsbury’s basic range offers fuss-free packaging, lower prices and great quality and with over 500 everyday products there really is something for everyone. Click the video below to see how I used my basics ingredients, don’t forget to check back on Madame Gourmand for recipes.




*Disclaimer: I was sent a £10 sainsbury's voucher for the purpose of the challenge, my review of the basics range is honest and impartial*