The May Bank Holiday Weekend is always a good one as it co-indices with our Wedding Anniversary. We celebrated our sweet sixteenth this year. Yup, I've heard all the jokes about getting less for murder. We'd also planned a road trip in a stunningly restored 1970's VW Camper Van called Hamish. As if that wasn't excitement enough I was selected by Morrisons to be a #MorrisonsMum and receive £80 of vouchers for my bank holiday shop. Off to Morrisons we went, alas not with Hamish in tow quite yet, we were collecting him the next day from Deeside Classic Campers.
We've only got one Morrison's in Aberdeen and admittedly its not my supermarket of choice. Primarily due to its city centre location but with voucher in hand I was up for giving it a try. We probably didn't see the store at its best at 9pm on a Thursday night as it was closing at 10pm and as such not all the counters were open and stock on display was somewhat depleted. Despite that I was very impressed with the fruit and vegetable offering. Displayed much like I've seen in European supermarkets with a fantastic selection of unusual produce. Boy and Girl were somewhat disappointed not to spot Ant and Dec in Market Street. The power of advertising.
Our shopping list for the weekend was a somewhat random one. Lots nibbly bits and picky food and a few treats thrown in. Kids were very excited when I said they could choose some goodies for themselves. Cue Fruit Shoots, Cherry Coke, Iced Tea, Pork Scratchings, Innocent Smoothies, Strawberries, Haggis Crisps, Fruit Winders and Haribos. An eclectic selection! I was impressed with the range of deli items and we got a fab selection of cold meats, olives, dips, pate, pork pies, satay sticks and cheeses.
The total for the shop came to £90.18. Tricky to compare it price wise to my usual supermarket as it was far from a regular weekly shop. As of 1st May 2014 Morrisons have cut the prices on over a thousand favourite products with the promise of "although we’re cutting prices, we’re not cutting corners". You can check their pricing at www.Morrisons.com/pricecuts. We certainly spotted lots of the yellow "I'm Cheaper" markers in store.
Deli items, breakfast essentials, snacks, treats, a disposable BBQ and drinks pretty much summed up the contents of our trolley. Celebratory Wedding Anniversary Prosecco, a couple of beers for Foodie Loon and some G&T's for me. Next problem. Would it all fit in Hamish the Camper Van?! Of course it did. He's deceptively spacious and even has a wee fridge for the chilled goods.
Our first night took us to Tayview Caravan & Camping Park in Monifieth. Our Anniversary Dinner was a romantic foursome with boy and girl. We ate and drank very well but hardly seemed to make a dent in our goodies. Particularly enjoyed the Pork & Black Pudding Pies, the Satay Sticks, NUMe baked snacks and the Taramasalata. Next day we headed to Bannockburn where we lunched in the car park before our battle commenced and enjoyed coffee and cake with Hamish afterwards.
Breakfast was a daily feast. Bacon, sausages, tatties scones, beans and lashings of tea all cooked up on two gas rings. Boy and girl had chosen hot chocolate, mini marshmallows, caramel waffle biscuits and squirty cream as one of their treats. This was enjoyed whilst watching a movie on Hamish's DVD player.
Our food supplies kept us fed and watered for pretty much the whole weekend. We topped up with milk, water, bread and some burgers to BBQ and a Sunday night Chinese take-away but apart from that we ate in our Camper from our bank holiday shop and avoided the added expense of lunches and coffees whilst on the move.
At our "last supper" in Hamish when heading home we attempted to eat the remainder of our shop but failed and came home with a bag full of food. Plenty for bank holiday Monday tea and still some left over. A great weekend of food, fun and VDub frolics. Least said about the "Camper Van's Got Talent" competition the better.
Disclaimer : Morrisons provided me with £80 of vouchers in return for this post. All views expressed are my own.