Bank Holiday Food

There is minority rule in this house. The majority of the household eat meat, I don’t. Because I hold sway over the kitchen (someone has to) and my meat cooking skills are limited to cooking sausages, badly, and only for the sake of my child. We eat vegetarian food. We like to eat together as a family, even if my picky child eats a pared down version of our dinner. I like pasta with a sauce, for him his pasta is plain affair, with vegetables on the side.

This weekend, I was in Manchester and they staged a small and short lived coup. Cooking slow cooked lamb, beloved on my other half. The lamb is cooked for 4 hours on a bed of boulangere potatoes. Apparently, it made a great long weekend Sunday dinner and was accompanied by a glass of Wolf Blass, Cabernet Sauvignon for the chef (on offer at £6.59).

One shoulder of lamb provided one large adult portion, two child portions (disappointingly my son had seconds). The left-overs have made 3 lamb curry dinners, now sitting in a row in the freezer.

Shoulder of Lamb

The recipe for slow cook lamb is a Tom Kerridge creation, find it here.

Tom Kerridge slow-roast lamb
photo credit: The Mr.

Shoulder of lamb to feed four is approx. £2.67 per portion.

On Bank Holiday Monday, I was back. We enjoyed a long morning at home and then a walk in the woods, it was sunny-ish and the perfect end of a May Bank Holiday is a BBQ, to celebrate the long evenings of May and welcome the (hopefully) many BBQs of Summer.

My dictatorship back in place and our BBQ was vegetarian. Vegetable kebabs make a tasty BBQ, better than an over cooked burger. Add green salad and a glass of La Castelia Pinot Grigio (on offer £4.49). BBQ vegetable kebabs are easy and very tasty.

Simple BBQ Vegetable Kebabs

courgette, halloumi cheese, red and yellow peppers, red onions, large mushrooms.

Four kebabs approx £1.17 per portion.

Mix a little garlic and dried mixed herbs in olive oil and brush over the veg and cheese before cooking. Pop on metal skewers. BBQ. Turning occasionally for an even cook.

All the produce for our weekend came from Morrisons, which provided vouchers for the bank holiday shop. Morrisons isn’t my usual supermarket. The store layout was easily negotiable, everything was well labeled, both the shelves and aisles. The store was clean, well-lit and spacious. When I needed advice on a shoulder of lamb, or where to find something the staff were helpful and informed. There was a good variety of produce, including fresh octopus. I was impressed.


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Disclosure: All words and opinions are my own.


  1. Ali

    All looking yummy! Love vegetable kebabs and also loving the price of Morrison’s pineapples too, a regular weekly purchase for us! Very organised over the lamb too, very impressed!

  2. Metropolitan Mum

    I wish I could be a vegetarian. I am just so bloody lazy, and veggie protein is so hard to come by. Do you eat lots of pulses? I find they give me a little bit too much… pulsing. Eggs? Or are you vegan? Or do you take supplements?

    1. helloitsgemma

      I eat less pulses now, because my son isn’t so keen, however he does like veggie sausages some of which are vegetable protein. Not everyone likes them but I don’t mind. I do eat eggs and a little fish (which makes me not a strict veggie). It is easier than you might imagine.

  3. Kate on Thin Ice

    I do love my lamb but those veggie kebabs would also go down very well indeed.  Thanks for sharing your experience as a Morrisons Mum.  Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

  4. Honest Mum

    Gorgeous food stills, Morrissons is such a fab supermarket, we find it so reasonable with huge selection of fruit and veg. We eat varied dishes in this house, Peter is a pescatarian so a lot of fish and lots of Greek vegetarian dishes-pulses, lentils and bean based. Adore your veggie kebabs! 

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