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    Patchwork Dragon
    Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:24 am
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    Sarah_Jayne wrote:
    Here is a question I have wondered but I am such a wimp that I never just go up to the counter and ask. Does anybody go to Morrisons and know if they will debone their fresh fish for you? I have little confidence with myself for getting all the bones out of the fish on my own.


    I have to say that getting the supermarket to fillet it can be a bit hit and miss. One of the things that I've found comes with age is not worrying too much about being a bit demanding....so I do in fact ask the assistant if they can fillet, as in "do you know how to!" If they look a bit hesitant or worried I'd rather take the whole fish and just cut it into steaks, but more often than not they will go and fetch someone who can.
    Chef ian b
    Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:59 am
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    in answer to wether morrisons will fillet and bone the fish you buy i find that they couldnt be more helpfull.
    it is the one supermarket i will buy fresh fish
    Tasty Tidbits
    Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:32 am
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    We were at my friend Jo's in Broadstairs on Friday and she served the most delicious fish for lunch, simply poached with a watercress and stilton sauce. It was Icelandic Char and was sooo delicious. Not as strong as salmon and yet not as mild as trout. It really was lovely. She said she got it in Tesco's and it was less than 1 a piece, frozen.
    Sarah_Jayne
    Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:34 am
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    Chef ian b wrote:
    in answer to wether morrisons will fillet and bone the fish you buy i find that they couldnt be more helpfull.
    it is the one supermarket i will buy fresh fish


    Good to know because I know they claim to have actual fish mongers (or trained in the basics) staff at their fish market counter. I know they do that with the butcher counter because the guy that works behind that counter at ours used to work at a butcher in town.

    I am just stupidly shy at moments and just need to ask 'hey, will you bone this for me?' or just learn to do it and be confident with it myself.
    Moor Driver
    Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:32 am
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    I shop at Waitrose at approx 6 pm Tues or Wed. This is when they have all the markdowns. I can always get fantastic markdowns on fruit, vegetables and herbs, plus bread.
    Scuff
    Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:14 am
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    Sarah_Jayne wrote:
    People might not know that Lidls can actually be a bit of a find for foodies. They often have 'visiting' ranges from their stores around Europe. At the moment, mine has a ton of really fancy pastas from Italy. During the past year they had a Greek week, Portuguese week, Italian week, Asian week and more with good quality and pretty low priced items from those places. If you don't go there often you might not know those deals are about.


    Yes! Lidl is fantastic. We got the lobsters and langoustines for our Christmas Eve meal from the one round the corner. I certainly wouldn't have attempted lobster thermidor for the first time if I hadn't picked them up for so cheap. Also the cheap smoked salmon off cuts and ham they do is always worth sticking in the fridge.
    Sarah_Jayne
    Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:17 am
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    Scuff wrote:
    Sarah_Jayne wrote:
    People might not know that Lidls can actually be a bit of a find for foodies. They often have 'visiting' ranges from their stores around Europe. At the moment, mine has a ton of really fancy pastas from Italy. During the past year they had a Greek week, Portuguese week, Italian week, Asian week and more with good quality and pretty low priced items from those places. If you don't go there often you might not know those deals are about.


    Yes! Lidl is fantastic. We got the lobsters and langoustines for our Christmas Eve meal from the one round the corner. I certainly wouldn't have attempted lobster thermidor for the first time if I hadn't picked them up for so cheap. Also the cheap smoked salmon off cuts and ham they do is always worth sticking in the fridge.


    Also, their wafer thin sandwich ham is the lowest in fat that I have been able to get at any supermarket. Mostly because it is meat and not much else where as British supermarket sandwich meats are a bit of meat and a lot of filler stuff. There is about a 2 gram fat per 100g meat difference which really adds up.
    Tasty Tidbits
    Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:41 pm
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    Hope you don't mind, but I thought there was enough interest in this subject to warrant giving it a sticky!
    Sarah_Jayne
    Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:39 pm
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    There are worst thing that could happen ..lol icon_smile.gif Thanks!
    Sarah_Jayne
    Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:46 pm
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    My tescos 'find' this week was with apples. My husband takes a few apples each day to work and over the past year the cost of apples and fruit in general has really shot up. I normally get the pre-bagged packs because I always figured they were cheaper and in the quantity he eats them I need them to fit into the budget. At nearly two pounds a bags they can really add up.

    Anyway, this week I did my shopping online with Tescos and noticed they had a new variety of loose apple that came in at 63 pence per kg which their system said would be about 11 pence an apple (I love that their site breaks it down like that). 11 pence is really good but I wasn't sure if they would be dinky little rubbish apples but I ordered a few just to see. Turns out they were massive big,very juicy and really tasty apples and for way cheaper than in those bagged packs. They are 'jonagold' apples in their system..very nice and especially for that price.
    PhillyUKGirl
    Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:48 pm
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    Marie-Alice, Glad you've stickied this - I for one plan to check it regularly - I love a bargain, and also sweep through the Waitrose aisles at 6 pm-ish. You often get a chance to try the really posh stuff, like the camembert with truffle-butter, which would usually just make me stand in the aisle laughing out loud at the price....
    Patchwork Dragon
    Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:37 am
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    Don't know if all M&S stores do this, but the food store at Green Park station where I get on and off for work, often have some stuff reduced when I'm on my way home about 6.30-7pm. There's two entrances, one on the street and the other goes out into the station, so I do a quick walk through on my way home and see if there's something nice for dinner or that can go in the freezer and then straight out into the station...very handy!! icon_biggrin.gif And as PhillyGirl says I can try out things that I wouldn't normally buy.

    I think M&S are getting very expensive these days and I don't buy as much there as I used to. I know everything's getting more expensive, but as good as their stuff is, it doesn't warrant the prices they charge now. Plus, I'm pretty sure that when I buy from them in town, the prices are even more than if I go in a local store! icon_eek.gif That really annoys me....I think that if you buy something in one branch it should be the same price whichever branch you buy it in....and that applies to other supermarkets too!
    Panda Rose
    Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:57 am
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    I bought tinned salmon at Morrisons yesterday half price. Their large cooked prawns also seemd good value at 2 per pack but I didn't get any them
    PhillyUKGirl
    Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:33 am
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    OK, I've got one - the kind that makes you dance out the store.....wait for it....Poundland: Green & Black's Milk & Spiced Fruit bars. A hefty 150 gms of 'dried fruits mulled with rum and seasonal spices blended with milk chocolate'. And dated 11/11/09. For a pound! Give me five!

    I did a melting-middle truffle recipe over Christmas that used a bar of milk chocolate in the middle (mixed with dulce de leche) with a dark chocolate truffle 'shell'- I'm thinking this would be incredible in place of the plain milk chocolate...

    Totally agree, Patchwork, I think M&S is no longer the clear top of the quality tree. I find their ready meals distinctly unimpressive, and certainly not worth the premium. I'd much rather go into Waitrose and get a range of brands. Even the Cornish Cruncher cheddar at M&S has a competitor at Waitrose, their Welsh Wizard. So I've found little need to go into Marks these days!
    Patchwork Dragon
    Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:57 am
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    Just got a leaflet through the door with Sainsburys deals on it, so I thought I would pass along some of the highlights....

    Fresh chicken breast fillets, 500g, 3.24
    160 red label tea bags, 1.17
    lamb chops, 714g, 4.99
    thick cut bacon, 300g, 1.74
    white seedless grapes 1.99 kg
    400g McV choc digestives
    600g hellmans Mayo (1.19
    Filipo Berio mild anbd light olive oil , 1ltr, 2.74
    Princes tuna chunks in water, 4x130g, 2.69
    Finish diswhwasher stuff
    These are all supposedly half price, although I'm always suspicious of the "right"prices that they quote!

    They've also got basics salad potatoes, 1kg, 79p
    basics veg selection bag, 1.23kg, 1

    There's lots of other stuff as well but those are the ones I thought might be of most interest.
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