Sometimes time is against you and you aren’t at home and need something cheap and quick to eat. Supermarket cafes are not always my first choice for somewhere to eat, but if you are on your own, don’t want to spend too much money and don’t have the time then they aren’t that bad.
This is a Chicken Korma curry I had recently at Morrisons.
No it wasn’t fantastic and nor would it win any awards, but then I wasn’t expecting fantastic. It was as you might expect pre-cooked and heated up in the cafe kitchen. It was pleasant enough and the naan bread was fresh and hot. The rice unfortunately suffered in been reheated and was crunchy in places, it really needed to be freshly cooked in my opinion.
I will admit that though I normally much prefer to make stuff from fresh, I do use (and sometimes even like) the “easy” packs from the supermarkets. In the past I have talked about Waitrose’s Easy To Cook range and Marks and Spencer’s The Cook Menu. This was the first thing I have had from the Morrison’s version.
To be perfectly honest making chicken fajitas is not exactly difficult and usually I would make my own. The reason for using this pack was a) it’s a little cheaper and easier than buying all the other ingredients separately and having lots left over and b) I didn’t actually buy it, my better half did to save me some time.
It was a very easy dish to cook. Start to cook the chicken, I used my griddle, add the prepared onions and peppers. Heat the flour tortillas in the microwave server with the salsa and sour cream.
It was as it said on the packet, easy.
So what about the flavour?
Well very nice, as it used fresh ingredients, the peppers and onions still had crunch and flavour and the spiced chicken was tender and spicy.
You can buy pre-cooked fajitas from the cook-chill cabinet that you heat in the microwave and they are pretty awful, this in comparison is so much better.
Would I buy it again? Well we did enjoy it, but when I came to cook fajitas again, I bought all fresh ingredients and I made my own guacamole to go with it.
When travelling out and about I try as much as possible to avoid eating at motorway service stations. Either they are overpriced and overcooked, or they merely consist of fast food chains. One alternative is to eat at a supermarket restaurant where the food is usually a little better and generally much cheaper.
So it was that I found myself at a Morrisons supermarket last week looking for a bite to eat for lunch. As I hadn’t had it for a while I went with the fish and chips.
To be honest it was quite good and value for money at less than five pounds.
The batter was crispy, though for me a little too greasy, and the fish was only just overcooked. Generally I find in these places they well overcook the fish. The chips were crunchy with a fluffy inside. The peas were as expected frozen peas heated through and slighty overcooked as they were obviously cooked and kept warm over the lunch service period.
Well not bad, and to be honest what I expected from a supermarket café. Certainly it was better than what I would find at the motorway services.
Tried the Italian sausage and red wine tortelloni from Morrisons.
After cooking it in a pan of boiling water for about two minutes I drained the pasta and added a couple of spoonfuls of creme fraché. I served the pasta with some freshly grated parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.
Though the texture was good, I did feel that the pasta lacked any distinctive flavour. I certainly couldn’t taste any red wine in the pasta filling and the sausage was not very apparent in the filling. Overall I was disappointed with the pasta.
The other day I made some Chorizo Frito al Vino and I used some Chorizo that I had bought from Morrisons. It had cost £1.99.
I was therefore surprised to see in Sainsburys when I wanted to buy a very similar Chorizo sausage that they were charging £2.99. It was even more expensive from the deli counter where it was £3.49.
I don’t know it if it will be a better Chorizo sausage, but if it is similar then a 50% markup is terrible.
Still missing the (fresh) cooking chorizo from Tesco.