32 Photos - Jul 7, 2013
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part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.   Social Fabric challenged me to shop at ASDA for a family meal that cost less than £10.  I saw this as a good excuse to re-introduce our weekly themed country nights with the girls.  I own about a million recipe books but whenever I am looking for food inspiration I always find myself coming back to good ole Mary Berry - the first recipe book I owned.Photo: Pasticcio took my fancy (the girls love pasta) and I so decided on a weekly theme of Greek food and started thinking about the other things I could pair with it that would be easy for a toddler or a pre-schooler to help me cook.Photo: I browsed the ASDA website to see if there were any particular special offers that could work in my favour there seemed to be a lot of offers on cheese which was handy given the large cheese content in the pasticcio.  I could see lots of other offers on summery foods too.Photo: On Saturday morning we headed to ASDA in Earley near Reading.  It isn't my normal supermarket because there are 4 other supermarkets closer to me; I'd never visited this store on a Saturday before and boy, was it busy.  Despite there being car parks on all sides of the store, we couldn't find a parent and child space and ended up parking miles from the store.Photo: I wasn't entirely sure what a pet stop was!  It looked more like a trolley stop.Photo: All four of us went shopping and Lara was very excited about visiting a new supermarket.Photo: Inside the mall it didn't seem too busy.  There were lots of outdoor and garden offers on display from ASDA; we bought some compost because we had been planning on going to the garden centre for some later.Photo: Lara spotted these watermelons on offer just outside the entrance to ASDA.  She said they reminded her of the market in the South of France were we were on holiday recently.Photo: Inside the ASDA store it was REALLY busy.  The fruit and vegetable area was almost unbareable and Lara (and I) got very grumpy.  In the end we just grabbed what we needed and moved on as quickly as possible.  There was no chance to browse.Photo: The primary ingredient for the pasticcio is beef mince.  There was a good range of different sizes of packs of mince with different fat contents.  I chose this pack because it was marked with a special offer sticker (ASDA's special offers are very easy to spot because of the big red and yellow labels)Photo: We noticed lots of BBQ food on offer which was good timing for the hot weekend.Photo: I was surprised at how small a range of plain yoghurts there was compared to my normal stores but the price of the own-label greek yoghurt was pretty appealling.Photo: ASDA smart price is normally the cheapest option available - the chopped tomatoes for our pasticcio cost just 31p but in fact, I also bought a big pack of 4 Heinz tins of chopped tomatoes on special offer for a £1 which worked out slightly cheaper.Photo: Our weekly shop, mixed with the ingredients for our greek extravaganza.  Every till was open so, despite the crowds, we didn't need to wait long at the checkout.Photo: When we got back to the carpark it was even busier than before and there were lots of trollies abandoned on the paths (which is tricky when you are walking or pushing a trolley with a toddler)Photo: The trolley collection areas of the car park were overflowing and beginning to block the road.Photo: When we got home, I lifted out all the yummy ingredients to make sure that we had everything we needed for the pasticcio and our exciting greek pudding.Photo: I asked Holly (14 months) to help me bake some greek honey sponges.  First she helped to grease some ramekins with a little butter.Photo: Next, Holly mixed ground almonds with self-raising flour and bicarb soda.  Some of it did actually make it into the bowl.Photo: Holly mixed the dry ingredients like a pro.  We added in some light muscavado sugar.Photo: Next Holly mixed in an egg and some greek yoghurt to make a smooth fluffy batter.Photo: I drizzled a spoonful of honey into the bottom of each ramekin.Photo: Then we topped up each ramekin with the batter and both Holly and I had great fun banging them down on the work surface to try and flatten them!  They baked in a medium oven for 20 minutes.Photo: While the puddings were cooking, Holly helped me make the meat sauce for the pasticcio.  I always encourage the girls to try the ingredients we are using.  Holly was keen to try the raw onion (she has always had a thing about stealing onions from people's kitchens) but she wasn't very impressed with the taste!Photo: Holly and Daddy went out to the front garden to pick some bay leaves for the pasticcioPhoto: Once the meat sauce was cooked, I layered it with part-cooked macaroni and baked it in the oven for 20 minutes.Photo: While the pasticcio was baking, I made an egg custard from butter, flour and milk and once thickened, I cooled it while adding in two eggs and lots of grated cheese before pouring it over the meat and pasta.Photo: The finished pasticcio after baking for a further 20 minutes.Photo: Holly and I made a quick tsatziki with yoghurt and cucumber to serve with the finished article.  It was properly yummy and everyone devoured it.Photo: Once Lara came home from her friends house we had dinner together.  We learned about the Greek flag and learned to speak a few words in Greek.  Lara and I looked at some photos in a beautiful book I bought in Athens and we talked a little about the islands of Greece.Photo: Holly LOVED her pasticcio and there was nothing left by the end of the meal.Photo: For pudding I served the mini honey sponges with a drizzle of honey (and a sprinkling of pistachios for the grown ups).  A gorgeous, filling two-course greek meal for under a tenner.