Make the most of summer with holiday foods and games to keep the kids busy – The Sun

WITH two-thirds of us planning a UK break this year, holidays at home are the current hot ticket among families.

Make the most of summer with holiday foods and fun games to keep little ones busy. With ideas for sunny play and rainy-day fun – all at glorious prices – you can save a packet over pricier activities.

Fish pittas with salsa

(Serves two)


  • 2 white pittas; 300g salmon fillet, skinned and diced;
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning;
  • 1 peach, chopped;
  • 1 small red onion, diced;
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed;
  • ½ red chilli, chopped;
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped;
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • ; salt and pepper to taste

METHOD: Mix all of your ingredients for the salsa (everything but the salmon, pittas and cajun seasoning), seasoning to taste.

Mix the diced salmon with the cajun spice, then place it on a baking tray and cook at 180C for five minutes (or until thoroughly cooked).

Warm the pittas, split them and fill with the salmon. Top with the salsa and serve.

Food deals

GET that holiday feeling with these great food buys. Just add sunshine!

Buy two for £3 on selected packs of ice creams and lollies at Morrisons, including six strawberry Cornettos, £2, and 12 Mini Milks, £2.17.

Get a taste of the Med with Asda Extra Special halloumi & chilli jam tortilla rolls, £1.

Cool off with Asda watermelon fans, £1.

Go global with three for £7 on Waitrose World Deli nibbles including spinach & feta parcels, £3.50, and chicken harissa skewers, £3.

Save 50p on Sainsbury’s crustless tomato, mozzarella & basil quiche, 340g, was £2.30, now £1.80.

Sarines with lemony fennel salad

(Serves six)


  • 12 sardines, butterflied;
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled;
  • 3 tbsp olive oil;
  • 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed;
  • 1 large courgette;
  • 1 lemon, juice and rind, grated;
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard;
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill, chopped.

METHOD: Pat fish with kitchen paper. Halve one of the garlic cloves and rub it over the sardines.

Brush with some oil and put them in the fridge to chill.

Thinly slice the fennel lengthways and slice the courgette along the diagonal. Brush the vegetables with a little of the oil then season with salt and pepper.

Crush the other garlic clove and whisk into the remaining oil along with the lemon juice and rind, mustard and 2 tbsp of the dill.

Barbecue the veg for three to four minutes on each side, until tender, then add to the dressing.

Next, barbecue the sardines for three to four minutes on each side, until cooked through and the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serve with the vegetables and scatter with dill.

Drink deals

RAISE your glass to a gorgeous holiday at home.

Save a quarter off Waitrose Duchy rose lemonade, down from £2.29 to £1.71.

Save £1.50 on Pepsi Max and Diet Pepsi (24 x 330ml), down from £8 to £6.50 at Tesco until July 30.

For a summer sundowner, Sainsbury’s Bordeaux rosé is down from £8 to just £6.50.

Upgrade your summer tipple to Asda Extra Special rhubarb & ginger gin liqueur, was £12, now £10.

Buy three for £21 on selected packs of beer at Morrisons including Kronenbourg 1664 (12 x 275ml), £10.

Outdoor activities

Give little ones loads of reasons to get outside.

Keep them counting with Morrisons garden snakes & ladders, down from £8 to £5.

Enjoy endless fun with Morrisons’ Splash water slide, £6. Just add water.

Wilko swing tennis, £10, will be a big hit too.

Chad Valley bubble solution (three bottles) is down from £3 to £2.25 at Sainsbury’s.

Buy a tough foam ball at Tesco for £2 or save arguments and buy two for £3.

Aldi’s badminton set with pop-up net is £19.99 online.

Keep them covered with Superdrug’s Solait suncare range, buy one get one free, including new Colour

Mix kids’ lotion, £4.49.

Rainy-day fun

HAVE back-up plans for when the weather doesn’t play ball.

Crayola Colour Explosion Rainbow colouring set, down from £6 to £4.50 at Tesco.

Save £1.75 on Uno cards at Sainsbury’s, down from £7 to £5.25.

Get a Crayola Colour Wonder Paw Patrol or Peppa Pig colouring kit from Tesco for £4.50, down from £6.

Aldi’s Indoor Boredom Box, £12.99 online, has 200 challenges to keep kids busy for the next six weeks.

Get them hooked on a classic with Hasbro Monopoly, down from £14.99 to £9.99 at


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