Posted in #FoodieFriday, Food, Healthy eating, Kent Family

Fegos Restaurant Review 2017

Myself and hubs were invited to Fego Restaurant in Sevenoaks for a evening of food, wine and more importantly we were childfree for the evening as Bear and Bell both went to spend the night at my cousins house. Where they ended up in bed at 10pm!

We first popped into a local pub where many of the parents I babysit for go for a night out, which had a very busy feel to it and stressed bar staff, so When we arrived in Fegos we were met by a friendly, smiley member of staff who took us to a table near the back of the restaurant. The chairs were really comfy and covered in a purple fabric with modern lighting hanging over the table.

The restraunt felt very relaxed and the atmosphere was very easy going and informal. The restaurant felt very open with a glass front and a small seating area outside which made the building feel like it was just a constant flow through.

We were offered a menu and a drink, unfortantly I was driving so I had a soft drink as I wanted to pop up to the cocktail bar which is above the restraunt after our meal.

On the menu they offer small plates and big plates, the small plates can be used as a shared starter or a small main. There is a choice for vegetarians and vegans there are about 5 in total. We were recommended the Beef Carpaccio, which is beef with a teriyaki, truffle mayonnaise, paramasan and sesame seeds. The dish was nicely displayed and  really flavoursome and the truffle mayonnaise, teriyaki, parmesan cheese and sesame seeds worked really well with the beef. Hubs wasn’t too keen as the beef came out very rare but I wasn’t complaining as I do love my beef rare.

We then had our mains which I choose the Lamb cutlets with Chimichurri and the new potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic. Hubs choose the lasagne but when he ordered the gentleman who served us managed to persuade hubs to try the 8oz Rib-eye steak with mushroom and red wine gravy with sweet potatoes fries.

We were expecting the steak to come out as one piece with the gravy over it but it came out in chunks in a bowl served on a wooden platter with a little dip on the side. The beef was cooked medium rare and  It was very tasty. I didn’t tell hubs about the mushrooms as he isn’t keen but he loved it!

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I admit when I ordered the lamb cutlets I was expecting getting two or three but i got a nice size potion with runner beans underneath, The lamb cutlets was cooked to be medium-well done and was very scrumptious, it also went well with Sweet potatoes fries and the new potatoes.

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There was a great choice of sides which suit everyone and they also do pizzas and salads which both looked amazing!

As everyone who follows my blog, Instagram know I love my desserts, so to be offered the desert menu was the best part,  and have a choice of desserts I have once just glanced at in other restaurants just to choose the chocolate brownie or apple crumble I decide to try something new! I couldn’t decide on what i wanted the dessert menu looked incredible, in the end Hubs choose the peppermint crisp pudding which was had a strong  peppermint flavour but also very fresh . I had the lemon posset and oh my goodness, it was awesome! the flavours were just right and the posset  just melted in my mouth.

Everything we ate tasted really fresh and made to your  order instead of being batched cooked ready to be reheated.

After dessert we popped upstairs to the cocktail bar, its is quite small but the atmosphere was very upbeat and has a positive vibe about it, but still had the laid back feeling. There was a great choice of cocktails and even if the cocktail wasn’t on the menu the staff were very happy to make what you want, so hubs asked for a black Russian and it was made up by a helpful barman (who was just visiting from his own restaurant  for the evening!)

The bar man also gave hubs a tip on when asking for a black Russian ask for it without the coke as it tastes much better which Hubs totally agreed on!

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Fego are very family friendly and have a great selection for the children to choose from, there is even enough choice for Bear who is very fussy! There is also a breakfast and lunch menu. They cater for everyone and are very flexible about amending or taking of something your not keen on  a dish,  you can also hire out upstairs for meetings, functions and other get together , and the price per head starts as little as £15 which to me is a great price for a evening out which friendly staff and a great atmosphere.

My overall experience is very positive, the service was great, the atmosphere was very laid back and easy going, the food is amazing and extremely tasty. Usually after a meal out I feel hungry about two hours later but I felt really full for ages afterwards. I can see myself hiding out here when Bear and Bell are both back at school and pre-school. I can also see myself taking the children here for breakfast, a spot of lunch or a early dinner. The only down side is that the toilets are down stairs but there is a lift for those less abled bodied, but on a plus side to this you can take a peek inside the kitchen whilst the chefs are cooking you may even get to hear them sing they are quite talented!

Now I have forgotten the Burgers, on the way out someone was served a burger and oh my goodness they looked very tempting! We will certainly be going back soon!

 

Posted in Christmas, Explore the culture, Healthy eating, Kent Family, Uncategorized

Merry Christmas

We have had a busy few months. I decided to have my own website for blogging, which is Bellandbear.co.uk. I have reviewed some lovely products by Interplay UK. Bell has tested out some lovely Shampoo by Vosene Kids . We visited Kent Life for their Spooky Halloween Week and we have had some fun bath time ideas too!

My favourite and the hardest post I have written this year is Being a Mum without a Mum. It was very hard to write it took me ages to get the words down. I found after I wrote it I felt happier. I am not going to bombard everyone with stories of being a mum without a mum but it does help others in the same place. Why not have a read?

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I have also started my own YouTube channel too!

I have a few exciting blog posts coming up for January 2017.

I will be working along side Teal Anchor . Which is a company which provides handmade body and facial scrubs which aren’t tested on animals and are Vegan friendly. The product is also Organic. I am very excited about trying this out as my skin is feeling very dry and looking very dull at the moment. Here is there Instagram page if you fancy checking it out over Christmas. Have a look at Teal Anchors Instagram here!

We have also been reviewing a game by Drumond Park and I have a review on my YouTube channel coming soon! But in the mean time why not have a look at the Little Live Pets Review I have done. Click here to view!

I will also be writing a Post about Healthy Packed lunch boxes.. The lovely people at Fruit Bowl have sent me some lovely products to include. Bell will enjoy these when she goes back to pre-school.  Why not have a look at their website for more information. Here’s the website!

My Last but not least is reviewing a Sleep Story. We have already started to review this and the review will be on the blog soon! If you don’t know already we have had battles with Bear waking up between 3.30-5am to start the day, We have also had Bell refusing to go to sleep until 8.30/9pm which is most of our evening gone. Why not have a look at their website.

And not forgetting my usual family life blogs  and YouTube Videos in between!

I would love to work with more Brands and companies in 2017. If you are a PR for a company I would love to hear from you!

I would also love to guest post too so If you are a Blogger and you feel we could work well together please feel free to contact me!

Now I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays , Happy Christmas. And also a healthy  and Happy 2017.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will enjoy what’s to come in 2017 I am very excited!

 

Posted in Food, Fruit, Healthy eating, holidays, Kent Family, Life, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, summer, summer holidays, thoughtfullness, unhealthy

I need to kick the sugar habit! 

I have a slight problem with sugar! Yes that’s right I admit Sugar is my weakness, it’s one hundred percent not good for me, or anybody for that matter. 

Last year and the previous year  (2014/2015) I would drink Lucozade as though it was going out of fashion. When we went to Zante  (beautiful island by the way and the turtles are huge!!) I brought a bottle of Lucozade from the local shop and I’m not sure what it was it could of been the heat or me reading that Lucozade contains Bull sperm (no idea how true this is!) But it certainly put me of from drinking it! 

I am now drinking lemonade and Pepsi, I need to stop! It makes me feel horrible, my skin looks horrible too. All dry and pastey. 

I also love puddings cheese cake is my weakness! I also love doughnuts, chocolate cake and chocolate bars!!! This also doesn’t help with the sugar habit. 


We are currently sunning our self’s in Menjorca and once I am back I will be tackling my sugar cravings and reducing the amount I have. What? One last week of eating sugar I need all the sugar I can get! (Haha)  I will be recording this as a weekly diary.. any ideas for a good name for my sugar diary or how to beat the sugar cravings???

Posted in Adventure, Family, Food, Healthy eating, Home made, New Blogger, parent blogger, Vegetables, weaning

Let’s talk about weaning… 

So your beautiful son or daughter has hit  6 months of age. 
It’s time to start thinking about weaning.

This journey will be messy I won’t lie. But it will be  one of the funniest adventures you will have. Some of the faces they pull will certainly make you laugh. (Photos of Bell during the weaning phase)


It could be frustrating trying to find out what type of weaning works well for your child . 

There are three types of weaning 

1- spoon feeding 

2- baby lead weaning 

3 – spoon and baby lead weaning 

Spain fed weaning is where you control feeding your child, you can use jars or make your own food. I did this type with Bear.

Baby lead weaning (BLW for short) is where you give your child some bite size food and they have a go at feeding themselves. We did this type of weaning with Bell.

BLW and spoon fed is a mixture of both and could work well with a busy family life.

The important thing about weaning is to encourage your child to try lots of new flavours. We used jars with Bear but I found they actually didn’t taste that nice and he wasn’t that keen so we ended up blending up fruit and vegetables from our meal and freezing and heating up when we needed them. Which he loved. He also loved Ella’s kitchen pouches these say they are home made and they taste yum! 

There are many types of snacks too available on the high street from bread sticks to rice cakes. 

Bell was BLW she helped herself to my Yorkshire pudding a week away from 6 months so I left her to it and she did really well. 

Some great foods to try pureered or mashed are 
Carrots

Bananas

Parsnip

Broccoli 

Califlour

Apple

Pea

You can try mixing them together too.

And there are a lot more fruit and vegetables  too! 

Baby lead weaning foods 

Is everything and anything. We did avoid peanuts until 2 years old though and shellfish until a 1 year old though. 

I also suggest sitting with your child and eat with them, it encourages good eating habits and it’s also a great social experience . But I understand this isn’t suitable for all when they are so young. 

If making your own food or if buying your own food (jars, pouches) check salt and sugar contents you will actually be surprised at the amount of sugar and salt many meals contain these. 

I was told by my Health visitor to skip baby rice as it isn’t beneficial for the child. 

Best bibs I found are the Tommee Tippee ones with the pouch to collect the food unless you have a dog or a cat who acts like a vacuume cleaner than I would not worry about the mess on the floor too much! 

Notes: please never leave your child unsupervised to eat and ensure that they can support their head. Also do not put anything ie baby rice or porridge in their bottle this can be a chocking hazard. 

Posted in Explore the culture, Family, Food, Healthy eating, Home made, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent blogger

Trying new foods…..

Bear is the most fussiest child I have ever know.

I admit this is probably because when he was younger I only gave him foods I knew he would like and still did it when Bell came along.

When Bell got to weaning stage at (5 months, The NHS advise from 6 months). I knew 100% she was ready she was eyeing up my homemade Yorkshire pudding, so I gave her a bit and she loved it!

I always encouraged from a young age that they sit at the table with us, whether or not they were just having a bottle or having a cuddle whilst we ate. I think it’s a great way to encourage good eating habits and a good way of socializing. I remember many Saturday and Sunday’s sitting round the table with the whole family. We still do this now on a Saturday, which is great. Unfortunately due to swimming and other family commitments its getting harder and harder to do.

I love getting them to try new foods especially now they are bigger. Bear is getting better since he started school last year he is slowly but surly becoming less fussy.

Bell on the other hand was eating Calamari at 8 months old. And she has certainly gained so much confidence in trying new foods. We know she is ill when she point blanks refuses to eat, unlike Bear!

We try to eat a mixture of different foods from around the world, we love choosing the healthier choices. I made a Prawn curry from India (made it far too spicy!) from scratch, I have made Chinese sauces from scratch to. I try and make chips from scratch too but they usually end up half cooked or cooked but soggy as I don’t like deep fat frying. I think its important to add different foods into the mix too.

I try and cook from scratch as much as possible, it can be hard with working and busy family life. The processed food we eat is limited to once maybe twice a week as they contain too much salt and added artificial ingredients, which we don’t need. When I cook from scratch I never add salt even if its in the recipe, as many of the ingredients can contain salt already.  Please don’t get me wrong I do use processed food when we are in a rush as they are quick and convenient but I do also cook home-made.

My favorite food is Risotto unfortunately hubby is a fussy eater and will eat it as he turns his nose up which doesn’t help when Bear is so fussy too!

Bears favorite food is Chips and ketchup (full of sugar and salt so this is very limited!!)

Bells favorite food is pasta with cheese

Hubby’s favorite food is Sausage and mash

My aunt always says to try everything at least 20 times, and you know what I actually agree!

As a special treat once in a while Bear and Bell’s favorite restaurant is currently Wagamamas. I really do not mind this special treat as everything is cooked from scratch, the juices are freshly made and the ice lollies are also home-made. The service is quick and it save’s little people getting too bored!

 

 

 

Posted in Healthy eating, Life, love, nature, New Blogger, parent, Uncategorized

I used to…

I used to spend so much time responding to everyone else, being there for everyone and them not being there for me I am going to start making more time for me.

How is that possible when you have two children, a house and housework to do. I think it is working out a balance and it will certainly be easier when Bell starts Pre-school in September I will have Monday mornings child free!!! (as much as I adore, love and miss her I need some me time )

I am going to start to get into my spiritual side, with lot’s of relaxing meditation calming music and read up on Buddhism .I won’t swap my religion I am Spiritual I believe that every religion has good and bad points and its how you use what you know to fulfill your needs.  I am going to start eating more healthy (we do eat healthy but some days are better than others)

I am going to let go of all the negative things in my life and focus on who wants to be part of my life and who doesn’t. Life is far to short to worry and make time for people who can cut you out of their lives whether its family or friends. Please do not get me wrong I am all for Second chances but it won’t be me making that move.

Call it childish, immature but at this present time in my life I need to focus on myself and my family. I need to look after myself and take time to relax and enjoy life and not let everything sit on top of me.

I am not sure how it works I am such a worrier, I have to check my bank that I have paid my council tax, rent etc at least 4 times!

I have to double check the door even three times before i go to sleep. i worry that the children will go missing, I worry I am not doing enough for them, I worry I am not earning enough, to support the children if anything happens to Hubby.

But I am going to give it ago, This is a new chapter in my life’s journey and I am excited where it will lead…..

 

Posted in Book's, Family, Food, Fruit, Healthy eating, Kent Family, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Eating Fruit and Veg

They have changed it again! How many Fruit and Veg should we be eating a day?

In 2014 we should all of been eating at least 5 a day. Now in 2016 less than 3 years later it has now gone up to 7 a day.

I hear you say 7 a day! I don’t even manage that myself let alone the children! We manage at least 4-5 a day.

We have started to encrease the amount of Fruit and Veg we eat as a family, and not just one colour of Fruit and veg the mix of diffrent colours gives diffrent benefits to you and your child.

A potion size for a adult and child is actually the same size as your hand scrunched up into a ball. That is how much veg, fruit,pasta, ,meat etc you should actually be eating and some people say eating up to 5 times a day too!

This week we have actually managed to eat 7-8 a day! Go me, and the children and the hubs!

Bear has eaten mostly fruit products and to be honest I don’t mind they have been lot’s of diffrent colours. Bell has eaten fruit and veg.

We have mixed the fruit and veg into diffrent way’s we eat them. There are many way’s to get fruit and veg into the diet.

Hidden Vegetables

Hubs doesn’t like corguette so I gratit into a stew. cassorole or a spag bol. This can also be used for other veg such as mushrooms, onions, leeks, peppers and tomatoes (maybe use a blender to chop the tomatoes up or it could get messy!)

Smoothies

There are so many type’s of smoothies in the shops now a day’s with a mix of fruit and veg in. Bear doesn’t like beetroot but he will drink a smoothie with beetroot in! You can also make your own from fresh fruit and veg so simple but can get expensive unless you are like me and try and catch the reduced section!

Making Kebabs

This is our favourite of all time! Great for picnic’s and for having friends around. It can be cheap or expensive depending on what fruits you choose.

Frozen or Fresh

There are so many choices of fruit and veg. You can buy frozen, fresh,tinned and Jarred. There is certainly no right or wrong choices to this. I would say check the salt and sugar level’s in the item as it can be very high!

Fruit juices

Great for children and adults alike. But as I have said check the salt and sugar levels.

Watching I can Cook On Cbeebies or other cookery programs for children.

We have had to buy the I can cook cook book as Bell and Bear love the program and the ideas are so healthy and yummy! There is also a great choice of cook books for parent’s but don’t forget many chef’s have started to produce cook books suitable for family life.

 

Toddler groups

Many toddler groups still have juice and biscuits. I am trying to find toddler groups in my area which do Fruit or healthier snacks instead as it will help to encourage eating fruit or a healthier snack.

I sound like the perfect parent! I am seriously not no parent is perfect!

Sunday’s have seemed to turn into sweet and popcorn day and the fruit and veg also tend to be halfed! (whoops!) We also have endless supply of ketcup and BBQ sauce in the fridge too! (and its not reduced sugar!!!!)

I am very anti adding salt into any cooking, I also try and make any cake’s we have from scratch as i know exactly what is going into it.

I have been watching lot’s of programs on what actually happen’s to our food and it is very much a eye openner. I am seriously consdiering changing our families diet to either vegan or Vegetariam but for this to work Bear needs to start eating more Veg!