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 #FoodieFriday, Diary, Family, Food

Healthy Eating

Sparkly Mummy

Let’s join in with #FoodieFriday! 

What a fab Idea  Mummy In A Tutu and Sparkly Mummy 

Now who doesn’t love food! 

I was going to write a whole post on cake and chocolate but I thought with Christmas just around the corner I would write about something a bit practical and it could help you save a few ££££ to! 

So let’s Talk about 

Meal planning 

I have decided that doing a meal planner would be best for my family, Bear and Bell seem to eat constantly. I know this is a growth spurt and now the weather is getting colder I’m sure some of the time it’s out of boredom! 

The meal planner is working really well, even hubs is following it, which is great. 

And the best bit is it is saving some money, especially with Christmas around the corner.

But the downside to a meal planner is that the meals I plan I usually do not fancy that night but I do still follow it! 

How I do my meal planner?

I type it on the laptop, as it’s so much easier to read and plan. I also sit there with a pile of cook books and have a flick through trying to get inspiration for new ideas.

Do I write a shopping list?

Yes, I didn’t use to but I have to admit it is so much easier shopping. I do still add a few non listed items but they are for Christmas which I see on offer.


Would I recommend meal planning?

Yes I would it was really scary at first as I thought it would be really expensive but really it isn’t . I don’t buy the extra vauled products  as I feel they have a high salt content which isn’t good. I do sometimes buy chicken nuggets and chips but this is starting to be a rare treat. And we are still saving money.

Does meal planning help us eat more healthily as a family?
Yes it does! Everything at the moment is fresh, we are cutting down our meat intake and increasing our fish intake. The meals are freshly prepared and taste much nicer than pre done meals and the best bit is I know what is actually going into the meal!

So overall we are really enjoying the meal planning and eating much more healthily. The children are also trying new foods which they would usually turn their noses up at.


Do you have any healthy eating tips or tricks? I would love to hear form you!


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 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!