On Sunday we headed to our local ASK Italian for a Mother’s Day meal. We ate in the ASK Italian in Northwood which is in a converted Post Office. I’ve often walked past but never gone in so I was excited about finally venturing inside.
I booked online in advance as I knew it would be busy so when we arrived we were immediately taken to our table. The building is really light and airy and makes excellent use of the old sorting office for a spectacular environment to eat.
Although there was a special 3 course menu we opted to choose from the normal menu. The children were given colouring sheets (which also contained the children’s menu) and pencils which I thought was a nice touch and kept them busy.
The children enjoyed a set menu for £6.25 which included vegetable crudites with garlic sticks and dip. They both chose Pizza Pomodorini for their main course which was a really generous portion considering their ages. My 4 year old had a chocolate gelati with sprinkles for dessert and my 2 year old had the frutti.
The 4 year old loves this kind of food so happily ate everything put in front of him. The 2 year old is slightly fussier and was happy to sample something from everyone’s plates and a little of her own.
As we were hungry we ordered the Stuzzichini to nibble on whilst the children had their starter. It looked lovely (photo below) and was a selection of Pecorino Sardo cheese, Sicilian Nocellara olives, finocchiona salami and warm tomato crostini.
Then it was time for our main courses. I had ordered the Risotto con Pollo E Funghi as I love risotto but my husband doesn’t, so I seized the opportunity to try something I knew I would enjoy. I loved the combination of the chicken breast slices and sautéed mushrooms and the creamy white wine sauce was perfect.
My husband had a Linguine Carbonara (pictured below) which he really enjoyed and ended up sharing with our daughter, she’s a real pasta fiend!
Keen to sample the menu we did order desserts although normally a main course is enough for us. My husband had the Italian Cheesecake and I ordered the Grande Gelato which is basically Eton Mess Italian-style (pictured below). I need to make it at home as it was amazing and really complimented the risotto I had just eaten.
At this point we were really full and happy so settled up and toddled off to our favourite park for a very long walk. Our final bill came to £58.70 for meals for two adults, two children, hot and cold drinks which I thought represented good value. Everyone enjoyed their food, the service was excellent, especially considering we had to chosen to eat on such a busy day, and the atmosphere was perfect for enjoying a delicious family meal at ASK Italian.
This is the first of a series of posts written in conjunction with ASK Italian who are on a mission to remind people that pasta shouldn’t just be a backup when the cupboards are bare but an exciting and creative part of your kitchen. Respect the pasta!
Disclosure – we received a voucher in order to review the menu at our local ASK Italian
We’ve been fortunate that our couple of days away coincided with blue skies and sunshine. At long last we were able to spend time outside and all feel much better for it.
In the run up to Easter we did lots of Easter crafting. We made and decorated bunny biscuits, boiled eggs and tried out our new egg wraps, and also melted chocolate to make yummy chocolate lollies and eggs!
Yesterday we treated ourselves to a delicious lunch at the Three Daggers in Edington and a walk around Edington Priory which was resplendent with flowers.
We also did a lot of our traditional Easter activities, including an Easter egg hunt in the spring sunshine. The children received Easter eggs which had to be opened and tasted, as well as sticker and magnet books to ensure they didn’t overdose on chocolate!
I’ve written before about how difficult I find leaving the house so it’s probably no surprise that going away for any length of time is quite hard. Before children we had plenty of room in the car for a suitcase. My husband would pack his camera bag and model planes and I would pack a big bag stuffed with sewing supplies. Holidays were relaxing. All that has changed since the arrival of the children. Now our bag is the smallest, Big Brother and Little Sis have their Trunkis and any available space is filled with nappies, a steriliser, formula and bags of toys for the journey and beyond.
So forgive me for looking back at the good old days when it was just the two of us. Before kids we even had a sporty little MG so we could potter around the countryside with the roof down. We’ve had some lovely holidays but my favourite was definitely our honeymoon. I hate flying and we didn’t fancy sitting on a beach for 2 weeks so knew our honeymoon would have to be active and different. So we headed to Scandinavia in October, and did I mention I had a broken toe?
Over 2 weeks we planned to visit as many places as we could. We flew into Copenhagen in Denmark and after a couple of days took the train to Malmo in Sweden. After a hectic day exploring Malmo we took an overnight train to Stockholm, explored and then flew to Oslo in Norway. We then took a train north to Trondheim before boarding the Hurtigruten along the coast to Bergen and took a trip through the fjords and the train back to Bergen before flying home. All in 2 weeks. And did I mention I had a broken toe?
Some of the highlights of the holiday were:
- seeing hundreds of bicycles outside the railway station in Malmo
- experiencing sunshine in Bergen – famous for always raining
- eating in the Hard Rock Cafe in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo
- riding the funicular up the mountain of Fløyen over Bergen and admiring the view
- eating a fantastic curry and drinking beer al fresco under blankets in Malmo
- trying the famous apple pie at the Frognerseteren Restaurant before believing my husband who said he could navigate us back down the hillside to Oslo just using his iPhone – there was no mobile reception and did I mention I had a broken toe?
- taking the Norway in a nutshell tour back to Oslo and seeing the stunning fjords
This is my entry to the Tots100/Al Fresco Holidays competition.