In the Kitchen

American Dining at Ed's Easy Diner

Did I ever mention that my family and I love an American diner? Many years ago, when I first moved to the UK, I would drag Husband around London looking for acceptable American fare. I needed to know where I could get burgers, milkshakes and pancakes if I had an urgent craving. Fourteen years ago, there were only a handful of places to get American-style food. Nowadays, they are everywhere. There are now more American restaurants and diners in London than I have fingers and toes. One place we have frequented a few times is Ed's Easy Diner.

If you're not familiar with Ed's, it is a chain of 1950s-style American diners. They have booths, as well as  tables, cute jukeboxes and  My family and I last went about five months ago. My son has recently become obsessed with cheeseburgers, and we're all fans, so it makes life easier to eat at restaurants where they serve cheeseburgers. Recently, the people from Ed's invited us for a family meal to check out their new junior menu.

Dining out with kids is made so much easier with a great children's menu. Ed's Junior Bites is made for kids 10 and under. For £5.95, you get a main, side and a drink. One issue I have with many children's menus is that there is enough food for my 4-year old, but my 8-year old ends up still hungry. I would rather the kids had more proper food and less dessert. At Ed's, my 8-year old was properly full while my 4-year old had food remaining. Take note other restaurants!

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Fast & Easy Frozen Fruit DessertsWe love desserts in my house. But recently I have been trying to get us to eat more healthily. My children ate a ridiculous amount of ice cream this summer and I am trying to get them excited again about fruit. Namely frozen fruit. So, I thought I would share three super easy, and very fast, recipes for frozen fruit that will make your little one exclaim 'ooh!' and they won't even notice that they're having a healthy dessert.

Fast & Easy Frozen Fruit Desserts

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Tea for Two

This has been an unusual week. Moozles and Dubz has been at their grandparents' house since Saturday. Husband and I were home alone from Sunday until Saturday. That's right, one whole week of peace and quiet. One week without playing superheroes or reading children's' books. And yes, we missed having those little ones around. But it was also one week without mediating fights or dealing with tantrums. And it was one week hanging out with Husband. And since it was my birthday week (the big 4-1), I basically got what I wanted. So on Tuesday, after visiting the Tate Modern, we went to The Café at the Hotel Café Royal.

I have walked by The Café loads of times, and have always drooled over their beautiful window displays, but I was never hungry as I passed by. But this time our visit was planned. There were so many lovely things to choose from, but I decided upon the Bounty macaroon while Husband had a coffee and walnut cake. And of course we had tea. Tea for two, and the perfect way to start my birthday week.

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The Perception vs The Reality of Cooking With Kids

I like my blog and social media to be a fairly accurate portrayal of my family life. There are so many pressures to make life look perfect and glossy, but I mainly ignore those pressures. It is tough enough being a mother these days. I don't want to add to anyone's feelings of inadequacy. In fact, none of us should feel inadequate if we're just doing our best. But that being said, I will sometimes share the better photos and not share the utter mess of my life, so I thought I would give you a fuller picture of cooking with children.

This morning, the boy helped me make blueberry pancakes. Dubz loves helping me in the kitchen and is full of enthusiasm, if a little short on skill. He is obsessed with adding the ingredients, mixing them up and even helping at the stove. This of course makes life a bit more stressful than if I was just doing it on my own. But I am sure it is quite beneficial in the long-run so we just get on with it. The pancakes weren't difficult to make and tasted delicious (if you would like the recipe, you can find it and other family recipes on the Wren Kitchens' free Little Kitchen Big Ideas e-cookbook).

Anyway, here are some photos to illustrate the reality versus the perception of blogging photos. Also, the reason that my daughter is not in the photos is that she was being stroppy and just wanted to read in her room and be by herself. Reality indeed!

Reality - Oops!

The Perception vs The Reality of Cooking With Kids

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Slow-cooked Lamb with Garlic & Rosemary

Life is so hectic. I spend the weekdays rushing around after the kids. And even if I have free time, it is spent on errands and laundry (apart from the occasional break to watch The Real Housewives, heehee). The meals that I cook for my children are made quickly, and easily. Then on Saturdays we normally have a family outing and eat out. Sundays are my favourite day. It is the day we try not to make plans. We have a slow day, where we have fun at home. We play puzzles and Lego, Moozles does her homework, we watch an afternoon movie. And then, oh then, we eat.

One of my favourite British traditions is that of a Sunday Roast. Meat (usually lamb, but sometimes beef or pork in our house), potatoes (roasted or mashed), some kind of green vegetable and Yorkshire puddings (even though they are traditionally served with beef, my family loves them, especially my son who demands them with every roast).

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Neapolitan Cuisine at Rossopomodoro

I love pizza. Husband loves pizza. Moozles and Dubz really love pizza. And we are always on the lookout for a good family-friendly pizza place. I had been to Rossopomodoro twice before - once for a bloggers' dinner and another time with Moozles. But last week, the four of us went for our first family meal at Rossopomodoro in Kingston upon Thames.

Rossopomodoro is more than just great pizza. They specialise in food from Naples, so everything tastes like you're in a proper Italian restaurant. The pizza, yes, is wonderful. But there are loads of delicious pastas to choose from. The starters are also quite tempting. We had a very generous bowl of olives and a lovely platter of rice and cheese balls (Frito Napoletano--you must have it).

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Slow Cooking Made Easy

I'm not the most confident cook (although I enjoy baking). I make all the kids' meals, plus once a week I cook dinner for Husband. I would like to cook for him more often, but I am so tired once I have put the children to bed. I feel bad that Husband gets home at 7pm or 8pm most nights then has to cook our dinner. I had thought about trying to use a slow-cooker, but felt a bit overwhelmed about trying new recipes and adapting my current ones. So when Slow Cook Chef asked me to trial their services, I was intrigued.

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Feeling Special On Mother's DayOoh, I love Mother's Day. It is the day that Husband really steps up his game. The kids, well Moozles anyway, is thinking about all the presents she would like to 'buy' for me. And Dubz, well, Dubz is trying to figure out how he can get some more superhero toys. But anyway, I don't require diamonds or a Michelin-starred restaurant. But it makes me happy that my family make a little fuss over me. So I thought I would share some things that will be making my Mother's Day a bit special.

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Family Lunch at No.1 Duke Street

We eat out at least once at weekend, and we're always on the lookout for a great family restaurant. We are quite lucky to be spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants in south west London. But I am still always on the hunt for restaurants that our whole family will love. Besides delicious food, you need gracious service (that isn't slow) and comfy seating. Last weekend, we were lucky enough to find all these things at No.1 Duke Street in Richmond upon Thames.

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Korean BBQ at Han in New Malden

We had the in-laws visiting this weekend, and they kindly offered to babysit on Saturday night. The first thought whenever we get the offer of babysitting services is 'cinema or new restaurant?' Since we were feeling too tired to sit in the movie theatre for two hours, we decided to go to a restaurant we've been keen to try out. So we went to Han restaurant/karaoke bar in New Malden.

If you live in/near New Malden, you will know that it has the highest concentrated Korean population in Europe (around 20,000) and is even referred to as Little Korea. I have been wanting to try Korean barbecue for ages, but Husband and I have been intimidated to go as we had no idea what we were supposed to do or what we should eat. We have both been to Han before (but separately) for karaoke with friends/colleagues. Han is known for their great karaoke rooms and it's a popular spot for groups who don't want to go into central London to sing their hearts out (plus it's open til 1.30am on a Saturday night).

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