9

Treat Day!

We try to ensure that Amellia gets to go out at least once a month with one us to do whatever she wants. Sometimes she picks swimming, other times clothes shopping but something she always picks is to go out for dinner! She loves her food and unfortunately going out for dinner as a family is something that we don’t do very often at all as Dylan is not a good eater, and all the noises, bright lights, people and smells just send him into meltdown.
Before Dylan was even born this was something that we had decided we would make sure we did, I think its important for all children to get a chance to do whatever they want for a day, have all the attention on them and be made to feel as special and wonderful as they are!
It is even more important to us now with everything that we are going through with Dylan as I don’t want her to miss out on all the typical “kid” things that he wouldn’t particularly enjoy. I also don’t want her to grow up resenting her brother because she didn’t get to do things she wanted to because of him. We try our best to do things as a family but it is tough, and I don’t like taking her out and having to say her to her that if Dylan doesn’t like it we have to go. She is wonderful with him though because if I take them to the park and he starts to get  upset she will come over to me and say “ok mummy time to go!” As much as this is wonderful, it’s not fair on a five-year old.

On our day out she decided she wanted to start with lunch at Little Wing Pizzeria! What a wonderful little spot, I love it. I am simply a huge pizza fan and they make exceptionally delicious ones! When we sat down she was super excited to pick off the menu herself and then get to colouring it in! She chose the minestrone soup as she liked the sound of it coming in a cup! When it arrived it was super cute in a teeny tiny cup, and she dove right in. Unfortunately though she wasn’t a big fan of this soup but to make it an even better experience the girl serving us then got her dough sticks  instead which she quickly devoured! Not only was this fantastic customer service but when she brought her over the dough sticks she told Amellia that is was great to try new things and that she was a super girl for trying the soup!
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whilst we waited for our mains then we got a chance to colour in the menu, it was wonderful! They had little bits for you to draw what you thought certain things would eat and a picture for you to find other items in and colour them in, she had a lot of fun doing this and got really excited when she found the things we were looking for in the picture! She had lasagna for her main and she really loved it, she ate it all up and enjoyed it so much!


One of her favourite parts of the dinner was getting an ice cream and a little mini hot chocolate in another tiny little cup! Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of these but they were just adorable! She also loved the fact that she got to have coke with her lunch and thought it was super special that it was in a glass bottle and not a little plastic cup!
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She then wanted to do a spot of shopping, so we popped into a few of her favourite shops and picked up a few bits and pieces. We then headed home and told her daddy and brother all that we had been up to and how she can’t wait to go there again!

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Ohh, I forgot to also tell you how wonderfully delicious my dinner was from Little Wing too, one of my favourite things that they do is there spicy cheesy bread for starters! I then had one of their pizzas for main which was just super as always.. I can’t remember exactly what one it was..doh.. but I do remember that it was yummy! We will certainly be back soon, I can’t wait for my next day out with her.
She is simply wonderful and really does not get enough credit ❤

Do you try to take your kids out on their own if you have more than one?
What do they love to do?

WeeOhana xx

 

 

 

4

Thai Green Curry

I decided that I wanted to try and make something different for myself and the hubby! When I was in Wales visiting my family my aunt made this amazing Green Thai curry so I asked her for the recipe! Whenever I made it, it was also delicious so I thought I would share the recipe with you guys! It was off BBC Good Food! I don’t have a link to the recipe on there as she emailed it to me without the link! On the recipe I followed the numbers at the end in Brackets, this made 4 lots of the curry paste! So I froze three so that it is an easy meal to make whenever we fancy it again! I made it with chicken! I know some of the ingredients sound a little strange, but I got them all easily from a supermarket.

Here is the recipe for the curry paste;

Ingredients – enough paste for 4 ( x 4)


2-3 medium green chillies, de-seeded and roughly chopped ( 8 )
1 shallot, roughly chopped (1 large onion )
2.5cm/1in piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (10cm )
1 garlic clove, crushed ( 4 )
small bunch of fresh coriander, stalks and roots attached ( large bunch )
1 lemongrass stalks, chopped ( 3 tsp from jar )
½ lime, grated zest and juice ( 2 )
4 kaffir lime leaves, torn into pieces (if unavailable, grated zest of ½ extra lime) ( 10 )
1.5cm piece galangal, peeled and chopped (use extra ginger if unavailable ) (2 tsp jar )
½ tbsp coriander seeds, crushed ( 4 tsp ground )
½ tsp ground cumin ( 2 tsp)
½ tsp black peppercorns, crushed ( 2 tsp from mill )
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce ( 4tbsp )
1½ tbsp olive oil (5 tbsp )

Method

Blitz everything together in a food processer or mix everything by hand using a pestle and mortar (or plastic bowl and end of a rolling pin if you dont have one of these either). By hand gives you a chunkier paste but the flavours are as good and it feels a bit more rustic

 

This is how my paste looked after it was all made!

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Then I added it to a big saucepan, added a tin of coconut and brought it to the boil! After that then I added the chicken which I had previously diced and brought the paste down to a simmer! I then left that to simmer for half an hour.. and hey presto it was done and delicious! Even if i must say so myself!  So as you can see it is really a quick and easy meal once the paste has been made!

This is it cooking in the pot;

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I then made some noddles and a nan to go along with it! Here is a picture of the finished thing;

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I would love to hear if you guys make this and what you think of it! Enjoy! =]

WeeOhana xx