Pamson Grill Leicester

We were pleasantly surprised when we walked into Pamson Grill located off London Road on Highfield Street. The restaurant had absolutely stunning interiors and was spacious, warm and inviting. Beautiful and comfortable, with a very family friendly ambience. They have a kids menu too which is extra fabulous for us as our child does not really eat spicy food. Ps. even black pepper is spicy for her! There was popcorn chicken, fish fingers or pasta for the child to choose from and she declared that their popcorn chicken was Deeeee-licious. I love that they made everything in house instead of some frozen food that they threw in the oven. Fresh popcorn chicken made to perfection for the little one.

Service was brilliant and the owner, Muhammed gave us very knowledgeable recommendations when we were going through their menu. They truly delivered when it came to their food (the most important thing when it comes to eating out) and gave our family a fantastic authentic Pakistani food experience. We were really impressed at the quality of the food, one bite and you can tell how fresh it is.

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We are huge meat lovers so we were going to order the usual suspects to start : Lamb chops and Seekh Kebabs. They highly recommended we try a vegetarian starter called Papri Chaat. It was my first time trying this dish and the Chaat was excellent. The dish is prepared with chickpeas, potatoes and spices and it was like an explosion of flavours in your mouth. My husband thinks the lamb chops here are beyond amazing and he would definitely come back again just for them. They were marinated very well and served on a sizzler with fried onions and peppers.

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Their starter portions were generous and I would have been happy to skip the mains and go straight to desserts but I was intrigued at what the mains would be like especially when the chef appears in front of you and starts whipping up your meal. My daughter was very amused and she loved the whole experience. The chef cooked their special dish called a Katakat in front of us. We tried their Chicken Tikka Katakat and it was an amazing curry like dish. Their Lamb Karahi was lush, with tender meat and served in a wok! As you probably know, we enjoy eating out and we frequent quite a number of Asian restaurants and I have to say the standard of food here is high and has a feel of a heartwarming homecooked meal.

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Chicken Tikka Katakat

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Lamb Karahi

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We had an overdose of good Pakistani food at Pamson Grill and I would highly recommend this restaurant for an enjoyable and interesting meal out. We had 2 little ones in tow as always and the meal was still fun and relaxing. I bet we will be regular visitors from now on!

Pamson Grill

8-10 Highfield St

Leicester LE2 1AB

Foolproof Recipe for the Best Chocolate Brownies

Looking for foolproof recipes? You are in the right place as I do all my baking with the child nowadays when she has special requests. Imagine all the distractions, a baking spatula and lots of ‘I think that is ENOUGH mixing’.  This baking ‘challenge’ came along in a very casual conversation about desserts with my 3 year old, and she just slotted ‘Mummy, can we make our own chocolate brownies?’. I promised her that we will do this joyful activity soon and this child never forgets.

‘Mummy, do you remember you said we could bake brownies together?’ ( x 15 )

I stumbled upon this recipe by Dini, The Flavor Bender (yes, I actually googled The Best Chocolate Brownies) and boy oh boy, its a WINNER. I have tried quite a few brownie recipes but there was nothing to shout about .. this one is incredibly LUSH and FUDGY. I have finally found my go to recipe for brownies. So, share I will!

We tweaked the recipe slightly as we had a chocolate emergency! I couldn’t locate any dark chocolate much to the toddler’s delight. We had to open bars and bars of little Hersheys and Cadbury milk chocolate. You can tell its a kids idea to mix chocolate .. as if a chocolate brownie will not be ‘chocolatey’ enough.

This recipe calls for warm melted butter. Oh I love butter, please even my child is obsessed with butter. She was eating chunks of butter before we even got started.

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Not as many pictures of us actually making the brownie mix as its no joke trying to bake something edible and trying to micro manage the child and a sleeping baby.

We used bar type moulds (oh they are clever!) as I never look forward to slicing them and then cleaning the knife blade after every cut. My edges are never neat and clean anyways and always lob – sided . Whoops. Well well, I found the perfect trick that the child really liked as well. ‘Brownie blocks’ eh?

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I like to grease and flour my moulds before adding batter. Added security measure although you can also skip this step and make sure its properly cooled before popping them out.

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Seriously, just look at that beautiful brownie crust. Its just so nice and crackly and very inviting. ‘Come and sink your teeth in me, hurry.’

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Peek at the serration from the mould. It was perfect for playgroup. It became bite-sized in seconds. No hassle 🙂

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Look at the child’s chocolate choice. It made the brownie very enjoyable in fact. The Hershey’s Cookie And Creme Bar was gooey and crunchy and a really nice addition I must add. (It was a ‘ran out of dark chocolate’ emergency if you recall)

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227g butter

170g brown sugar (1/2 cup)

170g white sugar (1/2 cup)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Melt butter. We used a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, you can also use the microwave. Use very warm butter. Add sugars and salt whilst it is warm and combine till you have a smooth mixture.

3 eggs

1 yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add the eggs and vanilla to the mixture. Whisk in the eggs until they have been incorporated into the butter sugar mix. You can use a hand mixer (much easier), whisk the butter-sugar-egg mix until the batter becomes pale in color. We used lots of ‘manual strength’. Just a spatula and a whisk 🙂

128g flour (2/3 cup)

80g cocoa powder (2/3 cup)

Sift and add into mixture. Mix until just combined. This is where I have to reinforce to the child that there should be no more mixing

226g ‘dark chocolate chunks’ ( We used 90g milk choc and 136g Hersheys )

We threw this in last, gave the mixture a little swirl with the spatula and poured the batter in to the mould.

Bake for 35 minutes at 176°C (350F).

Till the next bake or restaurant review?

Lots of love. xx

 

 

 

 

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Jimmy’s Killer Prawns

We love eating out. We love eating. Fullstop. Our family eating adventures aka ‘restaurant hopping’ is still going strong although nowadays I never write about it anymore as life takes over and takeaway is too convenient when you have to juggle 2 kiddies BUT …

There’s a new kid in town that spurred me to write a post to share just how much our family enjoyed our meal there. They claim that their food is addictive and oh boy it truly was. I am a huge fan of their killer prawns. We went there over the weekend and we even ‘Deliveroo-ed’ them the following day. Eeks ( not very kind to the wallet ). It just goes to show how addictive it was.

There’s something for everyone and if you are not a fan of seafood, there’s always the chicken or meat option. Be warned though, their portions are ENORMOUS. The prices are slightly steep but when you share your meal, it works out to be pretty good value for what you get.

We went for a combo as the other half wanted to have a bit of steak too. It was all about the prawns for me! Ours was served with rice, fries and their trio of sauces. The garlic butter was divine.

The Prawns are served whole in their shells and with their heads intact. The marinade on them was lovely. Its messy but the best way to enjoy them is to suck on the outer shell as its just so juicy. Gosh, I cannot believe I just wrote that. The grilled prawns were on point and I would come back again and again for them.

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IMG_3666.JPGKids meal. Our child adores prawns and she could have shared ours but we went for the spicy grilled prawns instead of the orignal flavour. Turns out, she loved it .. the spicy one. We did order her a kiddy meal though. Fried prawns with fries. She enjoys her food and its always a pleasure to watch her try a variety of food.

 

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We also ordered a starter to share and the waitress recommended we try the Red Prawn soup. One of the best I’ve tasted in a while, thick, rich, spicy and plenty of prawns in there.

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Not ready for food, oh little child but we bring you everywhere with us too.

Definitely worth a visit. Let me know what you think!

Jimmy’s Killer Prawns

58a London Rd

Leicester LE2 0QD

Summer Sun with 2!

Oh hello there! We have been very very very quiet on here but LOOK …

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We have been so blessed to welcome another precious daughter to our family in March and our little 3 year old mini ‘tornado’ is now a very proud big sister. I cannot quite believe that we are a family of four.

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We recently celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary and I successfully persuaded my dear husband to whisk us away for a short holiday. Well, we have not killed each other yet and that must be some reason to live a little and enjoy some ‘summer sun’. Little did we know that I chose the hottest place for a stopover. Everyone warned us about Dubai’s summer, I definitely underestimated it slightly but it is definitely doable and enjoyable even with young children.

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One thing I was very worried about was how the kids will cope with the heat and how do I protect their fragile skin. It even reached 45 degrees Celcious when we there, can you imagine. ( and I thought summer this year in the UK is warm enough ). Throughout July, WaterWipes have partnered up with a child dermatologist to highlight the importance of protecting baby skin throughout the summer months. Dr Wilkinson has provided a variety of top tips which proved very helpful to us especially when we were in Dubai.

Keep babies under 6 months in the shade.
Thank heavens for air conditioning everywhere out there. There are lots of indoor type attractions in Dubai so we did spent a chunk of our time indoors. We also managed to laze around by the pool to cool down. We were lucky that the hotel we stayed in had a shaded kids pool. By the way, did you know that sun cream is not tested on babies under 6 months and so should not be used. I slathered on lots to protect big sister though.

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It was also baby’s first time being exposed to potential skin irritants such as sweat, sand, sea water, chlorine and air conditioning. Little one has very sensitive skin. Actually both my kids have quite bad eczema growing up. We made sure to wash off chlorine in the shower as soon as possible and applied a moisturiser to the skin. Oh yes, do dry skin thoroughly after swimming before applying moisturiser in order to avoid locking in moisture. This is a common cause of nappy rash and is easily prevented by drying the skin.
We took extra care when we were out on holiday by only using tried and tested products to protect our children’s skin. No room for trial and error when we are on holiday. Littlest has been prescribed a bath emolient which we use daily and we ‘over’ moisturise their skin if that makes sense.
Another thing we love and use is WaterWipes. If you have been following us on Instagram, you might know that my eldest has a milk allergy which she is slowly outgrowing and the baby has eczema woes much to my dismay. Hence, we are very careful about products we use on their skin. Did you know that they are the only baby wipe to be approved by Allergy UK and the National Eczema Association of America. WaterWipes have been carefully designed to be gentle on babies sensitive skin and they are the world’s purest baby wipe that contains 99.9% water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract – a natural skin conditioner. They don’t irritate my children’s skin and makes parenting life slightly easier.
Another fabulous tip to avoid baby overheating is to dress them in loose clothing. This is by far my favourite part about summer : the adorable rompers and dresses and sunhats!

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This post has been written in partnership with WaterWipes. To find out more about WaterWipes, visit their website ( http://www.waterwipes.com ) or WaterWipes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Dairy Free Banana Bread

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Slightly crunchy crust and soft and moist on the inside. One of my all time favourite bakes, but this time around we found the most delicious dairy free recipe! Winner, winner chicken dinner! Too good not to share, I will not be using any other recipes for the rest of my life I don’t think. That’s how good it was. The best banana bread we have baked and its pretty much toddler-proof too. Baking with kids can be a different art form altogether, they eat ingredients and oh batter. So much batter, like the butter sugar mixture ( oh her favourite )! A little too much goes into her little mouth but I can’t help but chuckle as the approving Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm is hilarious and truly honest.

Before I share the recipe, check out our masterpiece 🙂

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1/2 cup butter (115g)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

4 bananas ( over ripe ones, finely crushed)

1 1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Cream butter and sugar. We used dairy free Stork. With a toddler, everything is simplified. I used a fork and she had lots of messy fun with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add eggs and crushed bananas
  3. Mix well
  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt. I should have sifted them before adding them but it turned out well even without the sifting. Add in the vanilla.
  5. Mix until just combined. Impossible not to over mix with an over-enthusiastic toddler.
  6. Poured into a greased and lined loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 175°C (350F) for 55 minutes.

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The banana flavour comes through very well in this banana bread. Still very impressed with this beaut of a cake, ps. we polished this off  in 2 days. Time to bake another but perhaps we will add in some chopped nuts this time!

Have fun baking.

 

 

 

Family dining at Leicester’s Boo Burger.

I am going to share with you our experience dining at Boo Burgers on London Road. I have a huge soft spot for family-run eateries and this restaurant definitely did not disappoint.

When you step in, you will be totally amazed at the clear branding and bright interiors. I was impressed. Its all in the little details and oh boy, I sure loved Boo’s finer details. Things like the wordings on the cups, the font of the menu and even their refillable drink machine. I kept wanting to shout out at my husband, Hey Boo! I kid you not.

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Refillable drinks at Boo

We dine with our toddler everywhere and this establishment is ultra kid friendly with their bright red high chairs and their special Boo.Kids menu. No stress and we get to enjoy our food in peace. She was definitely a happy Boo.Kid. Burger + fries + drink for £5! What a deal for the little ones and great job to the team for the comfortable and relaxed environment too.

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Let’s get to the MOST important and crucial part when dining out (or in) .. the taste and the quality of the food. I will let the pictures speak for themselves BUT will you just LOOK at that shiny cheese. Their cheesy fries takes the cake for me. It was so good, I LOVED it. Reasonably priced at £3 too. We also tried their Sticky as well as Buffalo Wings. The wings were on point, I preferred the Sticky and the husband enjoyed the Buffalo ones.

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Fries with CHEESE!

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Sticky Wings

I went all out and stuffed my face. Cheesy fries, wings, milkshake and of course one needs to try their burger. The place is called Boo Burger.

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The whole works. Boo Burger, fries and milkshake!

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I could not decide whether to have a beef or the chicken burger. Oh decisions decisions. Haha! I was thrilled with my Chick-A-Boo when I sunk my teeth into it. In all honesty, I knew my other half is going to order the classic beef one. Trust me to ‘test’ it too.

 

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Chick-A-Boo

The Chick-A-Boo’s deep fried chicken breast fillet was crunchy and oh so tasty. The sauce complemented the crispy fillet and the bun very well. (Shhh, it might have been better than a KFC Zinger burger and that is one of my all time guilty pleasures).

My other half tried Boo Burger’s Haystack served with onion strings! Just take a peek at that mouth watering burger. Whoops, I hope you were not too hungry. The thinner onion ‘strings’ were lush and a lovely addition to the burger.

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Haystack – with Onion STRINGS

Not only does the burgers get a huge thumbs up from the adults, the child loved it too. Funny enough, when I was pregnant with her .. all I wanted to eat was burgers.

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If you have a tenner, scoot along and try Boo Burger. Their high quality food really do speak for themselves and you get lovely service as well. Ps. why not eh? You will get to feast on a burger + fries + drink all for less than a tenner!

Boo Burger

138 London Rd, Leicester LE2 1EB

 

NB: We were invited to work with Boo Burger. All words, content, photos and opinions are entirely my own.

A Foodie’s Stroll along Covent Garden with a Toddler

Covent Garden, London. I absolutely adore strolling along its elegant piazza, taking in the atmosphere and enjoying the living statues and performers. There’s a true buzz to this place and my toddler loved running around chasing pigeons and observing the street entertainers. However, she did keep a safe distance from the incredible live statues. My other half is also kept entertained (much to my delight) as there’s an Apple shop which kept him occupied for a little while at least whilst I enjoyed a spot of window shopping.

Sssshhhh ,there’s also lots of ‘tummy temptations’. Its not a secret that I love eating and I have a very sweet tooth. First stop, Laduree! French macarons are one of my true weakness, I love them. (They are so expensive though) Their display is always impeccable and is always way too inviting. Aaaah, a little box to share.

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Even if it can get very crowded, I still enjoy looking around some tourist-friendly crafts. This stall in the Apple Market definitely caught my eye as my toddler absolutely loves dancing. The quote was so apt ‘ Born To Dance ‘.

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The Apple Market was gorgeous in all of it festive glory. We had a wonderful time catching a few shows, relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company.

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Time for sweet treat number 2. Intense dark chocolate soft serve with raspberry sauce on a crunchy waffle cone from Godiva. It was heavenly.

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Of course, after all these lovely sweet treats .. the toddler just had to announce that she was hungry. Starving in fact. We managed to squeeze in a few photographs before stumbling upon a friendly family-run restaurant, Pasta Brown. Luckily, they had smaller starter size pasta portions on their menu.

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Mummy daughter duo

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One with her grandpa

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One must dance, everywhere.

Hello, Pasta Brown.

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Gamberoni, butterfly king prawns sautéed in garlic butter with mixed leaves. The sauce was perfection.

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Spaghetti Alio Olio Alice. Chicken, brocolli, pine nuts, chilli, garlic and olive oil.

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Classic Bolognese which little one loved. Dairy and egg free option for her.

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I have a soft spot for family run restaurants and they dealt with all our requests very well. Delicious food is the main thing though. Mmmm! I would definitely go back. Do drop by if you are around Covent Garden, I have made a mental note in my head to explore the London Transport Museum the next time we are there.

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