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  • Monkey 9:04 am on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advert, blog, party, pizzaexpress, sponsored   

    Making pizza with the family 

    Father’s Day is around the corner, which means the same lovely but predictable parade of gifts including photo frames, neck ties, and I’m sure, somewhere, a photo frame made of discarded neckties. It’s not that we don’t love our glitter glue and macaroni art gifts or wacky golf tees in a commemorative box; on the contrary, I’ll treasure each one lovingly handed to me by The Kid. It’s just that in an era where technology means we’re more likely to FaceTime our children then actually spend time with them face to face, moments of creating and teaching can get lost.

    So fantastically, Pizza Express invited the Geek Family to their new swanky restaurant off Gloucester Road (converted from a ye olde bank) near the Natural History Museum, to learn about the mystical (well, mystical to me) art of making pizzas, getting just a little messy together and making some cool memories.

    The jovial host showed us to our pizza making station – which was covered in flour and dough – and showed everyone how to knead the dough and flip it about, which is much easier and more fun to do when you have lots of wide space (instead of a tiny galley of a kitchen) and you don’t need to mop up yourself afterwards!

    After the kids (including the father-aged ones) had rolled, kneaded and flipped the dough to a round shape (or a square shape if you’re a Dad who wants to show off and be all distinctive), it was time for the kids to choose their own ingredients. Our kid was a bit Gwyneth Paltrow minimalist in his choice of ingredients, and opted for tomato sauce – this is in itself a bit of an innovation, since he usually prefers his pizza plainer than Antarctica. Sadly for the kid, he was not given the option of adding gummi worms to his pizza. Myself, on the other hand, chose EVERY INGREDIENT AVAILABLE. So thus the kid’s minimalist pizza and Dad’s square pepperoni-ham-mushroom-olives-artichockes-cheesy feast pizza both went into the oven.

    Fifteen minutes later, piping hot and lovely pizzas emerged from the oven and this is where I learnt why square pizzas are not the world’s best idea (they tend to burn at the edges). Nevertheless, we all tucked in with gusto and The Kid ate a whole pizza by himself, which hardly ever happens.

    We all had a fun time, had some great memories and made some new friends – hello to fellow Dad, blogger, Twitterer and Whovian Lee Carey!

    Thanks to Pizza Express for inviting us, and they have a special Father’s Day offer on – Give Dad The Gift Of Pizza’ – where any starter and a main can be purchased from £11.95 this Father’s Day weekend.

  • Monkey 12:23 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: lunch, sponsored, warburton   

    Lunch is for wimps… 

    A delicious sandwichThis post was sponsored by Warbutons and Tots100

    This statement from Wall Street is so true – not because I “waste” an hour during my worktime doing non-work things, but because lunch usually exposes my lack of creativity when it comes to making it. Too often, I’ll resort to a basic ham’n’cheese sandwich, or – if I’m really pushing out the boat – some chips or ramen noodles. Not entirely satisfying, one has to admit, but it does the job.

    But gosh darn it, it’s the 22nd century, surely lunch can be better than this?

    Fortunately, Warbutons came to the rescue by providing me with a lunch package specifically designed to make lunches fun again. Just with a bit of lettuce, avocado and a dash of English mustard, along with using their sandwich thin bread – a cross between a wrap and a slice of bread – it’s something new and a bit more fun for lunch.

    Head along to Warbutons’ Facebook page to see more ideas on how to make lunch more fun…

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