One of my favourite meal times are the occasions when everything is piled into the middle of the table and we all tuck in. With 2 teenagers as my regular dining companions, it’s usually a case of shove food in & go while the toddler and I try to decipher the adolescent grunts. But those meal times, when it’s all laid out and we have to share are much more sociable so for a change of scenery, we took one of these family meal sharing moments to our local Prezzo to see if the La Familiagra Sharing pasta bowls had the same effect.
me; “So kiddos, it’s spag bol, ham or chicken. What is everyone fancying?”
Words are kept to a minimum between the ages of 13 & 17 in our house!
We went for a Penne Alla Rusticana – a tomato sauce and chicken & bacon pasta dish and our meal also came with 2 sides of garlic bread, great for mopping up the sauce. (Being vegetarian at this point took a side step as both Maddie, Jordi’s girlfriend and I were left to pick out the meat!)
We were on a tight schedule for getting back to pick up Ronnie from my mum & step dad’s so not having to browse a menu for too long meant we’d ordered drinks and our main dish within less than 10 minutes of arriving and the food being on our table pretty quickly afterwards. This all seemed way too easy and stress free!
Arriving in a large sharing bowl, it was up to me to play mum dishing up to each of us. There was none of that diving in, each man for themselves business, it was all very conservative. (Probably due to Jordi’s girlfriend joining us.) And bizarrely, with 3 teenagers in the group, we had leftovers, even after I dished up a round of seconds, sneaky making sure we all got a share of peppers to boost our 5 a day.
My sharing style is based on age order for the kids. Even with Ky’s appetite catching up with his brother’s, it still has to be quite tactical as Jordi will always demand the biggest share in honour of being the eldest and then the smallest portion for yours truly. It must be a family trait as I remember my mum always having the smallest portions when we were growing up.
This was a perfect midweek treat for a busy family without getting in the way of homework, yet still long enough to spend much-needed quality time. Moments like these are perfect for catching up while sharing a nice meal and definitely one we’ll be doing again sometime.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo.