Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Netball, pasta, and a silver fox...

On Monday evening I had the rare chance of a night out for dinner without children. Obviously I jumped at it. The dinner was hosted by San Remo, to celebrate the fact that the Australian Netball Diamonds were in Adelaide.

Now, there are a few good reasons for me to get a bit excited by this -

1. My eldest daughter Olivia, who is nearly 8, is obsessed keen by all things netball - playing it, practicing it, watching it - she is crazy about it.  I played as a kid at school and adored it too...and as such I am loving that she is so mad about it.
4. My youngest daughter Lexie, at 5, is desperate to start Net Set Go, which is the starting point for all kids wanting to play netball, which is a joint venture between Netball Australia and San Remo
3. Despite the fact that I try to avoid carbs after lunch, I adore pasta. Hell, I adore carbs of any description, but particularly pasta.
3. I have a serious crush on Adam Swanson who is the San Remo brand ambassador chef. Three words - silver fox. Hot.

I had a brilliant night out. The food was sensational. I ate this, and it was truly divine. (The recipe is actually here - so I may well try and replicate it at home.)

More than all that though, I had the pleasure of meeting the Australian Netball Diamonds and seeing the passion in their eyes as they talked about the game, the team and the competition. It was inspiring and reminded me of how much I loved playing as a team, and why I am so grateful that my girls are discovering a love of the game too.

The Diamonds are playing New Zealand's Silver Ferns tonight, in Adelaide. I wish them the best of luck! I shall be watching on the TV, on the edge of my seat!

San Remo have kindly given me a San Remo Pasta Gift Pack to give away to one lucky reader - a pasta gift pack containing a whole stack of San Remo pastas, as well as an apron and cap.

All you need to do to enter is make sure you go an "Like" San Remo via their Facebook page and leave me a comment below, telling me your favourite pasta dish or your favourite silver fox - simple! (Available to Australian readers only. Winner picked at random. Closing date Tuesday 1st November.)

Did you play netball as a kid? Do your kids play now?
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  1. I love silver foxes.. HB is fast becomming one and I cant wait! George Clooney is my favourite ;)

    I really want Miss M to start netball, think shed love it and I love them getting into sport.. shes 7 next week so maybe its time to start thinking about it..

    Have liked san remo on facebook!

  2. I love netball and have been playing since I was 8. My bestie and I still play and we often joke we will be idling down the court with walking frames one day!
    Our eldest plays but hasn't much passion for it, am hoping the younger ones get a taste for it. Such a great game.

  3. Adam Swanson was as delicious as the food. And I had a wonderful evening. Miss you xx

  4. wow, looks fun, and yummy...
    ooo, mr. swanson is adorable...

    is netball like basketball or volleyball?

  5. It was a wonderful dinner with great people, great food and a hot chef! I can't ask for more! LOL

  6. I have a recipe for Spinach and Chicken Lasagne that I love, if only I could con someone else into making it for me!

    Have liked San Remo's FB Page.

  7. My fave pasta dish is spinach and ricotta cannelloni; it's a great, healthy meal and one the kids actually eat! I'm already a liker of San Remo on FB. Sounds like you has a great evening!

  8. My favourite pasta dish is probably good old spag bol.

  9. Have liked their page:)

    i love it simple, meatballs spaghetti! yums!

  10. Spag bol with chilli added :) delish!

    Have liked the San Remo page.

  11. Beef lasagne is my favourite pasta dish. My family all want lasagne for their birthday dinner, so we all love it.

  12. My favourite silver fox is George Clooney and my favourite pasta dish is lasagne.

  13. Liked San Remo on FB.
    HAS to be George C!!!!!
    Oh and vegetarian lasagne :)

  14. liked San Remo on facebook.

    My favourite would be spaghetti bolognaise :)


  15. The good ole, spaghetti bolognese is our all time favourite. slurping the spaghetti and sauce and letting it drip down your chin, divine. Thanks :)
    following gfc.


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