As has become tradition, we celebrated Father’s Day this year with an internationally themed lunch with Mr BBB’s family. You might recall that we’ve previously done Turkish, Mexican and Chinese themes, but this year it was all about…
A great excuse to fill the table with copious amounts of food. Not that I generally need an excuse though….
Again, like other years, it was more of a late lunch (or linner?), which soon turned into dinner as we ate, drank and chatted our way into the evening.
We started with a big antipasto platter, with lots of favourite items picked up from the markets. Truffle salami, goats cheese, prosciutto, artichokes and chilli olives, just to name a few.
For main – we also had quite a few dishes on offer. Veal involtini and baked gnocchi with pancetta and sage were the main stars, with a leafy salad, eggplant caponata, caprese salad and a garlic sourdough served alongside.
All together now!
And for dessert – well I couldn’t pick just one. So a selection of Italian desserts it was!
Cranberry and pistachio nougat, almond biscotti, cannoli (I bought the shells but made two fillings – a vanilla ricotta and a lemon ricotta).
And finally – mini tiramisu cups – for what Italian-themed meal would be complete without the iconic tiramisu!
We started with an Italian-inspired cocktail, made with Campari, Cointreau, orange juice and lemonade. Slightly bitter, but very refreshing.
While during the meal, we had Italian beer and this lovely Chianti on offer.
Before too long, the sun started to set, and it was time to bid farewell to the family. I don’t know about them, but I’m pretty sure I had to let out my belt buckle a notch or two, which is always a sign of a good family gathering right? Not to mention the smiles all round from these two cheeky monkeys (or is that four!?)
A very Happy Father’s Day indeed!