Father’s Day 2017

Father’s Day is becoming quite the event as our girls grow. Homemade presents are in abundance (thanks to School and Daycare), and the girls seem to be at that perfect age and have a wonderful time spoiling their Dad on his special day.

After a relaxing morning filled with presents and cuddles, our annual Father’s Day tradition continued with a family lunch. And, as is the case each year, we selected an international theme for the meal.

This year – it was all things Greek! Starring freshly picked lemons and rosemary from our garden to give the table a Mediterranean feel.

We actually opted for a late lunch (linner), as it works well with the girls’ nap times and means that they can join us for the meal. Although as is the case each year, linner soon turns into dinner, as we chat and eat our way through the afternoon and into the evening.

On the menu this year?

Spinach and feta pinwheels to start – that I made the day before and reheated just before serving. Washed down with a pre-lunch cocktail – of course – a Santorini Sunrise.

Made with vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine.

For the main course – we served chicken souvlaki skewers, keftedes, roasted lemon potatoes, a burghul salad and a green salad. With homemade tzatziki and a fig and olive relish on the side, along with some flatbread.

And for dessert? This rather impressive-looking baklava cheesecake (recipe here).

A lovely baked vanilla cheesecake, with a honey / nut crumble and enclosed in filo pastry. Served with a honey cinnamon syrup. YUM!

And so another Father’s Day celebration came to an end, with full bellies and lots of laughs.

Adding another country to our list of Father’s Day lunch destinations too!

2013 – China

2014 – Turkey

2015 – Mexico

2016 – Italy

 

Father’s Day 2016

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…

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Italy!

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.

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The Food
IMG_9625 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.

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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.

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All together now!

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And for dessert – well I couldn’t pick just one. So a selection of Italian desserts it was!

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Cranberry and pistachio nougat, almond biscotti, cannoli (I bought the shells but made two fillings – a vanilla ricotta and a lemon ricotta).

IMG_9661And finally – mini tiramisu cups – for what Italian-themed meal would  be complete without the iconic tiramisu!

To drink

We started with an Italian-inspired cocktail, made with Campari, Cointreau, orange juice and lemonade. Slightly bitter, but very refreshing. IMG_9695

While during the meal, we had Italian beer and this lovely Chianti on offer.
IMG_9637 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!?)
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A very Happy Father’s Day indeed!

Father’s Day 2015

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This year, like most years, we celebrated Father’s Day with a little international flair. We’ve previously had Chinese, and Turkish, but this year it was all things Mexico!

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We actually had a ‘linner’ in place of brunch, so that everyone could attend.  And we ate, drank and chatted into the early evening.

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We served a variety of dishes – including slow-cooked pulled pork tacos, coleslaw, salsas and enchiladas.

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While to drink, there were a few options on offer. From Mexican beers, to mango margaritas and Mexican softdrinks.

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I had a lot of fun with the vibrant Mexican colours – with this pretty table runner and some potted cacti setting the scene.

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Dessert was a little fun too – with our piñata cake revealing a secret sweet surprise inside.

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And so our Father’s Day celebrations came to a close for another year. Deliciously filled with family and food (not to mention the extra addition to our family too!)

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What about you? How did you celebrate Father’s Day this year?

Father’s Day 2014

In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, we hosted a family Father’s Day brunch / lunch over the weekend.  And, as has been the case in the last two years (2012, 2013), we were blessed with perfect Spring weather and sunshine.

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This year, my inspiration for lunch came in the form of dessert. For I have been wanting to make baklava for a while now. So, working backwards, a ‘Turkish theme’ began to emerge.

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We aimed to to eat lunch around midday – given the little one’s nap time (she ended up falling asleep at the dinner table shortly after 1!). And, in the end, we didn’t worry about serving starters and mains separately, just loaded up the dinner table with everything when it came time to eat and “dug in”!

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There were homemade dips (carrot, beetroot, hummus) with the most delicious freshly baked bread from our local bakery. There were marinated olives, and a rather rustic attempt at spinach and feta borek.

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For main, Mr BBB worked his magic on the BBQ, grilling some meat we had marinated overnight (sis tavuk, kofte and lamb cutlets), served with buttery pilav rice and a chopped salad).

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But for dessert – it was all about baklava. And I was pretty happy with my first attempt (for working with filo is new to me). Layer upon layer of buttery, sweet goodness – and jam packed with pistachios and walnuts.

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Overall – it was a beautiful day,  blessed with great family and great company. And to celebrate the Father’s in our lives nonetheless! And while sadly I could not spend the day with my Dad (we are catching up with my family in a few weeks time) it was wonderful to spend the day with my ‘adopted’ Canberra family – with the surprise addition of Mr BBB’s niece and her husband who travelled here from interstate.

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It’s hard to believe that this time next year we will have a 7 month old and be a family of four!

What about you? How did you celebrate Fathers Day?

Father’s Day 2013

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It struck me, this past Sunday, just how much has changed over the last year. For on Father’s Day in 2012, Charlotte was more ‘baby’ than ‘toddler’, living in a onesie and chewing on anything and everything that she could get her hands on.  Her hair was more of a fluffy spike, and we were still nursing on demand. This year, however, Charlotte walked into the bedroom to give her Daddy his present, babbling and chatting the entire time.

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She sat with us at the dining table and feasted her way through our yum cha brunch.

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She explored in the sunshine after her nap, loving the company of her nearest and dearest.

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I was able to enjoy a few glasses of wine, without having to worry about nursing schedules. Yet while so much has changed over the last year, so much has stayed wonderfully the same… A close family to share a meal with, and to loiter in the sunshine with – chatting the afternoon away.

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An abundance of food gracing our dining table, and a love for cooking and entertaining ever present.

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And a delightful homemade sweet treat to end the meal, even if my first attempt had been more ‘flop’ than ‘puff’.

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But mostly our day was about the wonderful fathers we are fortunate enough to have in our lives. Loving fathers, kind and gentle fathers, present fathers. And while my Dad was not able to join us (he is interstate), the “Canberra” fathers were celebrated in yum cha style!

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And Charlotte and I got to celebrate the bestest Daddy my little girl could have ever wished for!

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A Happy Father’s Day indeed!

Father’s Day 2012

We had a truly wonderful day yesterday in celebration of Father’s Day – and in particular – Mr BBB’s first Father’s Day. IMG_0622 The sun was shining, Spring was in the air, food was abundant, the company was grand and baby cuddles were had by all. IMG_0676 A perfect day really. But I’ll let the photos do the talking… IMG_0625  IMG_0662 IMG_0728IMG_0668IMG_0695IMG_0700IMG_0701IMG_0711IMG_0663IMG_0665IMG_0684IMG_0690IMG_0720IMG_0735IMG_0740IMG_0628IMG_0636  IMG_0638IMG_0730IMG_0745IMG_0744 A happy Father’s Day indeed Smile