Father’s Day 2019

Sleep-ins, smiles, sunshine and food – yes those seem to be the recurrent themes of Father’s Day these past few years. For Canberra again gave us an almost Spring-like weather to celebrate the main Man in our lives – and the girls ensured that he was well and truly spoilt throughout the day!

There was breakfast in bed, lots of homemade cards and gifts, followed by a ‘leave pass’ to go and get a massage!

 Not to mention our usual Father’s Day Linner which was, of course, given an international theme. This year – it was all things German!

Nibbles to start, served with a rather refreshing “Hugo” cocktail – made with gin, elderflower cordial and prosecco.

Followed by the main event – featuring homemade soft pretzels with garlic butter, mushroom tartlets, schnitzel and a variety of sides – potato salad, kale salad, marinated red cabbage and a cucumber / dill salad.

All together now!

And for dessert? Well why have one dessert when you can have two!

Warm apple strudel straight from the oven(not pictured), along with a chocolate fix in the form of a black forest inspired chocolate ripple cake.

And before we knew it, the afternoon had turned into evening, as we shared a wonderful day with family celebrating the fathers in our lives. Not to mention adding another food “destination” to our annual Father’s Day celebration.

And just because I can’t resist a trip down memory lane…


2013 – Chinese themed

2014 – Turkish themed

2015 – Mexican themed

2016 – Italian themed

2017 – Greek themed

2018 – Island themed

And finishing with 2019… German themed!

German inspired

This meal  was inspired by Mr BBB’s love of German food. Me, I can take it or leave it, but break out the bratwurst or leberwurst and Mr BBB is one happy man. So when he came across these knackwurst during our recent trip to the grocery store, they found their way into our shopping trolley without delay. IMG_7425 I was then left with the all important decision of what to make with them. IMG_7420 Although I know very little about preparing German cuisine, I do know that cabbage features quite prominently. IMG_7421 So to accompany the knackwurst, I opted to make a warm cabbage and apple side dish. IMG_7422 Cabbage, apple, onion, dijon mustard, butter, brown sugar, mustard powder and apple cider vinegar. IMG_7423  IMG_7424IMG_7426 Cooked for a good hour or so until the cabbage and apple had softened. Then in went the sliced knackwurst, and cooked for a further 30 minutes until warmed through. IMG_7427 Ok – this dish may not be much to look at.. IMG_7429 But you will have to trust me when I tell you that it was delicious. IMG_7430 Like ‘oh so’ delicious. IMG_7432 The knackwurst were quite tasty, but it was the soft, buttery sweet cabbage that had me swooning. IMG_7428 Who would have thought that the humble cabbage could end up so tasty!? What about you? Are you a fan of German food?