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WHAT BETTER WAY TO SAY HAPPY FATHER’S DAY THAN TO COOK YOUR SPECIAL GUY AN INCREDIBLY YUMMY FATHER’S DAY FEAST????

 

Father’s day is coming up this weekend and it’s so important to really celebrate all the amazing dads out there.

Unfortunately my pops is no longer with me. So I know firsthand how difficult this day can be for some of you. My dad Ian, needed a medal for putting up with all the crazy stuff I got up to as a teenager. Despite the fact I was a hooligan, he was always my biggest fan. I only wish I could see him one more time to tell him how much I love him.

So if you are missing your pops just know he is with you celebrating from above. I am thinking of you too and sending you a huge hug.

On a brighter note I am going to whip up an all-out banquet for the world’s greatest dad… My husband Saul. The amount of hard work, patience and time he puts into raising my beautiful baby girl knows no limits. He is always about having fun and living life to the fullest.

He may not be my dad but he’s my number one guy and I want to celebrate him and thank him for all he does every day. He’s a meat kind of guy so I am gonna do a traditional style South African braai.

But I figured I’d give you a ton of brunch and lunch options to choose from. So here goes. Lots and lots of recipe choices.

Pick and choose to create your own menu and I have no doubt you will come up with a winning combination.

Let’s start with the BRUNCH OPTIONS

SHASHOUKA – one of my all time faves

SHASHOUKA

SMOKED SALMON & BAGEL BAR – a Sunday tradition in our house

SMOKED SALMON BAR

ORANGE & THYME SCONES – serve with five rose tea

ORANGE & THYME SCONES

ANYTIME STEAK AND EGGS – is there anything more perfect

ANYTIME-STEAK-&-EGGS

YOGHURT PARFAIT BAR – cause Greek Yoghurt is a must !!

YOGHURT-PARFAIT-BAR

GREEN SMOOTHIE – for all you health nuts !!

GREEN SMOOTHIE

SUMMERTIME FRUIT PLATTER – yummy

SUMMERTIME-FRUIT-PLATTER

ROSEMARY INFUSED FRUITY SANGRIA – everyone needs a cockatil

SANGRIA-WITH-CRANBERRIES

 

And now for the LUNCH OPTIONS

 

FIRST THE APPETIZERS

 

CRUDITES WITH ROASTED BEET HUMMUS – gorgeous

ROASTED-BEET-HUMMUS

SPICY HOT CHICKEN LIVERS AND ONIONS – obviously

GRILLED-PERI-PERI-LIVERS-AND-ONIONS

GOAT CHEESE WITH MARCONA ALMONDS & HONEY – insane

GOAT-CHEESE-WITH-MARCONA-ALMONDS-&-HONEY

Then we need a few SALAD OPTIONS

 

DRIED FRUIT & NUT SALAD – yes please

Dried-Fruit-&-Nut-Salad

APPLE DILL & APRICOT SLAW   – hell yeah

APPLE-APRICOT-SLAW-WITH-DILL-&-POPPY-SEEDS

CAPRESE SALAD EXTRAORDINAIRE – my absolute best

CAPRESE-SALAD-EXTRAORDINAIRE

GREEK KALE SALAD WITH A TWIST – delish

GREEK KALE SALAD WITH A TWIST

 

Now for some options for the  MAIN

 

GRILLED SALMON WITH CORN SALSA – heaven sent

GRILLED-SALMON-WITH-CORN-SALSA

GREEK LAMB WITH LEMON POTATOES – for the lamb lover

GREEK-LAMB-WITH-LEMON-POTATOES

CHICKEN SOSATIES WITH APRICOTS & ONIONS – old skool SA style

CHICKEN SOSATIES WITH APRICOTS & ONIONS

PASTA ALLA VODKA – Italy on a plate

PASTA-ALL-VODKA

BUFFALO MOZZARELLA ARUGULA & OLIVE PIZZA – duuuhh

BUFFALO-MOZZARELLA-ARUGULA-&-OLIVE-PIZZA

SAUL’S SIGNATURE BURGERS – check check check

SAUL'S-SIGNATURE-LAMB-BURGER

PAP & GRAVY WITH BOEREWORS – but of course

MIELIE PAP & GRAVY WITH BOEREWORS

HERB & CITRUS ROTISSERIE CHICKEN  – the very BEST!!

HERB ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

 

Then it is onto DESSSERT

SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESECAKE – so worth it

SOUTH-AFRICAN-CHEESECAKE

BAR-ONE CHOCOLATE SUNDAES – a real winner

BAR-ONE CHOCOLATE SUNDAES

NUTELLA & STRAWBERRY PIZZA – incredible

NUTELLA & STRAWBERRY PIZZA

OREO STUFFED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – oh so pretty & tasty

OREO-STUFFED-CHOCOLATE-CHIP-COOKIES

 

And the most important part I saved for last – A GORGEOUS COCKTAIL

BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITAS – I am complete now

BLOOD-ORANGE-MARGARITA

 

So there you have it. Whether you call him daddy, dad, pa, pops, old man, daddyo, papa or pappy…. He’s sure to be well fed and know he is loved this Father’s day.

xxx Chef MM

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