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Fathers’ Day menus

Fathers Day Menus

Show Dad, Grandpa or your other special person how much you care, by making one of our fail-safe menus to say “Happy Fathers’ Day”.  Wow your guests with one of the easy brunch, barbecue or dinner Fathers’ Day menus below.

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Crock Pot (Slow Cooker) Potato Chowder

My favourite comfort food.

My slow cooker potato chowder only takes 15 minutes to prepare, then simmers away in a slow cooker until you’re ready to serve it.

For non-vegetarians

Garnish it with bacon strips and/or turn it into a prawn (shrimp) chowder simply by adding shelled and deveined fresh prawns 30 mins before it finishes cooking. Read more

Stroganoff Three Ways

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As my love affair with food that involves carbs and creamy sauces unashamedly continues, here’s another flexitarian recipe –  Stroganoff Three Ways.  Based on the 1970s icon Beef Stroganoff,  my mushroom stroganoff is easily turned into a traditional stroganoff by adding rump/fillet beef or chicken strips when you fry the mushrooms.

For non-vegetarians

Fry the beef/chicken strips separately and pour the stroganoff  sauce over them as you would a mushroom sauce.  Read more

Boulangere potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Layers of potato and onion cooked in butter and stock. A delicious side dish for meat, fish, or vegetarian dishes. To make the dish more substantial, add some grated cheese, sprinkled over the top just before you bake it. The chilli flakes are optional.

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Slow Cooker Herbed Potatoes

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Slow cooker herbed potatoes

These delicious slow cooker herbed potatoes are addictive. They’re an easy side dish, healthier than roast potatoes,  with less mess and a much faster cleanup.

Only 10 minutes prep, then you don’t need to touch them until they’re ready to serve.

And there’s a bonus – the oil and herbs left in the slow cooker make a delicious piping hot herby, peppery jus.  Read more

Crock Pot Lasagna

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Crock pot lasanga

This is a truly creamy, cheesy lasagna.  Prepare in 10 mins, assemble in your crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.

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Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone soup

A beautiful minestrone soup, warming, nutritious and filling.

Based on vegetable stock, with onion, zucchini, beans, celery, tomatoes, carrot, spinach, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, thyme and pasta, my minestrone soup packs a powerful nutritious punch as well as being vegetarian, easy to make and delicious.   Read more

Seasoned Potato Wedges with Rosemary

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These seasoned potato wedges with rosemary are very, very good.  And very, very healthy when compared to french fries or deep fried chips.

Delicious, easy, oven-roasted and on the table in 30 minutes.   Make them your own by adding your choice of herbs and seasoning – chili flakes, paprika, oregano and tarragon all work well (individually).   Read more

Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

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Broccoli and cheese quiche

Use a frozen flan case and cut prep time down to 10 minutes.  Serve with a salad and garlic bread for an easy after-work dinner. Read more

Curried Red Lentil Soup

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Simple, comforting and healthy, my red lentil soup is nutritious and vegetarian-friendly.  The addition of mild curry powder gives it a flavour boost without being overpowering.  Eat now, make ahead for work lunches or freeze for later.  Read more