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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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Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Why would anyone post a recipe for Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches?

Well , the answer’s pretty simple.

Because they’re baked in the oven, they have less fat, oil, calories and cholesterol than the classic pan fried and ham and cheese sandwich.  But they’re just as comforting and filling.

In Australia and the United States, where 80% of my readers are based,  there are growing numbers of people looking to lose weight.  But losing weight is hard enough, without depriving yourself of your favourite comfort food.

Which is where my Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches shine like the little stars they are! 

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Ploughman’s Lunch

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Ploughman’s Lunch

Top a buttered baguette or crusty roll with cheddar cheese, pickled onions and chutney and you have a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch.

When making your Ploughman’s Lunch, select your cheese first, and build the rest of the meal around it.

Add your favourite condiments, build up your sandwich with your choice of extras and you’ll have an quick, easy vegetarian lunch that will carry you through to dinner.

For non-vegetarians

Add a few hard boiled eggs or slices of leg ham.

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Crock Pot (Slow Cooker) Potato Chowder

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My favourite comfort food!

My slow cooker potato soup has a smooth, creamy texture and is vegetarian-friendly.  It only takes 15 minutes to prepare, then simmers away in a slow cooker until you’re ready to serve it.

For non-vegetarians

Turn it into a prawn (shrimp) chowder simply by adding shelled and deveined fresh prawns 30 mins before it finishes cooking.   Read more

Avocado toast with brie and mustard (Brie, avocado and mustard melts)

Avocado toast with brie and mustard

Avocado toast with brie and mustard

Thickly spread avocado on your choice of toasted bread,topped with brie and mustard and broiled to perfection. Gourmet, fast and real food that’s good for you.
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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

Cream of Mushroom Soup

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Fresh mushrooms, cream, sherry and a touch of English mustard make an elegant cream of mushroom soup in 30 minutes.  Serve with crusty bread and a salad. Read more

Vegetarian Grilled Sandwiches

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Here are ten flavour-packed vegetarian and vegan grilled sandwiches that I’ve come across on some of my favourite food blogs.

They’ve all got something special about them – a Mexican flavour, a veggie take on a classic Philly cheesesteak, European inspiration, mushrooms (yep, mushrooms – to me mushrooms are a special thing!) and two vegan sandwiches – a grilled wrap with garama masala and hummus, and one with homemade vegan cheese. Read more

Cream of Celery Soup

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With only 5 mins needed to prep the ingredients, you can have fresh, healthy, homemade cream of celery soup on the table in 30 minutes.  Read more

Huevos a la flamenca (Eggs flamenco)

Huevos a la Flamenca

Huevos a la flamenca (Eggs flamenco)

Huevos a la flamenca, also known as Eggs flamenco or  Andalusian baked eggs, is a traditional Spanish dish, with many regional variations.

Regardless of its origin, the basic recipe for huevos a la flamenca is to gently fry onions, garlic, tomatoes and peppers, add a pinch of paprika, salt and pepper, crack eggs over the mixture, add your choice of herbs and bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks still soft.

Easy, quick, filling and delicious.  Serve with crusty bread or garlic bread fresh out of the oven to elevate this dish to a substantial meal.

 


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