Sunday, 4 September 2011

A Good Spread

I'm not too sure what exactly makes a good spread when entertaining amongst either Friends or Family, whether it is the people you are with or the food or both. But there is one thing for certain the Spread of which was put on for Father's Day Celebrations was simple, easy and well enjoyed by all.

To enjoy a Sunday afternoon with family relaxing with a glass of bubbly or perhaps a glass of red whilst catching up on events, eating salmon roulade, BBQ prawns,marinated vegies and of course the crowd pleasing every event dish of 'Dips and Bread' is always a great start to anyones celebrations.

Toasting to the Father's of the family, Communal platters of beautifully cooked steak along with beef burgers, sausages and chicken accompanied by an array of salad is one of my favorite main meals. Bowls get passed left and right with meat platters trying to be balanced as the weight of it weakens your arms as you wait for the person to take it from you. The chatter from the table of the family of 15 making sure the kids are happy with their bangers in bread with sauce and that everyone is right for a drink fill the room, followed by laughter about memories from the past whether it be years ago or just yesterday news along with the occasional Dad joke in between, cause without it it would not be a traditional Father's Day.

Banana Caramel Fudge cake made by Kylie
Plates are removed and dessert it showered on us within moments of a quite tasty 'Banana Caramel Fudge' cake and a 'Chocolate' Cheese cake, cheese plate, Biscotti, Fudge and Mints. Who knew spots were found in everyones stomaches to continue the feasting accompanied by tea and coffee.

As kids get restless from the hours of sitting the adults watch them run around and the middle aged children (16-30 yr olds) gather the children's puzzles and entertain themselves in races on who can finish them first. This of course causes great interest by all, and as no one is wanting to leave the table due to their stomaches weighing them down cheers are raised and adjudicators made on who is cheating.

It is always a pleasure to enjoy a relaxing day with good food and good family or friends. Not having to rush through it because your table has been booked in 2 hours time. A 5 hour day of talking, laughing and dining is only done on days such as Father's Day, Mother's Day, Birthday's or Christmas but should be done more often. You don't need a reason to enjoy a Communal event where everyone comes together and brings something along. A lot of people forget this and dine out and don't realise that something simple is enjoyed more than trying to impress.

The Dad's of the Family left to right: Ian, Ian Jnr, Peter & Tom - my dad
So to all the Dad's out there Happy Father's Day to you. To my Dad - without you I would not be bought into this world, you have filled my life with the Dad Jokes, laughed with me (or at me sometimes), taught me things and been a believer in me. I couldn't have asked for anything better.

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