18 June 2010

Celebrate the Special Men in Your Life with a Traditional Barbecue

Happy Father's Day to all the special men in your life!!!! To all the fathers, brothers, uncles and sons out there or any combination of the above!!!!! Father's Day is a day when we can tell you how much we appreciate all that you have done over the years and for being the loving and caring people that you are. I know that we should tell you more often each and every day, but Sunday will be a day set aside just for you in your Hallmark moment.

As we speak my Mom and Dad are in Britain hiking the mountains and dales of the Lake District...in their 80's. My Dad is an amazing man who even through adult eyes can do anything. He is always there when you need a helping hand, can bake a mean loaf of bread and makes the best potato fritters known to man.
He is a talented stained glass artist painstakingly saudering thousands of pieces in each original window and lampshade and loves to ski at his local ski hill (sometimes in the half pipe and on the moguls) every morning during the season. He has learned to fly, and dreams of travelling to Chili to ski this summer. Skiing in the Andes is an exhilarating combination of Latin culture and the exciting terrain served up on the world’s longest exposed mountain range will be something for the memory books.
This sounds like an ad for a dating site doesn't it? He has piercing blue eyes and a captivating smile, likes long walks on the beach... Family vacations were always spent at the beach but these days he walks along the waterways in his home town and of course there is always hiking in the Lake District. Sorry ladies but he is taken and has been married to my beautiful mom for over 50 years!!!! I never had a chance to choose the man to be my Dad...but I sure thank my lucky stars for the taste my Mom had.

My dad has always been a vegetarian from the moment I could grasp his hand and discover the world... even when vegetarianism was not in the mainstream. I know that most of your dads and deserving men will not adhere to this lifestyle so here are some options to blow their socks off (did you buy your dad socks for Father's Day?) and to celebrate the day for those you adore.

What is more traditional than a barbecue on Father's day!!!!

Walk a little slower daddy
said a little child so small,
I'm following your footsteps
and I don't want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast
sometimes they are hard to see,
so walk a little slower daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up
you are what I want to be,
then I will have a little child
who will want to follow me.

I would want to lead just right
and know that I was true,
so walk a little slower daddy,
For I must follow you!


Fire Seared Antipasto Platter with Halloumi
Barbequed Marinated Goat's Cheese In Vine Leaf Parcels
Char-Grilled Halloumi with Tomato Olive Dressing 
Sliders with Tomato Aioli


Fajita Burger with Guacamole
Bruschetta Burgers
Bourbon and Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Garlic-Chive Mashed Potatoes
The Ultimate Fajitas with Guacamole
Tex-Mex Burgers
Barbecued Lamb and Beef Kofte
Spanakopita Inspired Burgers with Greek 'Tude
Canadian Burgers
Grilled Burgers with Feta Aioli
Val's Wanna -Be Greek Burgers

Fish and Seafood
Citrus Herb Salmon
Barbecue Maple Glazed Salmon Skewers
Maple Grilled Salmon

Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Coconut Rice
Chicken with Balsamic Barbecue Sauce
Souvlakia with Tzatziki
Cindy's Lemon Garlic Chicken
Barbecued Chicken with Grape Leaves & Goat Cheese
Spiced Chicken Skewers with Raita
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Log
Greek Inspired Chicken Burger with Tomato-Feta Relish

Greek Salad with Oregano Marinated Chicken
Grilled Spatchcock Chicken with Saltsa Yiaourtiou
Barbecued Chicken With Vine Leaves & Goat Cheese
Barbecued Turkey Breast Stuffed with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese
Chicken Caprese Sandwich
Ginger-Lime Marinated Chicken Skewers
Grilled Chicken Club with Garlic Pesto Mayonnaise
Grilled Mexican Chicken with Tomato Avocado Salsa
Grilled Chicken with Orange, Honey and Chipotle glaze (Pollo a la parrilla con salsa de naranja, miel y chipotle)
Grilled Stuffed Chicken (with Roasted Garlic)
Mustard and Rosemary Barbecued Chicken


Butterflied Grilled Leg of Lamb with Vegetables and Lemon Herb Dressing
Grilled Lamb Chops with Tzatziki
Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin Kebabs

Barbecued Spiced Lamb Sliders
Christines Souvlaki
Val's Wanna-Be Greek Burgers


Stick to You Barbecue Ribs
Spicy Skewered Pork (Sosaties) with Tomato and Red Onion Salad


Black Bean Quesadillas
Barbecued Stuffed Peppers with Feta and Herbs
Grilled Flatbread with Ricotta and Tomatoes
Grilled Pizza with Pesto and Herb Salad


Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Chive Dressing
Barbecued Corn on the Cob
Barbecued Baby Pattypan Squash
Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)
Barbecued Sweet Potatoe Wedges
Grilled Black Bean Quesadillas
Grilled Pesto Peppers

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  1. What a beautiful story to tell on Father's day!

  2. Val, your father sounds like an amazing man- it's quite easy to see where you came from. Have a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. What a beautiful story of your dad. You are so fortunate to still have him in your life. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. What a sweet post! Happy Father's Day to your dad. He sounds like one amazing man!

  5. A wonderful man! have a great Father's Day.



  6. He sounds like an amazing man and if he goes to Chili he'll have amazing food. You sound like his biggest fan :-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. What a post! Happy Father's Day to your Dad!

  8. Your Dad is amazing and lovely man dear Valli!!Said him we wait for him in Chile, we will happy to received him if come here.
    Send you huggs to you and him specially in this date!!! huggss xxooxoxoxo gloria

  9. Your tribute to your dad is beautiful, Val. He sounds like a very special person indeed.

    I don't even know where to start on your list of mouthwatering recipes. I think I'll just close my eyes and point.

  10. What a sweet tribute to your father. Now I see where all of your wonderful qualities came from. Thank you for sharing a little bit of him with the rest of us.

  11. I'm still having difficulty with Father's Day, surprisingly more this year than last, but I love the story you tell of your father. It brings the good kind of tears to my eyes.

  12. What a sweet tribute to your dad! I love the poem.

  13. Wonderful tribute to your father; I wish all the fathers in this world could be as exemplary.

  14. What a lovely Father's Day tribute! Your photos are wonderful. What a marvelous Dad you have and how super he and your Mom are well enough to take a hiking trip in GB!
    And I love your BBQ menu choices! How to choose??

  15. excellent homage to your pops, val! and my goodness, how could one ever narrow down this list of foods? i'd almost have to make each and every one to be satisfied. :)

  16. Val that has got to be one of the very best for father's day. I thank you!

  17. Thank you for introducing the wonderful man who is your father. My father passed away a decade ago--on Father's Day. I miss him.

    Happy Father's Day to all the fathers in your life.


  18. Thank you for sharing your father with us. He sounds like a terrific man.

  19. Val: The board is large with linear measurements. You can cut on it with a very sharp rolling cutter and it leaves no marks. Very mysterious! I'd never attempt an outfit. In fact, I still haven't finished the sleeveless, zipperless blouse from 7th grade home ec. And I was in 7th grade a long, long, long time ago!


  20. A really loving and beautiful piece. I hope they internet service on the hiking trail so that your father can see this tomorrow. Sorry you couldn't be with him on Father's Day.

  21. Hey Val, lovely post, here's to us men!

    David x

  22. Lots of great options for the Dads that deserve the best!

  23. A beautiful ode to your father....and I must say not the norm to find a vegetarian man around!!

  24. AnonymousJune 19, 2010

    What a wonderful story and a great tribute for Father's day!

  25. Beautiful post, just lovely. :-) Your family sounds wonderful and adventurous and dear. :-) Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

  26. What a passionate and thoughful tribute to your Papa.
    Your positive influences are certainly the main reason you are so special yourself;o)
    Thank you for sharing a great example of what Fathers should strive to be like.
    All the best, Claudia

  27. Beautiful post Val, your dad sounds amazing as well as your mom. Hiking at 80! There must be something said for all the healthy eating he's done all his life!

  28. What a lovely tribute to your father. Yes - it did sound like he was the catch of the century. An athlete,an artist, and a vegetarian. I have taken stained glass courses, and know how difficult it is - and am crazy over the art. So fortunate for you to be brought up in such an artistic and aware household.
    And a great idea to post past recipes for such an occasion for ideas!


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