Father’s Day Ideas

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The time of year has come again to celebrate the special men in our lives. Whether it be your dad or the father of your children, Fathers Day is the special day that we can show how much we appreciate them and how we love them being in our lives.

Dad’s (in whatever form they may come) are important to us. They are a pillar of strength and a wealth of wisdom. They make us laugh, console us with a big bear hug when we are sad and nourish us with a perfectly cooked steak from the BBQ when we are hungry!

So how about honoring your father this year by showing your love through food and organising a picnic, an intimate family dinner or consider throwing a party!

Pick a destination like the Royal Botanical GardensManly Dam Reserve or any one of Sydney’s beautiful parks & beaches and order some gourmet platters or prepared BBQ items, ready to throw straight on the grill. Make sure you pack some entertainment like a frisby, a football or card games for everyone to enjoy.

Feel like staying indoors? Organise a poker night with your family. Pre-order your dad’s favourite dishes from our dinner party menu and have a chef & waiter take away all the stress for you and allow you to spend quality time with dad. We will take care of everything for you, from setting the table to washing & drying the dishes.

If you’re in the mood to celebrate on a larger scale what better way to do it than throw a party for Fathers day? Gather the family or a group of awesome dads and throw a shindig in their honour. You could make it dad-themed, with games like mini golf or darts or hire some table tennis tables and run a tournament. At Figmint we have a range of fantastic buffet style catering options or if you prefer quick easy bites, consider a cocktail style event featuring a DIY burger bar or taco station.

Whatever you decide to do this Sunday, we hope that your day is as memorable and amazing as Dad is!

10 Things To Do With Leftover Roasted Vegetables

Winter leads itself to warm roasts. But if you are like me and always cook too much (must the the caterer in me!) what can you do with the leftover veggies? There’s definitely no need to throw them away. Leftover vegetables can save you time in preparing for your meals the next day. Let me show you how, I’ve got 10 great tips on how to use them:-

Roasted Vegetable Frittata

Saute some onions, leeks & fresh thyme. Mix in your leftover veg. Beat eggs, a dash of cream, salt & pepper. Mix all together, pour in into a non stick saucepan and bake in the oven. Voila!

Vegetarian Lasagne

Turn your veggies into a family favourite sans meat.

Vegetable Tart

Who doesn’t love pastry? Use your veggies to jazz up a tart, serve with some slow roasted  cherry tomatoes, rocket and pesto on the side. Lunch is served.

Pureed Vegetable Soup

Heat your leftover veggies in a saucepan, add some vegetable or chicken stock and some fresh herbs, then puree into a creamy full-of-goodness soup.

Vegetarian Enchiladas

Chop your veggies into small cubes, mix in some kidney or pinto beans. Wrap them up with a tortilla, smother with sour cream & grated cheddar. Bake in a hot oven then serve with guacamole and fresh tomato salsa. (and maybe a Margarita!)

Roasted Vegetable and Hummus Wraps

Smear a wrap in homemade or store-bought hummus, add baby spinach, your leftover veggies and crumbled feta and you have a 5 minute meal. Done.

Roasted Vegetable Curry

I have a homemade curry paste kept in a jar in my fridge so that I can make a curry in a hurry! Saute off the paste, add coconut milk, my veggies, a squeeze of fresh lime. Steam some rice and top off with fresh coriander.

Vegetable & Feta Pizza

Purchase a pizza base from the supermarket (pita bread will do too!). Top with passata or tomato paste, sprinkle with oregano. Then add your veggies, feta cheese, grated mozzarella and fresh basil. Buon Appetito!

Breakfast Omelette

For a great start to the day, use your veggies in an omelette. Serve with slow roasted tomatoes and mushrooms.

So maybe next time you cook a roast or even just when you have the oven on cooking something else, you can consider adding a few extra veggies….

 

Grazing Table Menus

Grazing Table 2

Designed to be a ‘feast for your guests eyes’. A table is laid with platters of Meats, Fish, Cheeses, Antipasti, Dips, Breads & Crackers. Ideal for venues with limited kitchen faciliiies. The table is self service. It’s a lighter alternative to a buffet or can be substituted for a canape service

Figmint Grazing Table Menus

Option 1

Vegetarian Antipasti Platter V, GF

Sliced Beef, Shaved Parmesan & Pesto GF

Fennel Baked Trout, Smashed Peas & Shaved Fennel GF

Pumpkin, Leek & Feta Frittata V, GF

Hummus & Baba Ghanoush V, GF

Lemon & Rosemary Marinated Olives V, GF

Australian Cheeses, Glazed Figs & Dried Fruits V, GF

Homemade Lavosh & Spiced Pita Wedges

Disposable Plates, Cutlery & Napkins

Option 2

Vegetarian Antipasti Platter

Smoked Salmon, Sliced Lemon, Capers & Dill GF

Proscuitto, Salami, Artichokes & Stuffed Vine Leaves

Fennel Baked Trout, Smashed Peas & Shaved Fennel GF

Chermoula Spiced Chicken with Minted Yoghurt

Sliced Beef, Shaved Parmesan & Pesto GF

Pumpkin, Leek & Feta Frittata V, GF

Hummus & Baba Ghanoush

Lemon & Rosemary Marinated Olives

Australian Cheeses, Glazed Figs & Dried Fruits

Homemade Lavosh, Spiced Pita Wedges

Disposable Plates, Cutlery & Napkins

Option 3

Vegetarian Antipasti Platter

Smoked Salmon, Sliced Lemon, Capers & Dill GF

Fennel Baked Trout, Smashed Peas & Shaved Fennel GF

Chermoula Spiced Chicken with Minted Yoghurt

Sliced Beef, Shaved Parmesan & Pesto GF

Glazed Leg of Ham, Mustards

Pumpkin, Leek & Feta Frittata V, GF

Hummus & Baba Ghanoush

Baked Ricotta

Lemon & Rosemary Marinated Olives

Australian Cheeses, Glazed Figs & Dried Fruits

Mini Rolls, Homemade Lavosh, Spiced Pita Wedges

Disposable Plates, Cutlery & Napkins

To enquire about Figmint’s Grazing Tables click here.

Confetti Fair 2016

Confetti Fair was so much fun! Filled with all things party, the Inglis Stables was an explosion of colour, creativity & craziness!

There were cake decorators, photo booths, stylists, face painters, florists, even mobile ceramic painting…

Figmint showcased our ever popular grazing tables. Vibrant, healthy and a feast for both the eyes and the stomach.

We got the chance to introduce more people to The High-Heeled Hostess – Mastering the art of entertaining at home and it was really well received. I had a lady purchase a copy and have her photo taken with me which made me truly feel like an author!

I also did my first ever demo. I made two canapés from the book and discussed some of our party planning secrets.

Thanks to Claire and the rest of the stall holders for such a successful day!

Baked Ricotta Peppered Beef Spiced Cauliflower Grazing Table Baked Trout with Fennel & Smashed Peas Char-grilled Zucchini & Mint Confetti Fair 2016-3192 Confetti Fair 2016-3193 Confetti Fair 2016-3188

 

Credits: Flowers by Petal & Fern, Photos by Live Photography