Our Father’s Day Feast

Mr. M is always on the look out for a bargain. Every time I take him grocery shopping I end up with a trolley full of ‘Reduced Quick Sell’ items. As a result, we have had a 5.5kg turkey in our chest freezer since The New Year.

Whole Turkey is readily available for the Christmas season and as a result, you can grab a bargain after everyone has celebrated. The huge bird cost us just $17, that’s just $3.10/kg.

The next challenge: when were we going to cook this mammoth bird? We had more than enough for our little family and wanted to share. We contemplated Christmas in July and that came and went so we settled on Father’s Day lunch. I really wanted a special lunch because it was Mr. M’s very first Father’s Day and he loves Turkey. We invited all our family and Mr. M cooked the tasty bird over charcoal on his spit. We had all the trimmings with Roasted Vegetables and Pudding for dessert.

After feeding our hungry family lunch, we still had a swaggering amount of leftover meat. This tasty meat is underrated and simply too good to waste. So for a quick weeknight dinner after work, I decided to make my own Vietnamese Meat Rolls.

Vietnamese or Banh Mi Rolls are gaining huge popularity around Adelaide but you can simply make your own at home. Traditionally made with Pork, I will use any leftover roast meat we have on hand. Pork, Turkey or Chicken will all provide the same tasty results. These rolls are light, tasty and quick. I fill fresh rolls with meat that has been fried off again, Kim Chi crunchy vegetables and top with fresh coriander and mint.

We are lucky enough to be surrounded by quality Asian supermarkets both located near home and work. Herbs that we don’t grow ourselves are purchased here. Large bunches of Coriander and Mint are just $1 each. These bunches are twice the size of that available at the supermarket and only a fraction of the price. You can also get Lemongrass, Curry Leaves, Spring Onions, and Bok Choy at a considerably cheaper price. Bean Sprouts set me back just 80 cents a bag. Our local store also has a great butcher hidden in the back but I will write about another time.

Matt also won the Father’s Day raffle at Childcare. We now have a 4.5 kg, 80cm long Toblerone to consume. Let’s see how I can utilise this in the next few months. Thankfully we have lots of friends and family who have already received chunks.


Happy Cooking xxx



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