My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
- Jim ValvanoHi everyone! After being in Melbourne for about 2 weeks, I am finally back in Singapore again. This is the third weekend of June. Do you know what that means? It is Father's Day tomorrow! Special occasions such as this, always makes me think about my relationships with the people around me, so I thought I should share some thoughts about my dad (and some lovely Father’s Day recipes) here.
When I was younger, I used to compare my father with my friends’ fathers. My dad is like the typical stereotype of a Japanese dad – chauvinistic, non-affectionate, non-expressive. His work required him to travel frequently, so he was never really around for my birthdays, and many other special occasions; I thought he didn’t care about the family. I secretly wished he was more like my friends’ fathers who were always around to play with them, and buy them gifts.
But as I grew older, and was in a better position to understand my dad’s circumstances, I realized how immature I had been, and how wrong I was about my dad. While he has never told me how much he loved or cared about our family, his actions spoke louder than words. When he is not overseas for work, he is always the one cooking for us – well, at least most of the time; the one who makes sure we keep ourselves healthy and strong; the one who is always supportive of our decisions; and the one who encourages us to undertake new challenges in life – the great teacher and protector of the family.
Dads come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities; but I am certain about one thing – they all love their kids (even if they don’t express it), and are awesome in their own unique ways. I don’t have any new recipes to share today (because I was away), but I did a compilation of some lovely for Father’s Day recipes from various blogs. If you are looking for some Father’s Day menu inspiration, you should really check some of these out! Happy Father’s (and Grandfather’s) Day to all Dads!
Father's Day Recipe Roundup
Breakfast Sandwich topped with Sports Ball Cheese Slices by Hungry Happenings
Breakfast Pan ‘Cake’ by Savory Sweet Life
Baked Eggs by Live and Enliven [Gluten Free]
Bacon Jam by Not Quite Nigella [Gluten Free]
Spanish Omelette by Globetrotter Diaries [Gluten Free]
Sweet Corn Hash by Joy the Baker [Gluten Free]
Chicken Mole Poblano by Fitter Than Choc [Gluten Free]
Grilled Beef and Mushroom Burger by Simply Recipes
Blue Cheese Sirloin by Cheeky Kitchen
Grilled Portobello Burgers with Chipotle Mayo by Clean Green Simple [Gluten Free + Vegan]
Golf Ball Cake Pops by One Fine Cookie
Fudgy Chocolate Brownies by Ezra Pound Cake
Father’s Day Cupcake by Babble.com
Sports Dipped Strawberries by Recipe Girl
Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie by Piece of Cake
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream by Cheeky Kitchen [Vegan]
Frozen Strawberry Cake by Bitter Sweet Blog [Vegan]
The Long and Tipsy Rocky Road Gluten-Free Brownie by Gluten Free Canteen [Gluten Free]
How is your dad like ? What are your plans for Father’s Day?