Several companies emailed me recently to ask if I wished to opt out of father’s day posts. I said ‘yes please, thank-you-very-much’ but obviously the PA systems in several of my local shops didn’t get the memo..
For those of us with just fond memories of Dad, it can be a sad reminder. My Dad, being a pragmatic kinda guy, didn’t subscribe to any of that old ‘Father’s day’ palaver anyway.
Having said that, he was always more than happy to eat the sweets and cake that came his way on Father’s Day! He had a real sweet tooth, and loved nothing more than a box of Liquorice Allsorts, and a nice cake, made especially for him.
So let’s see what Eating for Ireland has to offer for Dads, Father figures, Step Dads, people like a Father to me/you, Mums who double-up as Dads, Dads-to-be, and anyone else that I’ve missed out..
Here are some suggestions, although there are masses of alternatives on the Eating for Ireland website – don’t forget: it’s free, and there are no ads! :
LUNCH AT HOME:
You’ll know best what your Dad likes, but my experience of Fathers always points me in the direction of traditional plain food!
This one’s got bacon AND stuffing as well – you can’t go wrong! Easily prepped ahead, and refrigerated until you want to cook it..
Try it with my delicious creamy Potato Gratin
You literally can’t go wrong with my delicious Malaysian Beef Curry.. Make it the day before for an easy Father’s Day lunch!
Try my Sicilian Vegetarian Lasagne – make it a couple of days beforehand – it tastes all the better reheated!
A FATHER’S DAY PICNIC?
Head off to Dad’s favourite spot – Irish weather permitting – get the rugs and wind-breaks out, and have a yummy picnic!
Try my homemade Hummus and Tapenade:
How about my bacon-wrapped chicken (recipe above) cooked, cooled and sliced? It’s one of my favourite picnic foods – a couple of salads and you’re sorted!
Another huge Picnic favourite are these puff pastry pinwheels.. so yummy!
Well let’s face it, what self-respecting Dad is going to say NO to a trifle?
My Cheat’s Chocolate Trifle is welcome any time of year..
I also have a summer version, using Blueberry Muffins, a homemade (so, so easy) Blueberry Compote, and frozen or fresh Summer berries. – it looks less ‘wintery’ than the Chocolate version, and is just as delicious.
For me, nothing can beat a batch of scones, some homemade jam or Lemon Curd (my Dad’s favourite), perhaps some fresh berries, and a dollop of cream.
This dessert travels really well too, for a post-Picnic treat, or for serving up in someone else’s house. Just bring all the components separately, and let everyone build their own scone!
And finally… Chocolate cake! This family favourite recipe of mine will hit that chocolaty spot every time! Add some fresh Raspberries and some fresh cream for that extra special touch!
These are just a few suggestions, so if you don’t see anything you – or your Dad – fancy here, there are so many more suggestions and recipes available on the eating for Ireland website
Have a lovely father’s day!!