This is my dad.
His name is David Jones (can you tell we’re Welsh?) and he’s my hero.
Dad never makes a big deal out of Father’s Day — he’s hugely behind Mother’s Day but doesn’t think he merits a celebration, which is ridiculous as he’s one of the most celebrate-able people I know. Therefore I am going back home on Friday to stay for the weekend, see my dad and tell him I love him.
Now, the way I see it there are two main aspects to Father’s Day — the presents and the food. There’s already a fabulous gift guide for Father’s Day on Peach Trees and Bumblebees, so that leaves me to talk about the food. And that’s my favourite part anyway. Here are some of my favourite things to cook for my dad, and some of the things I’m fairly sure your dad will love too.
For meals, there’s a whole selection of things your dad might like. This goat cheese alfredo was inspired by my dad, who loves mushroom alfredo. Or these bubble ‘n’ squeak cakes — my dad adores bubble ‘n’ squeak, but I hate it. In our house it’s called ‘yucky green stuff’, as that’s what I dubbed it as a child.
For something a bit more impressive, how about an orange and maple pork stir fry? This pomegranate chicken sounds unusual but is absolutely delicious. Or this pork tingy, which was so scrummy I promptly forgot the name I’d made up for it and dived straight in.
I made my dad this paprika roasted chicken with pumpkin for a twist on the usual Sunday roast, and it was very good indeed. As was this meatball and carrot bake. And if you want to show off, you could do worse than my Bombay pie — but if it’s pie you’re in the mood for, this chicken, bacon and leek pie is amazing.
And then there’s stuff to bake for dessert. It all depends on what kind of thing your dad likes — a Mars Bar cookie, or a chocolate chip banana bread, maybe? I know exactly what I’m making my dad — an individual bread and butter pudding, which is a recipe I made up specially for him because he’d crave them so often when mum and I were dieting.
Then again, it’s clear from his face that he liked my chocolate Guinness cake…
Whatever you make for your dad this weekend, I’m sure he’ll love it. It’s you he’ll want to see, after all.
Love, Amy xx