This Sunday is Father’s Day in the UK which means that it’s time to treat your pops to something special. If your dad is anything like mine and notoriously hard to buy for then why not stick to the old adage that the the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and cook up a storm for ole’ pa. Traditional stereotypes would have you believe that men prefer meals that are meat-heavy and ideally prepared utilising some form of fire, but if your dad’s the unconventional type or you fancy breaking out from the silly gender norms that surround food, then why not opt for something a bit different. At any rate, we’ve a few suggestions for both traditional and non-traditional ‘man food’ that you could try out this Sunday.
Steak and Chips. The obvious choice for Father’s Day is to cook the largest steak you can find. If the weather’s good, stick it on the barbecue for extra dad appeal. It only needs a couple of minutes on the grill but your father will thank you for it. Serve with sweet potato fries for a delicious accompaniment.
Chicken Pot Pie. What’s not to love about an entire meal that’s encased in pastry?! A hearty classic that’s pure dad food.
Huevos Rancheros. A classic Mexican breakfast, huevos rancheros are fried eggs served on hot corn tortillas and smothered with salsa. Serve with refried beans for that extra protein kick.
Barbecued salmon kebabs. Marinate the salmon in a simple Asian sauce, thread onto skewers and barbecue away! A great option for your dad if he’s not a fiend for meat.
Barbecued Chicken Salad – For the more health-conscious dad, prepare a tasty chicken and bean salad. Jamie Oliver has a great recipe for one here.
Chicken Vindaloo. If your pa is the daredevil type then test his metal (and possibly his stomach) with a fiery vindaloo recipe.
Banoffee Pie – Dessert heaven! A classic for dads the nation over, who doesn’t like the sumptuous combination of banana, toffee and cream?!
Finally, to truly treat your dad, why not throw together the most manly of cocktails, the…
Hemingway Daiquiri! This was Ernest Hemingway’s cocktail of choice during the time he lived in Cuba. He was a huge fan of the daiquiri and modified it till he found the perfect one to suit his tastes which resulted in this boozy wonder! Try out on your dad if he’s a fan of cocktails, literature or both!
Here’s our recipe for the perfect Hemingway:
Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe
50ml light rum
15ml Maraschino liqueur
20ml fresh lime juice
20ml grapefruit juice
Pour all the ingredients in a shaker, fill up with ice then shake and strain into a cockail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Today is Free Food Friday the Father’s Day edition. Comment with your favourite ‘man eats’ to enter. 5 winners will be announced at 4pm and rewarded a £15 hungryhouse voucher.