Mother’s Day is usually the day when restaurants are pumping as most families spoil mom by treating her to a scrumptious meal away from home. It’s a great deal for everyone involved, as the result is everyone has a full tummy and no-one has to scour away on dirty dishes.
Father’s Day, on the other hand, usually becomes mom’s problem. What to cook, actually cooking the meal and then dishes upon dishes afterwards! There’s no need for it to be a perpetual day of setting out tasks and keeping a finger on rising dirty dishes. If a little bit of planning is conducted, cooking up a storm, serving eager members of family and having a sparkling clean kitchen can easily be obtained.
First things first: invite everyone you intend to join the feast. Once you have confirmed numbers it’s easy to start planning the menu. Be smart, don’t take it upon yourself to prepare all the dishes you want to serve. No one expects you to do all the cooking, anyways. Allocate items like bread or rolls, salad, side dishes and even dessert to attending family members. Obviously, if you make a killer baked chocolate self-saucing pudding that everyone always talk about, you’ll have to put dessert on your list.
Right, once your menu is planned and everyone knows what to bring, draw up your shopping list of ingredients and other smalls you’ll need. The secret to this part is not to leave shopping until the day before Father’s Day! Remember to add a gift for dad onto your list. Finalise your shopping early and finish off any preparation that can be finished off at least a day before the big day. Leave only the heavy cooking, like roasting off a cut of meat, for the day. In doing as much preparation as you can before the time, dishes can be kept to a minimum on the actual day. Also remember the power of clean as you go. It works and makes life so much easier!
Now, on the day, don’t be so silly to decline offers from anyone to assist with cleaning up. We always do that and then sit with tons of cleaning we have to do alone. Graciously accept all offers and send home any leftovers of dishes that other people brought. It’ll only crowd your fridge and lead to extra cleaning you have to deal with.
The kids are always so eager to help spoil dad, so let them set the table, wrap gifts and once all of that is done, keep dad occupied while you finish up with the last titbits.
So, now that Father’s Day is sorted, here’s some inspiration for what to serve. Roasts are always a hit with just about everyone. It’s also an easier dish to prepare and delegating side dishes for roasts are also easy (you have to work smart here). Pasta dishes are a great option for cooking for crowds – think cheesy lasagne, hearty spaghetti Bolognese or flavourful seafood pasta with saffron and loads of garlic. All easy dishes that have lots of prep work that can be finished off ahead of time.
Soups are always great- especially as Father’s Day falls smack in the middle of winter. You can prepare the soup the day before and simply heat through before serving. Someone else can bring a crusty sourdough garlic loaf, perhaps. Possibilities are endless.
You can’t go wrong with a baked dessert – chocolate pudding, malva pudding or just about every dad out there’s favourite, jam roly poly!
We have an abundance of recipes to inspire you and assist along the way of making Father’s Day a happy, special day. It’s all online which makes it so easy to let other know what they can prepare and where they can find the recipe (after you’ve already chosen them)!
Most importantly, have a ball while “doing” Father’s Day!
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