It seems like mother’s day was only a few weeks ago, but Dad deserves a bit of love on too. Here we’ve put together an inspirational little list of how Jamie can help you on Father’s Day. It’s a time to get the family together, get outdoors and make some memories. There are great gift ideas, lovely meals out and, of course, recipes that will blow his mind.
Let’s kick off with a dazzling recipe to wake him up on Sunday morning. It’s a Mexican-inspired breakfast. A good dosage of hot chillies kick-starts the metabolism and wakes you up, so this lovely brekkie is sure to get him off to lively start. Given that England are playing late on Saturday night in the World Cup, he may need a wake up call.
Jamie’s signature antipasti plank
How about giving dad the perfect way to showcase some of his favourite food with a Jamie’s Italian antipasti plank. They make cured meats, cheese and bite-sized veggie treats all the more exciting, just load it up and stick it in the middle of the table for everyone to dig in. It means family meals as they should be. If you want Jamie to provide the planks, why not visit a Jamie’s Italian? You’ll get £10 off the bill throughout June too!
Check out the Craft Beer Boys’ guide to beers your dad will like, or let them walk you through good beers to buy for a Sunday afternoon tipple. Don’t let him put up with sub-standard, watery beer – there’s a great craft beer scene out there to surprise and refresh. Get him something unusual like a smoked porter or even a hoppy craft lager.
A lunchtime lipsmacker
Cornish pasties, perfect in every way: pastry packets of tender peppery meat and veg that dad can hold in one hand while holding his beer in the other. Not for every day but as a lunchtime treat on Father’s Day, very little can compare. And they’re dead easy to make as well.
Stack of meat
If your old man loves a burger, then there are few better in London than one from Jamie’s Diner. Smack bang in the heart of the West End, Jamie’s Diner has a super-cool dino vibe going on and a very Dad-friendly menu. But it’s the burger that really is the biz. The Russian dressing is quite simply the best in town. And if you aren’t in the big smoke, don’t forget Jamie’s Italian-inspired buger at Jamie’s Italian is pretty special too!
Vegetarians need love too
Not all dad’s love meat, so if yours is a veggie, try this naughty Lincolnshire Poacher pie. It still ticks the treat box, and is tasty as hell, but all the knockout flavours come from the great cheese, minted courgettes and sweet baked shallots. Tell that’s not a great Sunday lunch.
The gift of barbecue
You know how all the dads gather around the barbecue at garden parties, well yours could be the envy of all the alpha males with the help of the flamin’ genius DJ BBQ. DJ has released his first book and it’s a bible to all things grillable. Get your copy now because they are selling fast… and if you don’t check out the recipes he gave us, including his rad rum ribs. They’ll be a big hit with Dad.
If you’re barbecuing, be ready for rain. And don’t forget veggies.
While we’re on the subject of the barby, why not really show off and cook him something really special outside – whatever the weather. It’s all about the meat when it comes to cooking over fire, but you can make some glorious vegetavles too. Here’s Jamie, cooking in the rain and giving you a masterclass in barbecued veg.
If I could arrange it there’d be a Barbecoa on my front doorstep, unfortunately at present there is only one of these Jamie Oliver gems and it’s right next to St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London. The restaurant prides itself on cooking on direct heat with barbecues and ovens designed specifically for the incredible meats it offers from the beautiful butchers downstairs. There is even a Father’s Day menu this year. But for those of you who live too far away…..
Perfect, perfect steak
There can be only one true way to your dad’s heart this Father’s Day and that’s to cook him the perfect steak. It’s an art form, but it’s simple and Jamie’s here to show you exactly how to get it just right. But remember this, the better the steak, the better the taste. Get sizzlin’.