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Seasonal Favourites

Some delicious family winter warmers to choose from the What Dad Cooked repertoire.

Salmon en croûte

Salmon en croute are brilliant – part pie, part pastie, part Salmon Wellington – what’s not to like?

Halibut & Spicy Butternut Squash ‘Soup’

‘It’s great to watch dad cook like an alchemist, throwing ingredients into a pot. But we all know it will taste delicious…’

Homemade Squash and Ricotta Ravioli

‘Well this was absolutely beautiful! Dad always makes the best homemade pasta and I must say I did eat more than three…’

Mini Meatball Fedilini

This is a clever way with meat balls. As small individual portions it makes an elegant Italian starter. The smaller-sized meatballs and thin spaghetti also make a fun and wholesome dish for children. Or piled high on a big platter it makes a great family dish to share around the table.

Latest recipes

Check out Dad's latest homecooked dishes and recipes below. Or click recipes in the menu to browse through 6+ years of Dad's homecooking recipes for families.

Cassoulet de Toulouse à la Pappa

A perfect winter warmer – Cassoulet!

The Laughing Cow Lightest Loaded Quesadilla

Try Dad’s loaded low-fat salsa quesadillas with The Laughing Cow Lightest x8 cheese.

Melanzane Parmigiana with Dolmio 7 Vegetables Sun Ripened Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

An excellent way to turn a popular Italian slow food standard into an easy and quicker family classic.

Pumpkin Pie

My best pumpkin pie yet!

Tuna & Sweetcorn

Dad's latest food series is all about that much loved classic combination, Tuna and Sweetcorn (T&S) — but there are more interesting ways to get your T&S fix other than on pasta or a jacket potato! See below for some T&S inspiration!

Tuna & Sweetcorn Sloppy Joe

Tuna and sweetcorn combine beautifully in this sloppy classic.

Tuna & Sweetcorn Terrine

Tuna and sweetcorn has never been more stylish – the tuna and corn are blitzed together to make a soft delicious terrine.

Salmon Croquetas

The usual Spanish croqueta is made with jamon. These versions are made with smoked salmon. They work really well and would not go amiss on any tapas menu.

Tuna & Sweetcorn Country Pâté

This is surprisingly good. Tuna and sweetcorm come together to create the unexpected texture of a county-style pâté.

Tuna Quenelles & Sweetcorn Velouté

Tuna and Sweetcorn – but not as you know it! The tuna is blended and formed into a quenelle and covered in a sweetcorn sauce.

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Dad's Food Journal

Dad loves to write about food. Whether it's discovering a new road local to London or Surrey, where the treasures of foodie stores and independent shops delight—or Dad's macro observations in the world of food. Dad's articles (and foodie stories to his recipes) are a funny and knowledgable journey through the lense of how pops views the world.

To Confit or Not to Confit

How can we say we’re ‘worth our salt’ unless we’ve submitted to the mysteries and heartaches of the confit and lived to tell the tale?

And what, exactly, are you supposed to do with a thousand-year-old egg?

This was one of many questions I had on my mind during my latest foray into London for January’s Time Out article.

WDC Wins at Estimation Nation Baking Challenge!

On 19th May WDC was invited to participate in the Estimation Nation Baking Challenge at the Open Kitchen in Hoxton. All part of Smart Energy GB’s Estimation Nation Campaign for the Smart Meter rollout.

To Confit or Not to Confit

How can we say we’re ‘worth our salt’ unless we’ve submitted to the mysteries and heartaches of the confit and lived to tell the tale?

Why You Should Try Octopus: A Pro Octopus Blog Post by Dad

Octopus will divide your audience – it’s a ‘Marmite’ type of food: you either love it or hate it. But why all the fuss? We eat all manner of odd things from the sea. So here’s why you should try octopus…



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