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Seasonal Favourites

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

German Hot Dog

This is one of my favourite things.

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…’

Gnocchi with Tosi Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce

Here’s a really easy way with gnocchi. Add to a quick cheese sauce made with Gorgonzola, add a few chives and that’s it. Use a good Gorgonzola (I’ve used the excellent cheese made by Tosi),

Panettone Pandoro Chocolate Tiramisu

Tiramisu is everybody’s favourite pudding. Here’s a great adaptation using leftover panettone.

Dad’s Unctuous Braised Pork Belly

There’s a big culinary issue at stake here. Is pork belly skin and fat best when its crispy or when it is soft and unctuous? I like it both ways – here’s how to do soft and unctuous.

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 Nachos

Tuna and Sweetcorn combine brilliantly when made into nachos.

Tuna & Sweetcorn Terrine

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

Tuna & Sweetcorn Canapés

Here’s a classic mixture of tuna and sweetcorn served as a handsome canapé.

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.

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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.

Annatto, the Most Versatile – and Unknown – Seed in the World

Annatto is a jewel of a seed. It’s used for just about everything and red as red can be…

A Waffle is Not Just For Breakfast!

North Americans usually associate waffles with breakfast. These crispy indented batter cakes are interchangeable with pancakes and generally served with butter and maple syrup.

Comparing the Raw Taste of Four Garlic Cultivars

I’m testing garlic. Well, somebody has to do it.

Sweet Corn Memories

Growing up in Southern California in the 60s, our family was fussy about its corn…



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