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Seasonal Favourites

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

White Asparagus, Butter Sauce, and Prawns

This is a spring asparagus dish – but not as we know it…

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),

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.

German Hot Dog

This is one of my favourite things.

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 Sandwich

This is a spin on the classic tuna sandwich. It has added sweetcorn – and all the better for it!

Tuna & Sweetcorn Canapés

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

Potato Pizza With Tuna Fish and Sweetcorn

Here’s a cool recipe for lovers of tuna fish and sweetcorn – and pizzas. A great family recipe. It’s a pizza but made with potatoes!
A quick and easy recipe that can be made in 30 minutes and no more than 10 ingredients.

Tuna & Sweetcorn Country Pâté

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

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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.

Making Cheese in a Bottle

I was aware of the basic principles of cheese making as a child. The micro cultures and chemical reactions did not exist in petri dishes or test tubes, but right inside our daily pints of milk.

Cookbooks

I have hundreds. So many in fact, that cracks are beginning to appear in the walls around my various libraries from holding the sheer weight of the tomes.

Why You Must Walk Down Berwick Street

From the one-time seedy heart of Soho, this is one of the area’s finest quarters. Here’s why…

Top 10 Classic Family Meals

A list of our top family meals we used to have together when the children were growing up.

Shanks, Hocks, Knuckles, Shins and Legs

We all know about lamb shanks – they’ve been mandatory dishes on gastropub menus for years. But what about the same joint in pork and beef?



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