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You know how a puppy isn’t just for Christmas? Well Father’s Day isn’t something you just celebrate briefly in the morning, with a cursory cuppa and a shoddily wrapped new pair of golfing socks. That’s what your siblings will be doing, so this is your chance to secure that role as father’s favourite. And there’s no better way to a father’s heart than food – topped off with a truly excellent cup of tea or coffee of course…
Here’s our tongue-in-cheek guide to a gourmet Father’s Day – each dad is different, so select your taste-pairings to suit his palate. Has he got a sweet tooth or is he more of an umami man?
The clocks have struck 8, the church bells are chiming and he’s been tempted downstairs by the smell of freshly ground coffee – it’s time for a brilliant breakfast. That means bacon (Danish please, smoked), bagels, bananas, baked beans, crepes, croissants, coffee, sourdough toast, sausages, freshly squeezed orange juice (no bits), fried tomatoes grilled mushrooms, hash browns (not soggy, please), huevos rancheros, waffles (maple syrup + bacon), granola, treacle-topped porridge, kale juice, vitamin pills – let us know if we’ve forgotten anything…
Cuppa of choice?
When it comes to coffee, fruity light roasts are ideal for the morning. Our Mexican Chiapas reminds us of summer plums with acacia honey. And of course our Breakfast Blend is a classic choice…
Tea is easy – our English Breakfast of course. It’s wonderfully robust, and more than a match for a full English. Our Whittard Original and 1886 Blend are also well worth a try – they’ve been a breakfast staple for over a century.
True, you might still be finishing up breakfast at this stage. But if it’s been a busy morning he won’t say no to a tray of tea and biscuits. Green tea’s great for post breakfast detox, and keep it light with our Lemon Shortbread. Our nutty Dragonwell Long Jing is particularly good with buttery flavours.
Now’s your chance to shine. Set the table in style and be a bit adventurous with your recipes. Take inspiration from Heston. While the famous Meat Fruit might be a tad too complex, we’re rather taken with the idea of his Earl Grey Tea Cured Salmon – we recently tried Dragonwell King Prawns and Earl Grey Chia Pudding. Heston’s Whisky Wine Gums might be a step too far, but our Whisky Tea isn’t so far off…
Perk up after lunch: Round it off with a single origin medium roast – we’d suggest our nutty San Agustin Colombia.
There’s barely a moment for a fatherly game of croquet/spot of fishing/go-karting/shoe polishing/badminton/more board games etc before it’s time for afternoon tea. How about a frothy-topped Guinness Cake and a plate of thin-cut sandwiches (we’re thinking Gentleman’s Relish with watercress). Or for something less macho, try a sky-high cake stand stacked with French Fancies, Battenberg slices and sugared almonds. Perhaps a step too far for any father?
Tea blind tasting: We’re thinking four different types of tea to keep him on his toes (Black: Lapsang Souchong, Green: Dragonwell, White: Chelsea Garden, Oolong: Milk Oolong).
He might have escaped to the pub at this stage, but if he’s still kicking his heels at home then brew up a pot of our richly roasted Old Brown Java (a bit of an old boys’ blend) and hand him a cigar. A song around the piano? Or perhaps a home movie or two?
Sweet dreams: he’s already asleep, but wake him up to give him a cup of soothing Camomile tea. He’ll thank you for it…
We think he’ll agree that was the best Father’s Day ever. What will you be cooking up?
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