If, like us you like to avoid the crowds in the pub at Father's Day, then why not plan a special day at home. We always do this and then go out for lunch the weekend after so we're still supporting our local pub.
Here are our top tips for enjoying a chilled Father's Day at home. To be fair, it's pretty similar to most of our Sundays. It's just Dad gets to choose his favourite food.
- Make some edible gifts.
[caption id="attachment_594" align="alignright" width="150"] Homemade Beery Fudge![/caption]
This is always a great activity to do with the kids before Father's Day.
Microwave fudge ( recipe below) is our favourite as it not only tastes great but you get to lick the condensed milk spoon afterwards! We made ours with Titanic Chocolate and Vanilla stout and it was delicious.
2. Go for a walk
Just like Christmas Day, you're probably having a big lunch so we always go for a decent walk to build up an appetite. The National Trust website has a list of the best walks with a pub at the end so even if you're not having lunch out, we find a Sunday is always improved with a quick pint at a quality pub.
3. A special lunch
What constitutes a treat is different for everyone and the weather will dictate what you do to some extent. Who wants a roast dinner when it's 25 degrees outside? We tend to play it by ear and keep it simple. Our Beery mac n cheese (recipe below) is always a winner as it can be done in advance, popped in the oven and served with a nice big salad. Think about what Dad really enjoys to eat and make a special version of it. We sometimes pop along to our local farm shop and splurge on a posh ploughmans with quality pork pies, artisan cheeses and delicious rustic breads. All washed own with some cracking ales of course. Which leads me on to...
4. A case of fine ales
With the plethora of quality, independent craft beers on the market there is no need to subject Dad to some bland, mass market beer. We recommend choosing a case of his favourite style from our curated collections or going for a Taster Pack which has 12 different styles. We find that if you're having beer with food, you might want to change the styles as you move through the courses or if you've got a few people round you can cater for all their preferences. Making you the host with the most!
5. Introduce an element of competition
We're pretty competitive and enjoy a pub quiz so often our Sundays often include a few beers and a pub quiz. The Daily Telegraph on a Saturday has an excellent pub quiz that we save and do as a family. They are quite difficult so if we get 15/20 we're delighted. If quizzing isn't dad's thing, maybe get out the old board games.
So, that's our perfect Father's Day at home with a shameless plug for a case of our beers!
Microwave Beer Fudge
Line a 20cm tin with baking parchment
Combine 400g caster sugar with 397g can of condensed milk and 140g salted butter in a large heatproof bowl.
Heat on high for 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
Add 2 tbsp of Chocolate and Vanilla stout, whisk in and heat for another 2 minutes.
Pour into the baking tin, allow to set for 1 hour. Cut into pieces and pop in a pretty box or tin.
Beery Mac n Cheese
2 cloves of garlic
250ml pale ale
300g cheese- we used a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar.
Melt butter, fry garlic and add milk and pale ale. Bring to a gentle bubble.
Add pasta and stir occasionally until cooked
Throw in the cheese and spinach, stir til melted and then pop in the oven until nicely browned on top.