How to Make the Perfect I-Forgot-It-Was-Father’s-Day Meal
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How to Make the Perfect I-Forgot-It-Was-Father’s-Day Meal

The plan all along was to make your dad a slap-up meal celebrating this arbitrary day of card company-sponsored celebrating, right?
June 19, 2016, 10:00am

You thought it was weird that your mum insisted you come home this weekend. Maybe she just telepathically knew that your fridge supplies were down to a tub of furry hummus and half a bottle of Blossom Hill. Mother's instinct and all that.

Not quite. As the panicked text from your equally disorganised sibling soon confirms, it's Father's Day on Sunday. And you forgot, like the ungrateful offspring you are.

RECIPE: Tommy's Margarita

Fear not, we've got you covered with these failsafe, dad-friendly recipes. Because the plan all along was to make your old pops a slap-up meal celebrating this arbitrary day of card company-sponsored celebrating, right?

Kick things off Mexican-style with a classic Margarita and guacamole-tortilla chip combo. You could even take a dip into the Deep South and whizz up some beer cheese. Because what kind of dad doesn't enjoy beer and cheese?

RECIPE: Hunan Red-Cooked Pork Belly

For the main event, we suggest this Chinese pork belly with scallions and chilies. Dads love pork and this tastes even better than the takeaway Chinese stir fry his doctor says he can't have anymore.

Alternatively, if Pa has jumped aboard the Instagram ship and is digging the whole hipster dad thing, impress with a totally rad vegan beetroot burger, topped with truffle cashew cheese.

RECIPE: Olive Oil and Chocolate Chip Cookies

For pud, there's only really one option: cookies. Reel in a spare sibling to make these olive oil and chocolate chip treats and hopefully there'll be enough left to sneak back to your inner-city shoebox.

Extra points if you also manage to cobble together a homemade card with paper stolen from the family printer. Because it's always the thought that counts, isn't it?