A Father’s Day recipe to show you (and your kids) care

A Father’s Day recipe to show you (and your kids) care

The kids may have moved out and might even have children of their own, but that doesn’t mean their dad should be forgotten this Father’s Day. Don’t worry, though, we know the way to his heart…

The kids may have moved out and might even have children of their own, but that doesn’t mean their dad should be forgotten this Father’s Day. Don’t worry, though, we know the way to his heart…

Dads are some of the hardest people to buy for, especially when you want to show him how much he still means to you and the kids. So this year, instead of running around the shops to find a gift, why not spoil him with a home-cooked version of his favourite meal?

After all, they say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and nothing beats a hearty meal like lasagne, shepherd’s pie or pasta bake for dad. Our favourite is a cheesy chicken and mushroom pasta bake – see below for the mouth-watering recipe.

Making sure the whole family are together will make the evening that bit more special for him. And now the kids are older, there’s no excuses for them not to help out in the kitchen – we can all do with a sous-chef or two.

It might be harder to get them to stick around for the clean-up, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours on your own, scrubbing away at baked-on food stuck fast to the dish. There’s a simple science behind dissolving it away, and Fairy [LINK TO: https://www.victoria.co.uk/brand/fairy] has used that science to create dishwasher tablets that love a tough job.

Here comes the science bit…

When you heat food, the water evaporates, and so the layer between the food and the dish is removed. On top of this, the heat causes a reaction that results in sticky, caramelised (and delicious) food clinging to the dish. Rinsing the dish helps, but it’s not always enough to remove the toughest stains, and it can cause starchy foods like pasta to stick even harder.

Fairy Platinum’s dishwasher tablets, though, speed up the water action on food, rehydrating and loosening any burnt-on crusty bits with its HydraFast system, allowing it to be washed away.

They also remove any marks and then the Shine Booster Technology ensures the dishes come out with a sparkle, no matter what your water type. So not only will your dishes come out like new each time, the tablets will also help to prevent any limescale build up.

So instead of scrubbing everything at the sink, you can simply pop in a Fairy Platinum tablet, turn the dishwasher on, sit back and relax in the knowledge you’ll get the best first-time clean that also helps to keep dishes looking like new, no matter how the Father’s Day dinner turns out!

And this way, you can spend less time at the sink and more time with a glass of wine around the dinner table with your family. Sounds good, right?

Recipe: cheesy chicken and mushroom pasta bake

If you’re looking for a delicious dish that any man would love, look no further than this feast of chicken, pasta and gooey cheese. With just one dish for the cooking and Fairy taking care of the cleaning, it’s a quick and easy way to his heart.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 53 minutes
Serves: 4


225g of your favourite pasta shapes

25g of garlic butter

1 medium leek, trimmed and shredded

225g of button mushrooms, wiped and quartered

100g of spicy deli-style sausage such as chorizo or salami, chopped (optional)

250g of cooked, skinless, boneless chicken

500g of readymade cheese pasta sauce

50g of grated mature Cheddar cheese

50g of Mozzarella cheese, diced


Preheat the oven to 190C (170C fan oven, 375F, gas 5). Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook the pasta in boiling water for five minutes. Drain well and place in the bottom of a 1½ litre shallow baking dish.

Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the leek and mushrooms for two to three minutes, stirring, until lightly browned. Stir into the pasta and mix in the sausage, if using, and the chicken.

Spread the sauce on top, making sure all the pasta is covered, then sprinkle with the cheeses. Put the dish on a baking tray.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve straight from the dish.

What’s your husband’s favourite dish? Let us know in the comments section below.

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