Cautionary Tales For Children
Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Research has shown how important YOU are to your children and how as a dad the things you do, and keep on doing, really count, whether you live with them, or you are a single dad and are only able see them once a month, once a week or more, what you do really matters. This site is dedicated to all dads but will be of special relevance to the single dad. Remember, you are half the reason your children exist and they need you whether you live with them or not. As their dad, you have what it takes to make their lives successful and fulfilling no matter how often you see them. This site is about all the positive things that we as parents have to offer our children.
Quick and really fun to make and cook
Butter or cooking oil
So quick and easy and really good fun to make. No weighing scales are needed for this simple pancake batter recipe. Try your hand at tossing the pancake, thatís always a laugh. Donít worry if the first pancake of the batch sticks to the pan (mine always does), the rest will be fine as the pan gets coated. . . .
You can use a range of sweet and savory toppings and fillings depending on what you have in the cupboard and fridge.
This recipe should serve one adult and three hungry kids to have about two to three pancakes each, depending on the size of your pan and the thickness of your pancakes.
How to make it
Fill a standard sized mug about three quarters full of plain flour. Put flour into bowl, add two eggs (medium to large) & a pinch of salt. Mix up the eggs and flour with a hand whisk or spoon until you have a gloopy paste. . . .Fill a standard sized mug about three quarters full of milk. Leaving the milk in the mug, top up mug with water until itís brim full. Add the water-milk to the bowl a bit at a time all the while mixing to make sure the mix stays smooth. Once you have made this batter it will keep in the fridge for a day or so, so you can make it before your kids come, if you like to be prepared. . . .
Melt a small knob of butter in a frying pan and then pour a dribble of pancake batter in to the hot pan (or use a ladle), tipping the pan from side to side to make a thin layer of pancake batter over the pan bottom. This type of pancake do should not be thick. . . .
Cook for a couple of minutes and then if youíre brave enough, have a go at tossing the pancake. Serve hot from the pan to the plate and let the kids eat them as you cook them.
The recipe instructions are so easy to follow, and they're quick to download.
Cooking for guests
As a man, thereís something nice about cooking for appreciative guests. Perhaps itís because it gives you an excuse to show off; or maybe itís the chance of acting out a little theatre in the kitchen, or conceivably itís the fulfilling of that primordial hunter gather drive to provide sustenance.
Whatever it is, cooking someone a meal can be such a great pleasure for both you and the person you are cooking it for. Even better if you are able to cook while your guest or guests are actually with you so that you can get them involved in the food preparation, it certainly breaks the ice and is a good way to get the conversation going. Thereís also something about moving into a new place and cooking your first few proper meals, it really does make a place feel more like home.
Even if youíve never cooked before, you'll quickly discover that there really is nothing to it. The recipe instructions are simply written and illustrated to provide guidance at a glance when youíre in the thick of it. I have carefully chosen a few easy to master recipes that are big on results, you know, the sort of food you might expect to get in an expensive restaurant or hotel, but youíre going to be able to make it in a few minutes.
Try Eggs Benedict one night when itís late and your guest fancies a snack, or perhaps for one of those late morning posh breakfasts with coffee and juice. Itís a very simple meal to make, but so rich and glorious, it will always cause a stir and stick in the memory for a long while. But then, why not try the Seared Tuna Ahi. Personally I never really liked fish, but then one day I tried seared Tuna Ahi steak and I was converted. Itís the most simple meal and to those watching you make it, appears as if you have conjured up a little slice of culinary heaven from thin air in about 10 minutes (this is a great meal to whip up on the barbeque just as easily).
And if you have a good recipe of your own, why not send it in to us so that you can share it with all those other dads wanting to cook for grown ups.