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.
Delicious Jam Tarts
A wonderful smell fills the house, jam tarts baking
Ready made short crust pastry
Jam or marmalade
Butter or fat
Although making pastry is quick, buying it is quicker and that means all you have to do is roll out, cut out circles, fill with jam and bakeÖ all the fun bits, and then, at the end a nice treat for everyone to eat.
How to make it
Roll out about 250g of ready made pastry to about 3mm thick. Pastry gets thicker when it cooks, so make sure itís thin when itís rolled it out. Cut 12 discs from the pastry using an upturned glass, or pastry cutter if you have one. The scraps can be combined and rolled out again. If you want, cut any small shapes you like from the scraps, to decorate the tops of the tarts. . . .
Grease the multi-cake tray using a piece of butter wrapper torn off and rubbed round (I loved doing this bit when I was a kid). Carefully push the pastry discs into the cups in the tray being careful not to stretch the pastry too unevenly or tear it. Spoon no more than 1 teaspoon of jam or marmalade into the cups; do not put too much in, because it will bubble over the edge when itís cooking. pipless, jams, jellies and no-peel marmalades are best. . . .
Decorate the tops of some of the tarts by just resting the cut shapes on top of the fillings. Bake in a preheated oven (Mk 6, 400F, 200C) for about 20 minutes, then layout carefully on a wire rack or grill to cool. Do not eat straight away, hot jam is very hot and will burn you. After 10 minutes they will still be warm. Jam tarts make a lovely dessert, especially with custard.
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.