During Covid19, many dads throughout the globe have been inspired to whip up tasty meals for the whole family and these three dads are no exception!
Meet Muhammad, Arnold and Jim – three of Qatar’s talented home cooks with a passion for preparing and sharing great food. Now with more time at home, these dads have taken the opportunity to get back into the kitchen, learn recipes and discover new family favourites.
Pre-COVID19, many families were busy with school runs, traffic jams and long working hours. No doubt the current pandemic has taught one golden rule – time is precious and it’s important to make the most of the current situation at home with our loved ones.
So let’s get back into the kitchen with these three wholesome, nourishing recipes for the whole family.
Happy Father’s Day!
Recipe name - Banana Muffins - A quick and simple muffin recipe that I always whip up whenever we have overripe bananas. My kids love these for snacks and devour them pretty quickly.
Why is this recipe one of your family favourites? It’s easy to make and no bananas are wasted in this recipe. As an added bonus, my kids get to enjoy all the muffins they want.
Has Covid19 changed the way you cook at home? This pandemic has certainly changed the way I cook. In fact, I have spent more time cooking for the family than when I did back in my home country Sri Lanka.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
¾ cup white sugar
⅓ cup butter, melted
Follow Muhammad Nasir on Instagram @moawesomesauce and Facebook @moawesomesauce
Recipe name - Chicken & Mushroom Puffs - Delicious puff pastry squares filled with chicken, mushrooms and a cheesy sauce. Can be served as a tasty snack with afternoon tea or serve it with salad and a beverage for a substantial meal.
Why is this recipe one of your family favourites? My family (especially my 3-year-old mini-me) loves to munch on something every few hours in between meals. This dish keeps her busy as she gets to help Dada with folding the pastry squares, scoring the pastry and brushing the egg wash. The dish comes together fairly quickly in about 20 minutes since the stuffing can be prepared and refrigerated in advance.
Has COVID19 changed the way you cook at home for your family? I experiment more often now than before. Baking is not only reserved for my spouse now - we are involved in the process as a family. The little one gets to score slices of bread or throw some raisins and walnuts into the cake mix and this helps take her mind off from insisting on going out to the playground. All (flour-dusted) hands are now on deck to bake bread.
1 packet puff pastry (10 slices) thawed
2 tbsp white sesame seeds (optional)
For the filling:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 small onion chopped
1 chicken breast, thinly sliced and diced into chunks
1 handful button mushrooms, diced
1 handful of chopped curly parsley (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
For the sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 handful grated cheese (cheddar or gouda or any other you prefer)
1 egg - beaten
Follow Arnold Mathias on Instagram @arnoldmathias and on Facebook @arnldmths
Recipe name- Pancakes with Maple Pecan Sauce - light and fluffy pancakes with a warm, nutty pecan sauce.
Why is this recipe one of your family favourites? I am usually up and away before the rest of the family have let the warm sunlight stir their senses and weekend breakfasts are dad’s jam. Few things awaken your senses better than the smell of malt, toasted pecans and warm caramel in the air plus fresh-ground Colombian coffee beans (this may be a close second, but I digress). To me, this recipe embodies family, home and that gleaming joy in the eyes of the ones you love…. the bare necessities of life.
Has COVID19 changed the way you cook at home? One of the first things that we figured to keep sane in a “stay-at-home” situation was to share responsibilities. We took it upon ourselves to cycle and share tasks, including cooking. With many cooks in our home, we’ve experimented more. We have more time to plan a meal and express our culinary ideas. It has kept us busy and made our days interesting.
1 cup pecan nuts
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp of unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt (skip the salt if you are using salted butter)
1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour (whole wheat flour is a healthier alternative)
2 tbsp malted milk powder (Horlicks is ideal)
2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup Laban + 1/2 cup Milk (OR) 1 ½ cup Buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp melted butter
Follow Jim Varghese George on Instagram @jimbygeorge
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