In the moments when I trip, again, over the trainers casually strewn about the floor, or plunge my hand down the back of the sofa to discover the uncomfortable lump under the cushion is a man’s sock, or when I seem to be continuously transporting bottle tops from the kitchen worktop to the bin, the thought of Daddy Mook & Lulu being a pretty fab dad is not foremost on mind.
But, he is a great dad, and Mook and Lulu adore him. When I’m rushing about trying to contend with the fallouts and triumphs of our busy lives, it can be easy to over look that Daddy ML gets up at 6am everyday with our early risers. The hours spent huddled over the table creating Lego masterpieces, with Mook and Lulu, easily slip my mind, and the mountainous challenges for a man outnumbered by females at home weave seamlessly, and unnoticed, into our everyday lives.
So it is only right and proper that we take the time, on Father’s Day, to think about all the things great Dads do and to say thanks – perhaps as a nod to the fact that we really do appreciate them.
In a time where we strive for the new ‘this’, or the best ‘that’, sometimes a simple gesture with a bit of extra thought can be a heartfelt gift. So, here is the Father’s Day Breakfast in Bed – with love from Mook & Lulu. Hearts, a cooked breakfast, and a treat the kids can get involved with – perfect!
For their ‘Father’s Day Breakfast In Bed’, Mook & Lulu served Pork and Herb sausages, Bacon Hearts, a Heart-Shaped Fried Egg, and baked beans and sauteed mushrooms in heart-shaped toast rings – but of course you can switch it to make your own perfect ‘Father’s Day Breakfast’.
Here’s how we made ours…
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and put the sausages in a baking dish to cook in the oven – for about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, make your Bacon Hearts.
You will need:
- A packet of streaky bacon
- A knife, or pair of scissors
- A baking tray
After a few attempts at these, we found that the bacon hearts work best if you cut a single rasher of streaky bacon into two and fold the two halves into a heart shape on the baking tray. These are a little fiddly, but keep re-arranging them until you’ve got a heart shape that you’re happy with.
When you’ve made all your hearts bake them in an oven, preheated to 190 degrees for about 9 minutes – longer if crispy bacon is preferred.
While the bacon and sausages are cooking, slice your mushrooms and saute them in a little butter, in a small pan over a low heat. If you cover them with a lid, you can leave them to gently sweat, just stirring them occasionally.
Put the baked beans into a pan over a very low heat to gently warm through while you make the Heart-shaped toast rings.
Heart-Shaped Toast Rings
You will need:
- A slice of bread for each ring (we used two rings stacked on top of one another for the beans and one ring for the mushrooms)
- Two heart-shaped cookie cutters – one large enough for the other to fit inside to create the ring
- A toaster
- A breadboard
Toast your bread and leave it to cool for a minute or so.
Place one slice of toast on your breadboard, and using the smaller heart-shaped cutter place it in the centre of the toast, ensuring you have enough room for the larger to cutter to fit outside it. Press through the toast with the smaller cutter and remove the heart shape from the middle.
Line up the larger cutter and press through the toast. Peel the toast away from the outside of the larger cutter. The toast rings are quite delicate, so take your time. Repeat this for all your slices of toast.
By now, the sausages, bacon and mushrooms should be cooked, and the baked beans warmed through and ready to go, so time to fry your egg.
Heart-Shaped Fried Egg (this might be better done by a grown up)
You will need:
- An egg
- A frying pan
- A tbsp vegetable oil (not olive oil)
- A large heart-shaped cookie cutter, or heart-shaped fried egg ring
Heat the oil in the frying pan over a moderate heat. Place your cutter or egg ring in the pan and crack the egg inside the heart shape. As the egg cooks you will need to spoon some of the oil over the top to cook the yolk of the egg. Cook to your preference.
If some of the egg leaks from under the cutter or egg ring, trim these bits off when the egg is cooked, before removing the egg from the cutter. Lift the fried egg out from the pan, and use a sharp knife to run around inside the metal ring to carefully release the egg.
Brew a cup of soothing tea, or make a steaming mug of coffee (for Dad!), plate up, and serve on a tray, with as much whooping and hollering as you think Dad can take first thing in the morning.
Let us know how you get on with your Father’s Day Breakfast in Bed.
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