Hooray for Fa­ther’s Day

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASTE - Graeme Phillips

ALL this mod­ern em­pha­sis on health and fit­ness is, I’m told, a very good thing. Ex­cept, of course, it se­verely nar­rows your op­tions on days like to­day.

Break­fast in bed is not quite the treat it’s cracked up to be if Dad has to climb back in, hot, sweaty and un- show­ered after his morn­ing jog.

And that old, al­ways- wel­come stand- by present of a box of fat Cubans – Co­hibas prefer­ably – is no longer any good since he gave up smoking.

Sub­sti­tute one of those lat­est do- it- your­self blood pres­sure kits and you risk send­ing the wrong mes­sage.

Like­wise, a birth- year bot­tle of red will just re­mind him of how old he’s get­ting.

A small some­thing wrapped in a com­pleted will form ready for his sig­na­ture is a pos­si­bil­ity, but prob­a­bly won’t be re­ceived in the right spirit.

So, what do you do? Light the bar­be­cue and he’ll feel he’s be­ing usurped.

A Makita power tool and he’ll re­sent the hint. Take him to lunch and he’ll miss or sleep through the footy on TV. The day calls for care­ful plan­ning. First, send the kids in to jump and play on his bed so he can’t go for that morn­ing jog.

Put fun ahead of fit­ness and he’ll be much hap­pier for it.

Make sure he wakes to the smell of grilling ba­con and bring it to him with eggs and thick but­tered toast so all that fat and flavour will re­mind him of how good life used to be.

There’s no sub­sti­tute for choles­terol-wrapped nostal­gia on days like this.

Run him a bath and ease him to­wards lunch with a glass or two of good bub­bly.

And that present – some­thing in­nocu­ous and long- last­ing, such as a tree with the hole al­ready dug in the gar­den or a new smart­phone with 150 pages of in­struc­tions. Then lunch. It used to be that Fa­ther’s Day meant a tra­di­tional roast with all the fresh- veg­etable trim­mings, good gravy, dessert and port and cho­co­lates to fin­ish.

But that diet book and row­ing ma­chine you gave him last year have prob­a­bly put paid to all that.

Tas­ma­nian scal­lops are in sea­son but are this year so ex­pen­sive they risk adding to his yearn­ing for the good ol’ days when they cost two bob a bucket full and he didn’t have

There’s no sub­sti­tute for choles­terol- wrapped nostal­gia on days like this

to share them. Sal­mon is rich in omega 3 to counter that break­fast – but he can get sal­mon any day and ev­ery­where.

So why not some­thing fl avour­some such as a sim­ple grilled quail, mush­room, cos let­tuce and parme­san salad, dressed with a good, fruity olive oil and vine­gar.

Make it light enough so that if his footy team has been lucky enough to make the fi nals he can watch them with­out get­ting up­set on a heavy stom­ach and with a light Tassie pinot so he won’t fall asleep – or, if he does, his snor­ing won’t be too loud.

Have a happy day.

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