Father’s Day is just under a week away on Sunday 21st June, so you still have time to order those gifts and get them delivered just in the nick of time. Father’s Day is not only a great day to bond with your old man, but it also marks the end of the unexpected occasions. Easter is always shape-shifting from March to April, Mother’s Day tends to skip up and down the month of March, and Father’s Day sits somewhere around the midriff of June, trying to catch us out. The only gift-giving occasion we have left is Christmas, and that’s safely stapled to the 25th December, so we definitely have time to prepare for it (in theory). If you’re drumming your fingers thinking of what to do for Father’s Day, then have a look at this round-up of ideas.
In the era of the smartphone, watches may seem old fashioned, but a JORD watch is more than just a time-telling machine, it’s a fashion piece. It can be hard to find ethically produced technology, but JORD wood watches are the real deal. They’re made from sustainably sourced and recycled wood, and are reasonably priced at £91 ($140) including shipping to the UK. Our pick of the JORD watches is the Zebrawood and Maple model from the Fieldcrest collection, with its bold exposed grain and classic shape. Depending on how much you want to spend, this could be the Father’s Day present to outdo all other Father’s Day presents.
Cork is a smart cruelty-free alternative to leather. Rather than the trees being cut down, the cork is harvested from the trees in a way that doesn’t cause permanent damage, which means it has a gold star from us for sustainability. The advantages of a cork wallet are endless: if you accidentally dropped it in a lake, it’ll float! The money will be ruined, but still. These wallets by Corkor are lovingly handmade in Portugal, where 50% of cork is produced, and they’re available through Etsy. Sadly the money is not included.
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then your dad will definitely find these delicious vegan recipes heart-warming. Food blogger Vegan Dad has an entire set menu for Father’s Day, and it looks so goddamn tasty that it’d satisfy omnivores and herbivores alike. You could start the day with scrambled ‘egg’ with tofu, packed with flavour from the turmeric and Dijon mustard. Or serve up summery red rice tacos for lunch, embellished with creamy avocados and refreshing citrus tofu. Who better to tell you what vegan food to cook your dad than Vegan Dad? It was meant to be.
If your dad has more of a sweet tooth, then our favourite food blog Oh She Glows features one hell of a recipe by Ashley McLaughlin. Brace yourself: the recipe is for triple chocolate doughnuts (vegan and gluten-free). The recipe was created by a happy accident, like penicillin but tastier. Ashley was baking doughnuts for her sister-in-law and they didn’t bake the whole way through. They tucked in to them anyway and discovered the glory of the gooey doughnut. Rich, moist and graphically chocolatey, these doughnuts only take half an hour to rustle up and another half hour to devour entirely. Oh, and don’t forget it’ll be Father’s Day, so you should try to share these with him.
Before we get started, here are some top tips. Ashley saves precious time by preparing all the wet and dry ingredients separately, and then quickly whisks them all together and pops them in the oven before dinner, so the doughnuts are ready for dessert. Also, the ingredients are quite specific and so it’s recommended you don’t use substitutions. Sleeves rolled, apron on? Let the baking begin.
For 10-12 doughnuts, you’ll need:
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup pure cane sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp almond meal
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp ground flax meal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp oil
1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
And for the frosting, you’ll need:
2-3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2/3 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp vegan butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
vegan sprinkles, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 170C and grease a doughnut tray. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir until combined. In another bowl, whisk all of the wet ingredients (milk, applesauce, oil) together until fully combined. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined, being careful not to over-mix (stopping when you no longer see dry flour). Let the batter sit for 5 minutes. Don’t stir after this point, or the batter will be too thick to pour.
Spoon the batter into the doughnut moulds, filling to just below the top of each mould (3 to 6mm) from the top. Lightly smooth out the top of the batter with a small silicone spatula. Try not to pack the batter down. Bake for 18-23 minutes. If you slide a toothpick in to the centre, it should come out clean, unless you’ve punctured a melted chocolate chip, of course. Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a thin spatula around the edges of the doughnut to loosen them up. Then place on a cooling rack and let them cool down before frosting.
For the frosting, add all the ingredients in to a bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth, adjusting the milk and sugar as necessary. Spread the frosting on to the cooled doughnuts and decorate with sprinkles, et voilà, you’ve got yourself not only delectable doughnuts but also your father’s adulation. Happy baking!