Listen: Food writer and children's author Andrew Levins shares tips for Father's Day food with Sam Robinson on Hope Breakfast
If you want to take Father’s Day breakfast to the next level, Hope Breakfast’s food correspondent Andrew Levins has you sorted.
Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, and lockdown means that a fancy restaurant lunch is sadly off the menu. Just as well Hope Breakfast’s food expert Andrew Levins (who himself is a father of two) has some advice on elevating breakfast beyond the average bacon and eggs. In fact, Andrew suggests you make the whole day revolve around breakfast foods.
“That’s the meal that I trust my children to make the most,” Andrew told Hope Breakfast. “From a simple bowl of cereal, to something more complex like pancakes, my kids can do that without supervision.”
It’s pancakes that Andrew says makes the perfect breakfast food, and it’s easy to take them to the next level.
“Save bacon and eggs up – that’s a passable dinner. I mean, you could just do different varieties of pancakes for the day. You would never feel like you’re eating the same thing because there’s a huge difference between tiny little Dutch pancakes, pikelets, and the big flapjacks from America.”
Andrew says that his favourite type of pancake at the moment is the Dutch Baby, which requires a cast iron skillet and a blender to make.
“It’s a couple of eggs, a cup of flour and some milk… It almost passes as a protein pancake, there’s not much sugar in there. You pulse it up, melt some butter in your cast iron skillet, pre-heat your oven to very very hot, pour the batter into the buttery skillet, then shove it into the oven and it balloons up like a pufferfish!”
Andrew swears by the buttery, eggy goodness, and suggests topping with lemon or butter or even some raspberry jam.
Andrew’s go-to pancake is a buckwheat pancake, which is rich in iron. It provides a richer taste as well. He says because it’s healthier, it means you can eat more without feeling too guilty. But being Father’s Day, why not splash out with the best topping of all?
Being Father’s Day, why not splash out with the best topping of all?
“It doesn’t matter what kind of pancakes you have, there is nothing better than serving them with ice cream. If you’re managing to hit 9am and you’ve already eaten two scoops of ice cream with your breakfast, that’s a good start to Father’s Day,” Andrew said.
Andrew also celebrates the release of his third Nelson book today. The chapter book for primary school readers focuses on a boy named Nelson who hates eating vegetables, however when he eats them he gains superpowers. In Nelson 3: Eggplants and Dinosaurs, Nelson learns that if he eats eggplant, he can transform into a dinosaur. Andrew says that unlike his character, he is a huge fan of eggplant.
“It’s one of the best. It’s a flavour sponge! It still has its own distinct flavour especially when you grill it, but when you’re making a curry I love how it breaks down.
“If you don’t like eggplant it means you haven’t cooked it with anything good before. No other vegetable mops as much sauce as the eggplant. In curries and stir fries, it’s such a valuable vegetable.”
Hear more of the conversation with Andrew Levins in the player above. Nelson: Eggplants and Dinosaurs is out now.