NOW CLOSED: WIN 1 of 10 Manfood gift boxes

Still in a pickle for Father’s Day gifts? We’re giving you the chance to win 1 of 10 Manfood gift boxes, each featuring four of the delicious gourmet pickles that earned them the title of Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2015. Learn more about them and find out how to enter below.

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Win your Dad a £400 barbecue with #SadDadBBQ

Does your dad deserve something special this Father’s Day? Well, summer is upon us (sort of) so we’re giving away the ultimate ‘dad gift’ – a flash new barbecue.

It’s a Landmann Triton 4 Burner Gas Barbecue with side burner, in grey, and worth over £400.

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A tasty solution for Father’s Day

fathersDaySteakSo what do you get the man who has everything on Father’s Day? Dads are notoriously hard to shop for, none more so than mine, so this year I’m cooking up something deliciously different: his favourite steak dinner.

Now if like me, you’re no master chef, the thought of conquering the holy grail of cooking might leave you feeling a tad daunted. Don’t be! We’ve got a great range of steaks and sauces, plus your secret weapon: top tips from the beef experts at Eblex, (the smart people behind the English beef and lamb industry).

Their handy guide to cooking the perfect steak covers everything from fridge to pan to plate. So get set to impress in seven simple steps and make sure you’ve chosen a tasty sauce to serve up too.

How to master the perfect steak – medium-cooked:

  1. Remove steak from the fridge about 10 minutes before cooking.
  2. Brush the steak with a little oil on both sides to prevent sticking.
  3. After oiling, sprinkle both sides with ground sea salt to bring out the steak’s flavour and keep it juicy, then season with black pepper to add extra crunch.
  4. Ensure the pan/griddle/grill is very hot before starting to cook.
  5. Cook the first side for 4 minutes without touching the meat, then turn it over using tongs/spatula and cook the other side for equal time.
  6. Gently press the steak’s surface using the back of your tongs or spatula to check if it is cooked – a medium steak should feel slightly soft when pressed.
  7. After cooking, rest your steak on a warm plate for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to distribute evenly.

Of course, achieving the perfect steak depends on how you like it. So here’s some recommended cooking times. Bear in mind that these will vary depending on the size, thickness and amount of steak.

  • Medium-rare, 3mins each side
  • Medium, 4 mins each side
  • Medium-well done, 5 mins each side
  • Well done, 6 mins each side

It’s easy really, but why not treat yourself to a trial run before the big day. You can choose the perfect combination of ingredients from our delicious range of steaks and sauces here.

I’ll be having a go myself, so hope it makes you flavour of the month with your Dad too!

Rebecca Tott
Marketing Executive

Expert advice for Father’s Day

rs ks bulldogWant to pamper Dad on Father’s Day, this Sunday 17th June, but not sure what to give him? We asked a group of Ocado men to solve your dilemma by trying out our grooming products.

So armed with gels, scrubs and oils, our guys got stuck into some serious man-pampering.

Tester: Drew Norton, Marketing
Range: The Real Shaving Co.

“If I had to describe this range in one sentence it would be: ‘a bottled barbershop experience’. The packaging looks great in my bathroom – it’s traditional with a modern twist – and even just a small squeeze of the clear shave gel did the job.

I fell for the facial scrub’s delicious cocoa butter smell instantly and the consistency felt like it was really softening my stubble. But the best buy for me has to be the soothing balm. It gives a superb finish to an effortless shave, and I have quite sensitive skin, which it definitely helped.”

Tester: Richard Locke, Non-food
Range: King of Shaves

“Surprisingly, I’ve gone from a shaving oil sceptic to using it before every special occasion – dates, visiting Mum, the Euros, the Ashes, you name it! OK it takes longer so it’s a luxury, but after the oil softens up your face you don’t feel half as much tugging from the razor. Winner.

Follow a slick of oil with a shaving gel – possibly the manliest toiletry there is – and you know you’ve found a winning combo. SUPERGEL. KING. The words practically leap off the bottle and punch you in the face! And to top it off they’re written in black and red – the colours of danger. Even if this ultra-thick gel were less fantastic I’d buy it, just to look impressive in my bathroom cabinet.”

Tester: Tom Buchan, Trading
Range: Bulldog

“Coming to the end of a long weekend and sporting a rather poor excuse for a beard, I know it’s going to take a lot to leave me looking fresh. So to leave my weekend behind and get ready for the working week I turn to the Bulldog range.

Straight away I feel the facial scrub swathing my face in refreshment, effortlessly easing the dirt from my skin as it unblocks pores. And the shaving gel… well I didn’t even know I was shaving! Much like Britain’s Coxless Four triumphing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics or Stephen Harmison bowling for victory during the 2005 Ashes (just some references for all my fellow sports addicts out there!), the moisturiser provided a perfect ending to the weekend.”

Well thanks grooming gurus, expert advice if ever I heard it! It’s certainly solved my dilemma over Dad’s present this Father’s Day and I hope you’re feeling inspired too. We’ve got 3 for 2 on selected men’s grooming until 17th June, so take a look.

Naomi Bullivant
Marketing Executive