As the years go by it becomes increasingly difficult to come
up with the perfect gift for Dad. Really, how many ties, shirts, golf
accessories and tool sets does one guy need? This year, step outside the habitual
“gift box” and give Dad something he’ll really enjoy. A gourmet meal prepared
and served right at home. And best of all, made by you!
Don’t fret if you haven’t studied in Europe’s finest
culinary schools or you’re not an executive chef in a swanky downtown
restaurant. And if you are, then great! You’ll still want to make this
delicious trio for the perfect Father’s Day feast.
Creating this simple and delicious menu requires 1 part
imagination, 1 part education and a pinch of love to seal in the flavour. Plus,
you can do it all in just 45 minutes. So,
grab a spatula and let’s get started!
Watermelon, Feta And Black Olive Salad
A twist on traditional Greek salad, this intricate blend of
fruit, Mediterranean cheese and veggies will wake up your taste buds. Carefully
chop the fruits and veggies into bite-sized pieces so the oils and juices mix together
nicely. Don’t forget to add a dash of mint and basil – that boost of flavour will
counteract the sweetness of the watermelon.
Father’s Day doesn’t officially begin until the grill is fired
up. Keeping with the gourmet theme, this recipe, coincidentally enough, hails
from one of Toronto’s finest celebrity chefs.
This simple grilled pork chop platter is like no other. “Why?”
you might ask. It’s all in the sauce.
The star ingredient – lychee – a tropical fruit originating in Southeast Asia
and Taiwan yields a delicate aroma, and when placed on top of sizzling hearty
pork chops produces a mind-blowing infusion of sweet and salty flavour.
For all the vegetarian dads out there, it may be a little
difficult to come up with something that makes a hearty main dish and is still
grill-friendly. Luckily, these veggie kebabs are a perfect fit. Stalked full of
colourful vegetables and healthy goodness, these large skewers make a succulent
main dish all on their own or can be added to a toasted baguette for the carb
lovers out there.
Tip: feel free to add/remove the suggested vegetables found
in the recipe. If you know Dad’s favourite vegetables are mushrooms, throw
those into the mix. If you know he absolutely can’t stand the taste of eggplant
then make sure none are in sight. He
will be delighted (and impressed) you remembered his top picks.
Don’t forget the sauces, both are simple and easy to make.
With fewer than 5 ingredients each, these can easily be whipped up while the
kebabs are on the grill.
A true Father’s Day feast isn’t complete without dessert.
The best part of a meal, if you ask me. Tiramisu goes back centuries and is a
staple in the Italian culinary community but what differentiates this tiramisu
from all the others is its creamlike texture.
Presentation is everything with this sweet delight. Placed
in mini serving glasses, what traditionally has been served as a full-bodied
cake has now been reinvented into a pudding consistency, creating a simple and
elegant presentation with little fuss on the chef’s part – wait, that’s you!
At last! A meal fit for a king (or in this case, good ol’ Dad).
The memory of his family preparing a three-course meal will pull his
heartstrings for years to come, and best of all, he’ll enjoy it in the comforts
of his own home.
Besides, aren’t father’s always complaining
about never having enough time to watch a sports game (in full) or spend an
entire Sunday at home without having to mow the lawn,
drive the kids to ballet or clean up after the beloved family pet, Snuggles? Father’s
Day only comes once in a calendar year; make the most of this one.