W(h)et dad’s appetite with a classic cocktail. Our vote goes to this Italian tipple on the rocks. It features the likes of gin, Campari and vermouth with a dash of sparkling water (optional).
THE RECIPE: Negroni on ice
If you’re going to fire up the grill early, you might as well pop a pumpkin on the coals. Whether he’s a vegetarian or the biggest carnivore in the family, your dad is sure appreciate this veg with edge. It’s an absolute treat served with salsa verde and yoghurt.
THE RECIPE: Braaied smashed pumpkins
TO THE BONE
Seeing as you’re trying new things this year, why not surprise him with this starter of braaied marrow bones with chipotle butter? Warning: it’s utterly addictive, especially when spreading a plug of marrow over braaied slices of bread. Drooling already, are we?
THE RECIPE: Braaied marrow bones with chipotle butter
Make like Fritz Schoon and keep things local and lekker with these simply superb smoked snoek braaibroodjies. They’ll hit all the right spots, of that we are sure.
THE RECIPE: Fritz’s smoked snoek braaibroodjies
DIBS ON THE RIBS
Okay, let’s get down to real business. Here’s what your dad really wants (unless he’s a vegan or vegetarian, that is): Chinese sticky hot ribs served with cabbage-and-coconut slaw. They’re sticky, they’re sweet, they’re spicy, they’re hot. Star (son or daughter) status granted. You’re welcome.
THE RECIPE: Chinese sticky hot ribs
If pork or ribs in general aren’t his thing, Abi’s hand-chopped burgers are – quite frankly – a cut above the rest. It’s a little like making regular burgers but using a mature thick-cut rump steak cut into tiny morsels. It stars kimchi and come together sandwiched between sourdough rolls.
THE RECIPE: Hand-chopped burgers
GREEN WITH ENVY
Your dad will (hopefully) be proud of you for throwing in some greens. Take these greens with vinno cotto and tzatziki for instance – aren’t they just handsome? A showstopper salad, we say.
THE RECIPE: Greens with vino cotto and tzatziki
And to end off the mighty feast, keep it light and easy but daringly decadent with this chocolate crêpe cake with Nutella cream. It’s all the chocolate his heart – and yours – desires, after all.
THE RECIPE: Chocolate crêpe cake with Nutella cream