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Meals for Dad this Father’s Day

09 May 2014
Meals for Dad this Father’s Day -  Zoe

Easy, indulgent and manly meals to cook for or with your dad!

The saying goes that "anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad”. This is why every June, people all over the world honour and celebrate the love they have for their fathers. Seeing that dad is usually the man of the house, we saw it fit to give you some meaty, manly recipes (as well as some dessert to bake) that will not only impress him, but will be fun for even the little ones to cook.

At House of York, we have products that will help make the cooking process easy and more efficient for you! Store your bottles of spices in our handy rotating spice rack to keep them organised and always within arm’s reach when making these scrumptious meals. Our top quality butcher’s blocks are perfect for chopping all kinds of meat on – and they make a fantastic gift for dad!

Try out any of these recipes for your dad this Father’s Day and you’ll have him wishing every day was Father’s Day!

Balsamic Marinated Steak

This recipe has very few ingredients, is quick to make and wonderfully tasty. Remember to watch or assist the little ones when the meat is being fried!


  • Steak (fillet, rump or rib-eye) - 1 crushed garlic clove
  • ½ cup of balsamic vinegar - Drizzle of dry rosemary
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar - Salt and pepper

How to make it

  • Mix all of the ingredients together and put the mixture in a big, Zip-lock bag.
  • Put the steaks in the bag, seal it and move them around so that the marinade covers all of the steak.
  • Put the steak and marinade in the fridge for about half an hour to an hour.
  • Pre-heat your grill (or stove) until it’s piping hot; sprinkle fresh pepper on the steaks and fry them until they are done the way your dad enjoys them.
  • Slice the steak and serve.

Beer Can Chicken on the Braai

You can’t get a manlier meal than this! Beer can chicken on the braai (barbeque for non-South Africans) is a classic and it’s very easy to do. Young ones are going to have to have some help with this one – but it can be made into a fun day outdoors for the whole family! This recipe is courtesy of Food24.


  • 1 whole chicken - 50ml soya sauce
  • 1 beer - 50ml wholegrain mustard
  • 50ml honey - 1 thumb of ginger, grated

How to make it

  • The chicken can either be cooked on an open fire or on the weber (which is recommended).
  • Mix the honey, soya sauce, mustard and ginger together and smear it all over the chicken.
  • Allow the chicken to rest in this marinade in the fridge for a few hours. For stronger flavours, you can even leave it overnight.
  • Once it has been marinated and rested, make a fire and allow for the coals to get hot.
  • Empty half a beer can and place it on the weber. Take the chicken and sit it upright on top of the can.
  • Allow it to cook over the coals for more or less an hour.

You won’t believe what a difference the beer makes! The yeast from the beer results in a succulent and very tender chicken.

Real Beef Burger Patties

There are few things better than an indulgent beef burger. Homemade patties are perfect because not only do you know exactly which ingredients are going into your patties, but they tend to be more packed with flavour! Not to mention, they can be a lot healthier than store-bought ones too!


  • 500g lean beef mince - Ketchup
  • ½ an onion, chopped - Chilli flakes
  • 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped - 1 egg
  • 3 sprigs coriander, finely chopped

How to make them

  • Put the lean mince into a large bowl.
  • Chop the onion, rosemary and coriander and put it all into the bowl with the mince.
  • Pour some chilli flakes over the mince and pour about 3 squirts of ketchup over the ingredients in the bowl.
  • Crack an egg into the bowl and, using your hands, mix it all together. Make sure everything goes evenly into the mince.
  • Divide the mince into patties (however thick or thin your desire) and fry them in a pan until the meat is done how you prefer it.
  • Serve it up on a burger roll and with whatever dad prefers on his burger!

Father’s Day Cake

This recipe idea was taken from Spoonful’s website (they’re courtesy of Disney) and it is absolutely ideal for the kids to make for their dad this Father’s Day. Once this masterpiece is put together, the cake will resemble a shirt and tie!


  • 22cmX30cm vanilla or chocolate sponge cake (can be bought, from a box or made from scratch
  • White paper
  • Pastel icing (try pick colour of dad’s favourite shirt)
  • Colourful frosting (for the tie)
  • Optional: if you want to really be creative, try get your hands on a cardboard shirt box (maybe ask a clothing store if they have old ones)

How to make it

  • If you baked the cake, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool down.
  • Once cooled, place it into the shirt box (if you’re using one), or else into whichever cake tin you’re going to be keeping the cake in.
  • Cover the entire cake with the pastel icing you chose.
  • Cut a long strip of the white paper and fold it into a circle to make a collar. Then cut two rectangles out of the remaining paper and place on the cake as cuffs (use sweets as cuff links).
  • Add the colourful frosting from beneath the collar, down to bottom of the shirt in the shape of a tie. You can also decorate the tie with sweets.
  • Serve it to dad and impress him with your tasty creativity!

Cooking any of these meals for your father will surely make him feel like a king! While some of the recipes may need dad’s supervision for the younger children; cooking with him will make the experience even more fun. To make sure the young ones can get fully involved, we have versatile step stools at our online shop – which are popular and perfect to reach those high kitchen counters!

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