Father’s Day: From Hands to Table

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19th. If it’s completely slipped your mind, I can guarantee you you’re not the only one! Don’t know what to get your Dad? Trying to find good DIY projects on Pinterest but already know your finished product is not going to look anything like the pictures? I’ve heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. From ingredients in your hands to delectable dishes on the table, here are some ideas you can whip up easily with simple ingredients (that you might have already in your pantry) that will fit your university budget. They’ll also demonstrate to Dad your appreciation and love, of course.

1. Homemade Pizza
A healthier homemade version of your Father’s favourite go-to game night pizza. Don’t get scared of making dough! This recipe calls for ingredients that you probably have in your pantry (like flour and salt), and yeast can be found in most grocery stores in small packet sizes. Add your choice of sauce and toppings, stick it in the oven, and voilà, pizza that your Dad (and his stomach) will surely enjoy! (Did I mention that you also get a good arm day workout?)

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Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe – Makes 2 small-medium pizzas


  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon yeast (eg. Fleischmann’s Yeast)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • Few drops of vegetable oil or Pam


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C and line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. Add the yeast, salt, sugar, and water into a bowl. You can use a stand mixer with the dough hook, or your good ol’ arms with a spatula/wooden spoon to mix and combine with 1 cup of flour.
  3. Slowly add the remaining 1 cup of flour until the dough forms a ball
  4. Lightly flour a clean, smooth surface, and place the dough ball onto the surface. Knead the dough until it’s smooth and shiny-looking (TIP: poke the dough and if the indentation is filled back quickly, it’s done). This can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes, depending on how hard you knead! Form a ball when finished kneading.
  5. Lightly oil a clean bowl to prevent the dough from sticking. Place the shiny dough into the bowl and cover with saran wrap for 15-30 minutes, or when it has doubled in size.
  6. Take the dough out of the bowl and split into two. Take the first half and roll it, using a rolling pin (or clean wine bottle), into a circle until it is to your desired size and thickness. Place the the pizza dough onto the baking sheet and repeat for the other half. (You can split the dough into smaller portions to make smaller pizzas)
  7. Using a fork, make little holes through the dough. This prevents it from rising unevenly in the oven.
  8. Spread your desired sauces and layer with your desired toppings. Place in the oven middle rack for 15 minutes, or until dough is golden. Take your gourmet pizza out of the oven and cool for a minute before serving. Enjoy!

2. Chocolate Cups/Bowls
There seems to be a trending fad recently to use chocolate to make edible bowls. It adds a unique twist on simple dessert dishes, making it that much more exciting. Easy to make and easy on the eyes, you can fill these cups with your Dad’s favourite ice scream (of joy upon tasting), or some fresh fruit, or ice cream with fresh fruit! (TIP: strawberries are in season right now!). Did I mention that it means there are no dessert bowls to wash? Win win.

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Chocolate Cups Recipe – makes 4 cups


  • 300g of semi-sweet chocolate [or dark, or white in chips or baking bars (broken into small pieces) for baking]
  • Choice of filling for cups (suggestions: ice cream, fruit, pudding)
  • 4 small balloons


  1. Melt the chocolate via Microwave: microwave chocolate in a heat-safe bowl in 30 second intervals and stir in between to make sure not to burn the chocolate.
    Alternatively: Melt the chocolate via Double Boiler: Place a pot filled with water onto stove. Bring to a simmer and turn down the heat to keep it at a simmer. Place a heat-safe bowl on top and fill with chocolate. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the simmering water. Continue to stir until the chocolate melts.
  2. Let chocolate cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. In the mean time blow up balloons to your desired size (recommended 10cm diameter).
  4. Line baking sheet with wax paper (or parchment paper but wax is recommended). Place a small dollop of melted chocolate onto the parchment paper. Dip the balloon into the melted chocolate to create the bowl shape. Place the balloon onto the dollop on the baking sheet and hold for a couple of seconds to allow it to stick. Continue with the remaining balloons. (TIP: you can be even fancier and use a small spoon or chopstick to make designs like swirls on the edge where the chocolate on the balloon ends)
  5. Chill for at least 30 minutes, or until set.
  6. When the chocolate has hardened, pop the balloons carefully with a small pin or other sharp object. Carefully peel them away from the bowls and remove any bits of balloon left. Fill with your desired dessert and enjoy!

3. Cinnamon Buns From Scratch
What says, “I appreciate all your hard work” better than fresh-out-of-the-oven cinnamon buns? You don’t need to go to Cinnzeo to get that deliciously gooey cinnamon bun fix. Contrary to belief, they’re actually not that complicated, just a little time consuming. You can plan ahead and make the dough beforehand, so you’re all set to go the next day. These can be enjoyed with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea. Best enjoyed right out of the oven, but can be kept for up to 5 days (I doubt it’ll still be around by then). Recipe can be found here.

Image from Sally’s Baking Addiction

These recipes are easily customizable, so don’t be shy to get creative. The secret to delicious-tasting homemade food is the love, time, and effort that gets put into each and every dish. Let the food speak for itself, and let it help you show your Dad just how much you appreciate him. Happy Father’s Day and happy cooking!

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