So not only is it a long weekend – but on Sunday we pay homage to our dads (fleeting thought as to why us moms got short-changed with just a 2-day weekend..? Nevermind, I’ll get over it!). Having two girls, it is becoming increasingly noticeable how important the presence of dad is in their/ our lives. Sure…we can resort to the usual old “Don’t know what we would do without you dad?”, or even “Dad, you’re one in a million!”…but have you really sat down lately and contemplated your life without dad?
This is just one aspect of the importance of a dad, I can think of so many others as I watch my girls relish turning their dad into a human jungle gym when he gets home from a long day at work. And as much as he groans….he LOVES it all!
So – this dads day – I urge you to steal a quiet moment with your dad if you are one of the lucky ones that can…and just let him know in your own words that he is worth more than gold to you! And moms with little ones – a handmade card that simply says “Dad you are our rock/ or jungle gym” for that matter – is worth its weight in gold.
If you are needing some inspirational ideas of things to do with dad to make him feel even more like ‘the dude’, aside from those carefully chosen words, well then here we go:
1) If you are reading this blog then you are clearly a lover of spice and The Spice Route Winery in Paarl is thus, right up your alley!
“A sensory journey for the modern-day explorer with a love for authenticity and craftsmanship. Here the discoveries are endless, so relax and enjoy the journey. The vision for Spice Route is to offer local and international tourists a group of hand-picked artisanal producers, who puts as much thought, skill and passion into their products, as the Spice Route Winemaker, Charl du Plessis, does when crafting his wines,” says Spice Route Wines Owner, Charles Back.
2) We all know that boys love their toys regardless of how old/ young they are! How about booking dad a speed experience with “Fantastic Racing” who operate in both Cape Town and Joburg. This is a total racing experience and they offer all sorts of packages to suit any sort of dad.
And if you are a Kaapie AND dad’s stomach is still intact – whip him off down to the BLUE PETER in Blouberg for a pizza and ale to settle his nerves and for the guaranteed best view in Cape Town!
3) If staying close to home is on the order form for the weekend – then there is nothing heartier than a home-made curry accompanied with warm naan bread, freshly sliced sambals of rosa tomatoes and onions with a parsley and vinegar paste, steaming basmati, handfuls of coriander and steaming basmati with the added aroma of mustard and cumin seeds! Be it chicken, lamb, veg or beef….dive into your spice rack for some inspiration…Eat.Art always provides this in bucket loads especially in their Exotic Spice range: Indian Rogan Josh, Meat Masala, Indian Vindaloo, Indian Tandoori, Moroccan Ras El Hanout, Goan Fish Curry! Take your pick! However, ensure the fire is lit, the table is set and the meal is served with a good red wine and in good company…and you have a winner!
Oh, and if you feel like sharing your recipe with us – please do so…
So to all you dads out there, young and old (although forever young-at-heart of course)…may your dads day be blessed in each and every way…and hopefully with the added bonus of a tasty hot meal because after all us gals all know the way into a man’s’ heart, don’t we 😉
Written for eat.art by: Nancy Hoepner – Magpie: Creative Marketing, Design and Lifestyle
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie. Having worked with the Eat.Art team before, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the Eat.Art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.