Simple and sweet ideas for a homemade Father's day

Want to cook up a wonderful Father’s Day present? Your kitchen probably has all the ingredients to make him a homemade gift he’ll love right now. Here’s how to make the dad in your life his own personal spice blend, plus lots of other ideas to make this Father's Day special.

A homemade gift for Father's Day is a sweet way to show Dad some love this Father's Day. We've got lots of ideas for celebrating Father's Day at home (games night, anyone?) -- but before we get to that, here is one easy gift kids can make for their dad that will truly keep on giving: spice blend!

When you use spice blends as a dry rub on meat or veggies, it can really wake up your meals. A dry rub is just a blend of spices and salt that you add before cooking to power up your flavours. Dry rubs are a fast way to pack a lot of flavour in because unlike a marinade, you apply them last minute to the outside of the food. While they add sophisticated flavours, it’s very easy for even very young kids to mix and measure up a dry rub, and this present looks gorgeous in a pretty jar.  Don’t forget to give your mix a name -- maybe name it in honour of Dad!

Dry rubs go on meat, fish, veggies, tofu and potatoes - so, when you’re ready to use it, just lightly coat your food in oil, and then add about 2 tablespoons of dry rub, tossing and turning the food to thoroughly coat it in spice. You can use a dry rub before barbecue grilling, baking in the oven or using an air fryer. 

It’s fun to experiment with making your own, but here are a few recipes for you. 

You can also make a spice rub working backwards from our community-contributed Lamb Kabobs with Yogurt Cucumber Sauce recipe. Just combine in a jar:

  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

And then follow the recipe for a delicious meal!

Looking for other ways to celebrate Father’s Day? Go on a food adventure; enjoy fika (think high tea, but more fun); take on some cooking projects together; or enjoy these heartfelt ideas for celebrating from home. And for more ideas, follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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