Cooking for Dad

I credit my Dad with my meat obsession. How do you want your steak? Blue rare. Would you like the chicken or the beef? Beef please. Want a bite of my BBQ pork bun? Um...can we be best friends? The love affair started at a young age; butcher paper brings back fond memories. Father daughter visits to China town... one BBQ pork bun, one curry beef bun and some sliced up bbq pork (with a little bit of fat) please. Wrap it up in butcher paper. Scenic route. Eat delicious food. Drive home. Hide butcher paper from Mom. It was a wonderful system we had going (sorry Mom). Though to be honest I am certain she knew about what was going on. Regardless, these precious meat moments were coveted times with my Father. I think one of my Dad's proudest moments was when I ordered a rack and a half of ribs at a restaurant at the tender age of 12 years old. Bless. Food is more than food. It is nostalgia, memories and love. We eat and share with the people we love and it is beautiful. For this Father's Day, I thank my Dad for all he has done. I thank him for sharing his love for delicious food with me by cooking him the very meal he used to love to cook for us growing up: Beef short ribs.

Family Cookbook

When my husband and I got married we embarked on a foodie project to thank our parents for all they had done for us. We created a family cookbook combining our old family recipes into one and gave it to our parents as a gift.  Under the title Family Cookbook we had written: two hearts, two backgrounds, one family. These words are so true. As we scanned the old recipe cards and pictures we began to truly appreciate where we both had come from. In this digital age generally people are moving away from recipe cards and towards online creations. It became apparent to us that by making this cookbook we were not only creating an archive of delicious family recipes, we were preserving a piece of our heritage. One such recipe in the family cookbook is my dad's famous "Korean short ribs". The scanned recipe is stained with sauce from past drippy meaty moments, as it should be. I prepared this recipe for my very first time as an early Father's day dinner for My mom, dad, grandfather and husband as we would be away Father's day Sunday for our summer vacation. We are sad to miss out on the family events on Sunday with the rest of our siblings, but are happy we could do a small lovely dinner this week. Camping and exploring the Rocky Mountains await us. Until then...good food and good drink.

  One of My Dad's pages in the family cookbook created by my husband and I. Dad's Korean Short Ribs recipe and his favourite lamb recipe

One of My Dad's pages in the family cookbook created by my husband and I. Dad's Korean Short Ribs recipe and his favourite lamb recipe

Buy Local

First things first, let's get some delicious local product. For the beef short ribs, I went no farther than our own local Slater's Meats. If you grew up in Victoria, B.C. you know and love Slaters. Founded in 1954, Slaters has been a staple of Victoria's foodie community for years. Voted runner up as "place to buy meat" by Eat Magazine's 2015 Exceptional EATS awards winners and highlighted in their people skills section, you know you are getting both quality product and exceptional service. Excerpt from Eat Magazine: “...Geoff at Slaters First Class Meats is the most attentive butcher around. he always remembers my preferences so that I hardly have to specify when I make an order.”

Geoff is old friends with my husband and I, so a text message later and delicious beef short ribs cut 2 and a half inches each were waiting for me... looks amazing.

  All the ingredients for my Dad's beef shortribs recipe. Beautiful beef shortribs from Slater's Meats. I prepared and marinated the beef overnight like he always did when he cooked this dish for us.

All the ingredients for my Dad's beef shortribs recipe. Beautiful beef shortribs from Slater's Meats. I prepared and marinated the beef overnight like he always did when he cooked this dish for us.

After marinating overnight, I ran home from work to get the food going. I drained the short ribs, got the oven preheated for 350, began to boil the marinade, and prepped the local BC potatoes and Zucchini.

  prepping local grown potatoes with fresh rosemary from our garden

prepping local grown potatoes with fresh rosemary from our garden

  The Beef shortribs from Slaters ready to go in the oven

The Beef shortribs from Slaters ready to go in the oven

Appetizers and Wine

My parents brought some handcrafted freezer Hors d'oerves appetizers from cooks day off and a bottle of BC red: lost inhibitions wines, from Church and state. "You didn't hear it from me." We sipped and munched on the patio and enjoyed the gorgeous weather we have been having lately. Don't you just love where we live?

  You didn't hear it from me: mouthy BC wines from Church and State.

You didn't hear it from me: mouthy BC wines from Church and State.

  Crispy Wontons Filled with Camembert and bacon from Cook's Day Off

Crispy Wontons Filled with Camembert and bacon from Cook's Day Off

Table Centerpieces

For my DIY table centerpiece I went with what I had in the house, mason jars, burlap, twine, dried flowers, pasta birds nest and long candles. My go-to in a time crunch:

  It should be noted that my dad ate the chocolate eggs out of the "birds nest" in the centerpiece. He was given a Father's day pass...this time.

It should be noted that my dad ate the chocolate eggs out of the "birds nest" in the centerpiece. He was given a Father's day pass...this time.

Main Course

The Beef shortribs are finally ready and my kitchen smells great, let's dig in! BC wine on the table: Lake Breeze Meritage from Naramata Bench, BC. and Desert Hills Viognier from Black Sage Bench, outside Oliver B.C. Both bottles purchased from the exceptional local BC Wine Guys.

Dessert

My dad is a coconut fiend. For dessert I picked up coconut cream bites from Pure Vanilla Bakery and Cafe on Cadbora bay rd. as well as some lemon curd and chocolate caramel bites for good measure. Simply sinful.

Gratitude

The opportunity to share moments such as these with my loved ones fills me with gratitude. This was the first time I cooked this favourite meal of my father for him after the many years he prepared it for us. Being together with my Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Husband and enjoying this wonderful food is truly a blessing. Thank you to my amazing father for all of the loving, fun, and happy memories over the years (food and non-food related alike). I was so delighted to be able to cook your beef shortribs recipe for you this Father's day. I owe thanks to my husband, the real cook in our family, who gave me pointers and helped me make this meal a success. Thank you to Slater's meats, BC wine guys, Lake Breeze Wine, Church and State Wines, Desert Hills Estate Winery and Pure Vanilla Bakery for your beautiful product that made our meal so lovely. (Extra points for Slaters, BC Wine Guys and Pure Vanilla for being neighbors to each other; as a busy on the go person I love the convenience!)

Through food we share life's moments.

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