Treating mum to the perfect Mother’s Day: our guide
Always, always start with breakfast in bed.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and you still haven’t a clue what to do.
Here’s a secret; Mum’s don’t actually want a thousand gifts and a big day out. They’d much rather have a nice quiet day without any thought of dishes, or answering 500 questions while they’re in the bathroom, (yes Dad; that means you too).
Start with a beautiful breakfast and make sure all her favourite things are on hand throughout the day, then don’t let her wash up ANYTHING and be certain you’re available to make her a cup of tea or find her phone. You’ll be well on your way to executing the perfect day.
Here’s a beautiful breakfast idea to give you a head start. Now; because I know you’re a little disorganised and will still need mum’s help, this mother has written a shopping list, (including some other things I know she’ll need for the day), a to-do list for the day before and a how to for Sunday morning.
Yep, that’s THIS Sunday the 10th. You’re welcome…
Salted white chocolate, thyme and nutmeg pancakes, with honey baked plums, fresh blueberries, lemon zested ricotta and toasted almonds.
Saturday Morning – Shopping
Ok; you have to hit the shops at 8am so you’re can grab everything you need. Today is not the day for sleep ins. Read this list, then check your pantry and fridge first. Mums love a responsible family. Ask her if she needs you to get anything from the shops. You don’t need to try and hide the fact you’re going. She knows it’s for her, she’s smart. Now’s the time for you to be smart too. Remember the eye in the back of her head? It’s real. So; print this page and take it with you, as well as a pen to cross things off as you get them. I’ve written this recipe for 4.
1kg plain flour
500g castor sugar
100g white plain chocolate (Lindt is perfect)
100g flaked almonds
Honey for drizzling
A nice Australian sparkling non vintage. Get 2 bottles, she’ll be so glad you did.
A magazine. You know what she likes. Here’s a hint: the one she hides from Dad because he whinges about the waste of money.
FRUIT & VEG
1 bunch thyme
2 punnets blueberries
A punnet of raspberries to eat in the bath. (Don’t you dare give them to her in the punnet!!! Put them in a pretty bowl for goodness sake.)
2 litres milk—there’s never enough milk in the fridge, and get full cream. Today is not the day for skimmed milk.
Eggs. You only need one, but grab a dozen.
Butter for cooking pancakes
A nice triple cream brie for later with a movie
Moisturiser for dry skin. That’s right, you’re going to rub her feet and massage her hands. Yes! YOU.
A nice bunch of flowers. If you get them from the supermarket, make sure to remove that tacky wrapping and bin it. She doesn’t need the fact that you’re a cheapskate confirmed on her special day.
Saturday Afternoon Prep – Salted White Chocolate, Thyme & Nutmeg Pancake Batter
1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
A good pinch of salt
1 dessert spoon of castor sugar
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 sprigs of thyme picked
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup vinegar
60g of butter, melted
100g of good quality white chocolate, chopped into irregular pieces
- Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, nutmeg thyme and mix to combine.
- Break the egg into a small bowl, add the milk, vinegar and melted butter, mix well. You’ll notice the mix curdle a little because of the vinegar. This is exactly what you want. When that vinegar combines with the baking powder, you’ll achieve fluffier pancakes.
- Make a well in the centre if your dry mixture, pour your wet mix into the well and whisk together from the middle out, until your batter is smooth
- Add the white chocolate and mix again with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is evenly distributed in your mix.
- Pour your batter into a container with lid and pop into the fridge ready for the morning.
For a GF batter, substitute the plain flour and baking powder with a pre-made gf flour mix and add an extra 1/4 cup of milk. This batter will be looser, but it will thicken overnight, especially if the flour contains tapioca.
FOR THE LEMON ZESTED RICOTTA
The zest of 1 lemon
A pinch of salt
A tablespoon of castor sugar
1/4 cup of pure cream
In a small bowl, beat all of the ingredients together until well combined. Wrap with cling wrap and keep in the fridge until tomorrow morning. Maybe write a “Please DON’T eat” sign on the top, so that nobody sticks their dirty fingers in the mix when they’re bored and looking for love later.
On a tray in a pre-heated 180C oven until they’re golden. Set your timer at 10 minute intervals so you don’t get distracted by YouTube. Cool and pop them into an airtight container for the morning.
Wash your face and brush your hair. This will make her super happy.
Pop the kettle on and brew Mum a tea or coffee. You’ll give this to her in bed whether she stays there to eat or comes to the table. Once it’s ready, sneak it in to her with the magazine. DON’T wake her up excitedly, remember that part about it not being about you? Kiss her on the cheek and let her know it’s on her bedside table and you love her. Then leave her alone. She’ll probably cry. Peace and quiet is a golden gift.
BAKE YOUR PLUMS
Honey for drizzling
- Line a small tray with baking paper and set your oven to 180C
- Cut the plums around the seed, using their natural seem as a guide and twist in half.
- Remove the seed and place on a baking tray, lined with baking paper
- Drizzle over the honey, not too much, and sprinkle on salt.
- Cook until soft, about 15 minutes.
While they’re in the oven…..
COOK THE PANCAKES
By heating a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add a good knob of butter and swirl it around so the surface of your pan is coated.
Use a ladle to add enough of the batter to the pan for each pancake, you can cook 2–3 at a time, just leave yourself enough space for flipping. This batter will make 10 which allows you to “accidentally” burn 2.
Cook pancakes for 1–2 minutes, you’ll see bubbles coming to the surface, use an egg flip to turn them and cook 1-2 minutes more. Pop them on a tray on the bottom rack of the oven and turn your oven down to 120C so everything stays warm while you…
MAKE A JUG OF ELDERFLOWER SPRITZ
JUST cover the bottom of your jug with elderflower cordial, then pop in the ice and half a sliced lemon. Half fill your jug with the sparkling wine and top it up with mineral water and set aside. I know, alcohol for breakfast? Mum will be excited because deep down, she still likes to be a little naughty.
IF YOU’RE TAKING A TRAY TO MUM IN BED
Go in to her firstly and set her up so she’s sitting comfortably. Grab her empty cup and head back to the kitchen. Pour the spritz and take the tray into her with one of the prettiest flowers from the vase on the table.
IF YOU’RE ALL SITTING AT THE TABLE
Pop the jug of spritz down alongside the plates of pretty pancakes, then call Mum to the table. DO NOT let her get up to do anything. It’s Mother’s Day. You are her slave ALL DAY.
While you’re clearing away the dishes, pour her a bath with lots of bubbles and set up a little stool or table with candles, a glass (bottle) of sparkling wine, the raspberries and music. Set up the lounge for a movie of her choosing—it’s the perfect time for foot rubs and hand massages. No, you can’t play Minecraft on your iPad. You’re loving your mother, not fighting the Ender Dragon.
If you’re getting stir crazy jump up and make a little cheese platter with that triple cream brie, some crackers and cut apple.
Pour her some more sparkling. Once the movie’s finished she’ll want an afternoon nap. Tidy the lounge, wash any remaining dishes, sweep the kitchen floor. Well done. Best Mother’s Day ever.
P.S. I won’t tell her if you don’t. We’ll pretend it was all your idea.