Mother’s Day isn’t the only time you can look after your mum. After all of the pack lunches, teatime snacks and home-cooked dinners your mum has prepared for you over the years, why not spoil her with some gourmet cooking that shows her just how much she means to you? Cooking for her will always be a welcome treat – whatever day of the year it is!
Whether you’re a budding Delia Smith or can’t tell your puree from your jus, these five recipes should be simple enough for everyone to attempt.
1. Eggs benedict
There are few more indulgent ways to start the day than with a decadent plate of eggs benedict.
Simply slice a lightly toasted English muffin in half, butter each slice, place crispy bacon on top, add a poached egg to each half and then top with hollandaise sauce. The bacon, eggs and muffins are all easy to prepare and you can pick up good quality, readymade hollandaise sauce in most supermarkets if you don’t fancy making your own.
Another great way to treat your mum is with pancakes. Easy to make – simply mix flour, milk and eggs – and delicious to eat, pancakes can be sweet or savoury depending on your mood.
Toppings can include everything from sugar, lemon and chocolate to cheese, ham and tomatoes – so why not give your mum the choice and cover your dinner table with an array of enticing options?
3. Mediterranean tart with goat’s cheese
If it’s lunch that you’re treating your mum to, this delicious, light recipe is the ideal midday meal.
For the tart, simply unroll some readymade puff pastry and place it on a baking tray. Place some sliced onions, courgettes, cherry tomatoes, goat’s cheese and olives on top and finish with a few dollops of pesto and a sprinkling of good quality olive oil.
Pop it in the oven for about 25 minutes and serve with salad and new potatoes. It’s guaranteed to be just as good as anything your mum enjoys at her assisted living accommodation – or anywhere else for that matter!
When it comes to teatime treats, it doesn’t get much better than a generous helping of creamy pavlova, so why not spoil your mum with this Antipodean classic.
Whisk egg whites and sugar into a meringue and bake in the oven until crispy. Once cooled, top with whipped cream, chopped strawberries and raspberry coulis and your mum won’t know what’s hit her!
5. Roast dinner
If you’re cooking your mum a special dinner, the recipe options are pretty much endless. However, there’s nothing like a classic roast to show off your cooking skills.
Simply choose your mum’s favourite meat and roast in the oven along with potatoes, carrots, parsnips and onions. Serve with fresh green veg, Yorkshire puddings and a generous helping of gravy for a spectacular evening meal.
Whatever you decide to cook to show your mum how much you love her, she’s sure to love the effort you’ve put in to make her feel special.