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Tasty treat ideas for Mothers Day

 

Tasty treat ideas for Mothers Day

 

A few pointers on how to spoil Mum and show how much we appreciate them! With gift ideas and a menu for the day.

Mother’s Day will soon be here (a reminder it’s this Sunday!) – a day to show how much we appreciate them - those mums by blood or the special person in our life who also looks out for us, protects us, and cares for us.

I must admit to having to brainstorm when buying for my mum for any occasion – she’ll never tell me that she needs anything so always looking for inspiration! So here’s my thoughts!

A cook book is something I covet as a mum – I love cooking for family and friends and my favourite room in the house is our dining room with a big table that allows twelve of us to share good food, wine and stories! My first ever cook book was given to me when I left home (thanks Mum!) – it was Delia’s Complete Cookery Course (first published in 1978!). I still use it today for basic recipes and you can tell which dishes we cook most by the dog eared and food encrusted pages! I will regift it to my little ones when they leave the family home too. But probably a new and updated version!

On my cook book wish list at the moment is the eagerly anticipated cook book Roots by Tommy Banks who runs his award-winning, Michelin starred restaurant right here in North Yorkshire. I have been fortunate enough to visit The Black Swan in Oldstead and had a wonderful day working my way through the tasting menu at this informal and outstanding restaurant.  It was a taste experience I will always remember, and it was no surprise that it was voted the World’s Best Rated Restaurant by Trip Advisor late last year!  I love the idea of home grown, foraged food that is defined by the seasons and this book will showcase this in the best possible way I am sure. (Note to my offspring : please take note it’s not available until April so would be delighted with a table or room booking in the meantime!!)

If cooking is not your thing but books are, I can recommend my latest book crush! I read this in just two sittings and could have read it in one if I’d chosen to neglect the family, work and life! Gail Honeyman’s debut novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was a quick pick up from the bookshop which took me totally by surprise. I’ve added a photo as I chose it because I was visually attracted to the cover! No basis to choose a work of fiction from, but it worked for me. From the opening chapter I went through a rollercoaster of emotions – one minute laughing, next crying with a little awkwardness felt in between. I felt a little bereft when I finished this book which champions everyday courage, friendship and loneliness.

I must admit to being a lover of a bit of a pamper and a scented candle and I’ve tried many over the years, but the one I always go back to is from North Yorkshire brand, Neom. They have a wonderful product that fits both my requirements. Their Skin Treatment Candle needs to burn for 30 minutes to create a pool of oil (which smells amazing!) which means I soak in the bath and get half an hour to myself (bonus!), and then you blow out the flame, cool for a couple of minutes and drizzle the warm and calming essential oil over your body – it’s made from rich cocoa butter and almond oil great for nourishing your skin and destressing your mind! Bliss. Couldn’t recommend it more!

I think it’s fair to say that most mum’s appreciate something homemade or something you’ve taken some time over, and the best place for me to start is in the kitchen and if the younger chefs can help too, all the better.  Here’s a menu that I’ve used before and is always complimented on by my Mum, whilst loudly hinting about me making these again. She’s a pescetarian and a real flavour fiend so I find our oils and dressings perfect for the kick she’s always looking for.

The only stipulation with my Mother’s Day menu is that there’s not to be much time spent in the kitchen on the day so I make the crab cakes and pudding cake earlier in the day and just keep one eye on the risotto whilst enjoying the rest of the bottle of white wine, making sure it doesn’t stick!

Crab Cakes with Cucumber & Mint garnish

A classic light starter or lunch that uses our Smoked Chilli Dressing and our Mint & Balsamic Dressing for those flavour kicks (makes 8)

2-3 tsp Smoked Chilli Dressing

Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil for frying

3 tbsp cream cheese

100g white crab meat

200g cooked and crushed potatoes with skins removed

2 spring onions, finely sliced

2 tsp fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Fine oatmeal for coating

Cucumber slices

Mix the cream cheese and Smoked Chilli Dressing together in a bowl, add the crab meat, potatoes, spring onions and coriander and mix everything together well.

Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each one into a ball then flatten slightly into a small crab cake. Coat each one in the fine oatmeal.

Heat just enough Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil into a frying pan to cover just the surface and then fry the crab cakes over a moderate heat for just a few minutes on each side until golden brown.

Serve on a bed of thinly sliced cucumber marinated in our Mint Balsamic Dressing.

Mushroom & Herb Risotto

The Main Event. Find the recipe on our website. It uses our Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil with Herbs, and our Mint Balsamic Dressing again which is perfect as a tasty stir through at the end of the dish – goes perfectly with the parmesan shavings. Use a variety of mushrooms – the brown ones make a darker and more flavourful risotto.

Apple & Almond Cake

Finish the meal with this easy all in one method that I love. Apples are an easy choice – there’s so many varieties that you can find them all year round, but you know I have a love of eating with the seasons so in Spring this recipe is good with rhubarb; peaches or apricots in summer, and in autumn I use half blackberries and half apples. This reminds my Mum of her childhood so always a winner in her eyes.

180ml Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil

140g golden caster sugar

100g ground almonds

150g self-raising flour

½ tsp vanilla essence

½ tsp almond essence

3 eggs, beaten

80ml milk

2 small eating apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

50g toasted flaked almonds

Icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 190oC / Fan 170oC / Gas Mark 5. Grease and line a 20cm circular cake tin.

Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and stir in the sugar and almonds. Add the Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil, milk, vanilla essence, almond essence and eggs. Mix thoroughly until you have a smooth batter. Add the apples to the batter and stir through.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for about 45 minutes or until cooked through. A skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean when the cake is cooked.

Cool slightly before turning out onto a wire rack. When cold, decorate with a dusting of icing sugar and flaked almonds before serving.

With this menu in mind we can help you out! We’ve a range of beautiful hand packaged gift boxes and hampers – you can even create your own! But my choice is the Petite Hamper packed full of our best sellers (including that scrummy Mint & Balsamic dressing for the recipes above)! Sent direct with a gift message – we couldn’t make it any easier. Have a look on the website.

So hope that’s given you some inspiration to give your Mum a treat this Mother’s Day. She deserves to be spoilt rotten! And for all us Mum’s out there have a special day and enjoy knowing you are appreciated every day.

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