Mother’s Day shouldn’t mean burnt toast in bed and bad mugs from school stalls. If you are a mum, you can steer the family towards these menu suggestions, and if you have a mum, please enjoy these suggestions for Mum-friendly Thermomix dishes and tasty gifts that keep on giving. Of course, a Dani Valent membership is a gift that will bring joy and inspiration for a whole year.
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Happy cooking and happy Mother’s Day!
Breakfast in Bed
This smoothie is zoomy! I’ve embraced top chef Jock Zonfrillo’s approach with this green smoothie idea. I seized on three key elements: use a whole lemon, add macadamias and feel free to throw in whatever else you’ve got that’s green and fresh.
Two ingredients! These pancakes are the easiest thing ever because they require just chestnut flour and water. I also add a tiny pinch of salt to balance out the natural sweetness of the chestnut flour. Top them with a yummy pear bircher muesli (or just make the muesli and serve with yoghurt).
This amazing brunch is based on a famous Los Angeles dish that I have a hard time saying but no problem eating! It’s called The Slut, and it’s from a stand at Grand Central Market called Eggslut. It’s a coddled egg over mash: potato is classic but you can also try cauliflower.
Lunch or Dinner for Mum
Inspired by sauce running down my elbow at Momofuku in New York, the creation of these steamed bao for Thermomix has been a tasty victory. The bao are fluffy fold-over pouches and they’re filled with ginger-marinated duck, fresh vegetables, a lusciously punchy sauce and shatter-crisp duck skin.
Rendang is a typical Malaysian curry, an absolute favourite that’s loved all around the world. There are countless variations – today’s is cooked by Malay cookbook author Suriya, who I was delighted to spend time with in Kuala Lumpur.
If you’re not familiar with this kind of ‘rice’ please let me explain! For a start, it’s not actually rice, it’s cauliflower turned into a rice-like rubble. Lots of people eat it because they’re avoiding grains or carbohydrates. I just eat it because I love cauliflower.
Chocolate and peanut butter are besties so I thought they might like to hang out together in a layered tart! The tart is fun to make – we build it upside down then flip it right at the end.
Christy Tania teaches us how to make semifreddo (‘half frozen’), a gorgeous no-churn Italian ice cream with a dreamy creamy mousse-like texture. And along the way, we learn so much about eggs, meringues and desserts in general. Christy is so generous with her knowledge that this video is something of a dessert masterclass.
Do you know the words that stop me in my tracks? Chocolate. Mousse. Brownies. Think of these little squares of joy as a baked chocolate mousse, with separated eggs to give them a little air and no flour so we stay gluten free.
Gifts for Mum
Give Mum a beautiful butter press for Mother’s Day and some lovingly prepared freshly baked pretzel cookies. She will also love these delicious pantry condiments that make it easy for her to add pizzazz to any meal. All these condiments can be packaged into jars and kept in the pantry, except for the Ginger and Spring Onion Oils, which belong in the fridge.
Mum can create perfect butter pats with a lovely wooden kitchen tool, designed in Australia
I think quinces are magic. They start hard, fluffy and pale, but when coaxed with gentle cooking, they turn a deep, luscious ruby.
This flavoured salt is quick and easy and you can whack it in jars to give away as a colourful, flavourful, fragrant gift. It’s an incredibly versatile condiment: spicy, zesty and ready to add a kick to everything from fruit to prawns to mayonnaise. Turn cantaloupe or honeydew melon wedges from a kids’ snack into a thrilling grown-up nibble: arrange cut melon cubes on a platter and sprinkle over for a sparky pre-dinner conversation starter!
Bring ‘facon’ joy to all with this George Calombaris recipe. The Pumpkin Soup method in this video and recipe is interesting but it’s the ‘virtual bacon dust’ that is the real mind-bending taste explosion. It tastes just like bacon, but no pigs were harmed in its creation and there are just three ingredients. Use Virtual Bacon Dust on everything from scrambled eggs, to peas or pea soup or even sprinkled over a risotto or salad.
Vadouvan is the French version of an Indian curry powder and it’s a great condiment to have on hand. Put it in a jar for Mum to have in her pantry and tell her she can use it in my Emergency Lentil Soup, the Vadouvan Mussels video (where you’ll find the recipe) and in the Spiced Mini Rolls that are in my Entertaining cookbook.
‘Magic Dust’ is a flavoured salt that takes meat from mediocre to magnificent. It features in this nourishing recipe from chef Joseph Vargetto – Barolo-Braised Beef with Polenta Cremoso.
Furikake is a Japanese condiment that features in my Salmon & Rockling Poke with Furikake and in my Rice Crackers. It’s a handy sprinkle to have on hand to season scrambled eggs and soups as well.
A Dani Valent gift certificate is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your ThermoLoving Mum.
That special Thermomix owner in your life will love a gift membership to Dani Valent. A gift subscription entitles the receiver to one year’s access to the ever-expanding library of recipes and videos, as well as my many tasty foodie adventures PLUS she will be the first to know about new events, cooking classes and restaurant club dinners.
My third cookbook is full of delicious recipes packaged into 13 themed menus that will allow you to gracefully create stunning dinner parties, celebrations and occasions.
You’ll be the host with the most if you’re the cook with the book. Head over to my shop and purchase a copy for your beautiful Mum today.
If you’re looking for something really special for Mum this Mother’s Day, Dani Valent’s Restaurant Club is returning to Brisbane’s magnificent e’cco restaurant for one night only. Find out more here.
Or spoil her with a Simple Magnificence Cooking Class on Saturday 15 June at FareShare, Brisbane. There will be plenty of surprises, audience interaction, tastings and giveaways. She will love it!