This year’s #isomothersday is going to be different, isn’t it? Whether you are a mum, have a mum, are missing a mum because she’s far away, or sad because mum isn’t in your life for whatever reason, the special circumstances we all find ourselves in this year add a different tinge and tone to the second Sunday in May. I’ll be taking some celebratory food to my mum and leaving it on her front step. I won’t say more because she might be reading this…but, while I’ve got you is 10am OK, mum?
As for my own lovely little family, they tell me they’ll be taking on all the food and all the clearing up for the whole day. How lovely! They seem to have taken on the challenge with relish and there’s been a bit of whispering and planning. In case they end up looking at this page, I’ve gathered together a favourites list below for them to stumble upon.
Even if Mother’s Day couldn’t feel less relevant to you in whatever circumstances you find yourself, I promise these recipes still work without a Mother’s Day angle.
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Happy cooking and happy Mother’s Day!
Breakfast in Bed
Mum will love this quick, easy and healthy breakfast that also works as a jarred meal on the go? I certainly do! I love everything about this Smoothie Bowl, with the goodness of oats, nuts and chia seeds and a green boost from spinach and matcha, a Japanese green tea powder.
Crumpets are like the love child of bread and pancakes – you make a yeasted batter, let it rise, then cook the little rounds gently in a pan. There’s nothing like watching crumpets in creation and I guarantee Mum will love them too.
These fritters are perfect for Mother’s Day brunch or lunch. You can serve them plain but I love them with this pineapple chutney, invented when we ended up with half a pineapple that just didn’t have that much flavour. As so often happens, a dish that starts as an improvisation ends up becoming a firm family favourite.
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.
I tasted a peanut butter miso cookie at Falco Bakery in Smith Street, Collingwood, and instantly knew I needed to recreate the recipe at home. I absolutely love the sticky chewiness of the peanut butter underlaid with the salty funkiness of the miso and I know your Mum will love them too. The flavours are as round as the biscuit!
The main thing I need to tell you about these chocolate truffles is that they are life-changingly good. The second thing is that your Mum is going to love them. Berry-infused vinegar brings a tart finish, both undercutting and highlighting the richness of the chocolate ganache.
As soon as I ate this cheesecake, I knew my mission: get the recipe and adapt it for Thermomix. Now that I’ve done so, my life is pretty much complete. (If you don’t have a Thermomix, see the ‘traditional’ method below…bliss is still possible.)
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 the Thermomix shop and purchase a copy for your beautiful Mum today.