Mothers are a little bit like superheroes. They’re pretty amazing at making hard work seem effortless, and for that they deserve a decent show of appreciation on Mother’s Day. The day itself might have snuck up on you this year, so we’ve prepared fail-safe last minute ideas guaranteed to knock her socks off.
Cook up a (simple) storm
Indulge the person who gave you life with a long, lazy Sunday brunch. Rustle up some deliciously fool-proof scrambled eggs on sourdough toast with lashings of fresh farmhouse salted butter. If you really want to show off your flair in the kitchen, go for poached. Just make sure you use the absolutely freshest eggs, or they won’t hold their shape as well and you might get a smile on the lips but a pity in the eyes that’ll haunt you forever. Get little ones involved with a twist on classic eggy bread with pear french toast and above all, take it easy in the kitchen. No one wants tears over spilt milk, burnt toast or cups of tea sliding off a tray. Also, no rushing her out of bed. This is Sacred Mothering Sunday. If she’s more of a lunchtime riser, stick to a classic roast with all the veggie trimmings.
Our blood orange curd recipe. Simple eh?
Make her a gift like it’s 1995
Remember that plate of mud with weeds in it (sorry, ‘garden on a plate’) that your mum loved back in the day? Well, channel that same unbridled love, care and attention and siphon it into some dedicated time for concentration (we know it’s tough guys, but you can do it) to make your mum a gift that’s truly like no other. Prep a simple pickle using the freshest new season forced rhubarb, or a blood orange curd that she’ll want the recipe for to show off to her friends. If feeling particularly crafty, whip her up some labelled jam jars to hold spices and make the world of difference to her pantry, or bash out a trivet made from mini wooden clothes pegs that’ll be a talking point of her coffee mornings.
Take her out on the town
It’s probably not often you get the chance to spend some quality time with your mum. Why not take a long stroll? It’s free and there’s no booking required! Go for a walk along the Regent’s Canal and take in the sights - around Little Venice or from Hoxton to Limehouse there are plenty of pretty nooks to see and cute cafes and pubs to pit stop at. Take a prom along the Thames at Hammersmith and take in the lakes, gardens and wild birds at the urban oasis that is London Wetlands Centre whilst you’re there. If time is too tight even for an outing, set a date in the diary and promise to take her out another day when all of London isn’t bustling to show their mums what good offspring they are. Make a date for cocktails infused with foraged herbs and flowers at the Brunel Museum’s secret rooftop garden or go bread baking at our producer Bread Ahead in Borough Market, laugh together over flying flour and take home your delicious efforts. She’ll love you for it.
Have a great Mother’s Day everyone!
Check out all our Mother’s Day recipes.