Mother's Day is nearly here, it's later this year on 30th March so you still have little time to choose and buy your gifts. The gift you choose for your mother will depend on some key factors including price, availability but most importantly the gift should be something that your mother will like.
That got me thinking about different kinds of mothers and what they might like to receive so here is my little guide to gifts for different mothers.
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Along with flowers, chocolate is probably one of the most common gifts to buy for Mother's Day and it's an absolute must for the Chocoholic Mother. This is a time to look for something a little different and special like this Hotel Chocolat Hazelnut Spread.
Oh my, this is a delicious spread. It's richer and more chocolately than similar spreads that are available and, as well as making the perfect 'tartine' for breakfast or tea, it would also be delicous warmed and poured over ice-cream or baked into a muffin, or for the true chocoholic eat it straight from the jar with a spoon!
At £6.50 for 150g, Hotel Chocolat Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is a luxury product at a reasonable price. Hotel Chocolat have a wide range of different chocolate treats you are bound to find a special chocolate gift.
If your mother likes to buy organic and eco-friendly products she is going to love receiving a gift subscription to the Flow Box.
The monthly rolling subscription that you can cancel at any time costs £21.95 per month but by using the code GOFLOW13 at the checkout you can get your first box for £16.95. I tried out a Flowbox and was pleased with the range of products (not all food) and the quality of the contents. What I really liked about the Flowbox scheme is that there is also an online shop. This means that if you find a product that you really like then you can buy the individual items.
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Everyone seems to have taken up home baking. As well as being fun, it's a real skill to learn how to bake different types of cakes and cookies and there are always plenty of things that you can buy the Bake-Off Mum without breaking the bank.
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As you can imagine, I have no trouble at all thinking of gifts for Masterchef Mum! One idea that will appeal to the the gadget lovers is this simple but effective whisk.
The Nova Multi-Quirl is available from G3 Direct Ltd for £12.95
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In addition to the foraging chapters author, Carolyn Caldicott writes about how to Grow your Own fruit and vegetables and includes information about how to deal with the inevitable gluts! Some of the recipes that stood out for me were: Broad Beans Baked with Asparagus, Eggs Baked in Passata, Pepper and Chorizo Sauce, Parsnip Gnocchi and Rosemary and Honey Roots.
The final chapter is entitled 'What on Earth do I do with This?' and is a chapter devoted to the more unusual vegetables which might turn up in your veg box. Celeriac Champ looked good and I can't wait to try Beetroot Leaves with Walnuts, Raisins and Orange. Convert the most ardent Brussels Sprout hater with Brussels Stir Fry with Ginger Cumin and Chilli.
Rosehips on a Kitchen Table by Carolyn Caldicott
Photographs by Chris Caldicott
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