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Sunday 16 March 2014

On my 'Mother's Day' Kitchen Table

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.

Chocoholic Mum

Image - Last Door Down the Hall

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.

Eco-Friendly Mum

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. 

Bake-Off Mum
Image: Last Door Down the Hall
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.

Dunelm Mill have a great selection of silicone moulds suitable for oven and microwave use, prices in  The Silicone Collection  range from 75p for a silicone heart shaped mould up to £8.99 for a chocolate house mould.  The 6 Flowerpot Silicone Cupcake Cases are £3.99 and the Macaroon Baking Set is £4.99.

Tea-Jenny Mum 

Masterchef Mum 

Image: Millie Motts

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 simple to use and requires no batteries and no cables, you just push the handle down and it twists and whisks. I found it to be well constructed and particularly liked being able to put it in the dishwasher.  You can see how it works HERE
The Nova Multi-Quirl is available from G3 Direct Ltd for £12.95

Foraging Mum 

Image: The Graphics Fairy
Foraging Mum likes to make the most of the food that can be gathered for free, whether it's blackberries in autumn or wild garlic in the spring.  Rosehips on a Kitchen Table is delightful little book full of hints and tips about foraging and recipes to make the most of your foraged goodies. Now is the time to forage for fresh, young leaves,  and I'm sure Foraging Mum would love to learn to make Wild Garlic Pesto or Nettle Risotto.  Elderberries, Blackberries, Rosehips and Sloes all feature with their own recipes. Tipsy Sloe Fairy Cakes: dainty fairy cakes with a hidden tipsy heart sound so tempting especially when served with clotted cream, as suggested in the book.

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
Published by Francis Lincoln Limited

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At 17 March 2014 at 00:51 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Nice roundup Janice and a really interesting one. Loving the sound of that spread from Hotel Chocolat. Their chocolate is always superb.

At 17 March 2014 at 06:51 , Blogger Unknown said...

Love the sound of the foraging book, I have a bit of a weakness for them :)
Janie x

At 17 March 2014 at 07:27 , Anonymous London Unattached lifestyle said...

My mum, were she still around, would have gone for the hazelnut spread.

At 17 March 2014 at 11:36 , Anonymous Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry said...

I think I would love all of these especially the hazelnut spread .

At 17 March 2014 at 11:58 , Blogger Unknown said...

great collection of gift ideas but there's no 'guilt-making Jewish mother' on this list... what to do?

At 17 March 2014 at 13:58 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

LOVELY round-up of goodies and I LOVE your different "mum" titles too!

At 17 March 2014 at 15:43 , Blogger Choclette said...

A very nicely done round-up Janice. Only how about the just "plain awkward" mum? I've got one of the whisks and thought it was really good, except it doesn't have a hole in the handle so I can't hang it up #nowheretoputit.

At 17 March 2014 at 16:02 , Blogger GG said...

A great round up of gifts and some really original ideas, like Janie I like the look of the foraging book too. GG

At 17 March 2014 at 20:23 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Jac, it's got a real chocolatey hit.

At 17 March 2014 at 20:24 , Blogger Janice said...

Me too Janie, something very satisfying about collecting ingredients for free!

At 17 March 2014 at 20:24 , Blogger Janice said...

Always a hard time, I'm sure she would have loved it X

At 17 March 2014 at 20:25 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Bintu, I feel the same!

At 17 March 2014 at 20:26 , Blogger Janice said...

There's only one answer to that - get her them all, AND a big bunch of flowers ;-)

At 17 March 2014 at 20:27 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Karen, I enjoyed writing it.

At 17 March 2014 at 20:27 , Blogger Janice said...

ha ha! I don't think you can win with 'plain awkward mum', no matter what you choose!

At 17 March 2014 at 20:28 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks, it's a nice little book.

At 17 March 2014 at 23:21 , Blogger Unknown said...

Lovely post Janice, I am now having fun deciding which category, or categories I fit into. I especially like the master chef mum items. X

At 18 March 2014 at 00:24 , Blogger tinkertink2010 said...

My mum is definitely a chocoholic mum! Am making her a chocolate cake and some white chocolate rocky road squares for Mothers Day :) Dont know what to get her present wise though!

At 18 March 2014 at 07:24 , Blogger Sylvia F. said...

Great round up! My Mum is a chocoholic mum ;)

At 20 March 2014 at 21:10 , Blogger Citrus Spice and Travels said...

What an amazing collection of goodies.

At 22 March 2014 at 13:45 , Anonymous Lou, Eat Your Veg said...

Lovely collection of gifts Janice, well thought out and plenty I might just consider buying!

At 24 March 2014 at 11:17 , Blogger Janice said...

A bit of fun just to make things more interesting, glad you enjoyed it.

At 24 March 2014 at 11:18 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Sylvia, you have it easy with a chocoholic mum, lots of choice!

At 24 March 2014 at 11:18 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Nanya.

At 24 March 2014 at 11:18 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Lou, I'm glad you liked them.

At 25 March 2014 at 12:52 , Anonymous Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy said...

That chocolate spread sounds divine. I am going to have to buy myself some.

At 26 March 2014 at 22:10 , Blogger Janice said...

I'm rationing myself to a little bit at a time!


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