It’s almost Mother’s Day so start planning how to show the woman who raised you how much she means to you. That begins with exploring some Mother’s Day menu ideas, so look no further – we’ve got you covered.
Mother’s Day, like every day, begins with breakfast – perhaps the most divisive meal of the day. From gut-busting fry-ups, to nourishing smoothies, to nothing at all, nobody can agree on the best way to start the morning, so who are we to tell your mother hers?
The best thing to do is simply to put the effort into making her usual breakfast that extra bit special. If she likes her first meal of the day to be light and sweet, then why not try baking these chocolate muffins with a soft and decadent filling? If you’re not a morning person, you can always make the muffin batter the night before and leave it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake (or if you’re not sold on those, try one of these delicious muffin options instead).
On the other hand, if your mother likes to fill the fuel tank with something more substantial, you can’t go wrong with a room-service standard egg breakfast. We’ve got a great healthy recipe for vegetarian eggs Benedict right here, but there’s nothing stopping you from swapping the tomato slices for bacon rashers if she’d prefer. Mother knows best, after all.
Brunch isn’t just for those who choose to skip breakfast. It’s still very much on the cards, whether you’ve already eaten or not. After all, it’s a special day.
Taking a break between breakfast and lunch should give you time to enjoy one of the highlights of your Mother’s Day meals. Again, we present a choice of sweet or savoury, so you’re good to go whether you decide to match the breakfast vibes or counter them.
Representing savoury, we’ve gone for a delicious cheese, bacon and leek quiche recipe, given the suitably cheesy name of 'quiche leekraine' and originally published in the Jamie Oliver magazine. But be warned, the salty bacon and cheddar cheese make this a very rich way to start the day, so it might be a better option for following breakfast rather than starting the day.
For the sweet option we recommend this roast plum French toast recipe at Great British Chefs. OK, so it’s a bit early in the year for plums, but the French toast recipe itself is second to none. If you can’t get your hands on any decent plums then swap in any red fruits you can get your hands on, or pineapple rings instead.
Mother's Day Lunch Ideas
Having had breakfast and brunch, your mother probably won’t want to sit down to lunch until a little later than usual. That’s good. It gives you plenty of time to work on something special in the kitchen.
However, since we’ve already had two meals, let’s keep it light. We’ve gone for two very different gourmet-grade dishes that look minimalist on the plate, but pack enough flavour to get the crowd hyped at a hip-hop show.
Or maybe you’d prefer to opt for something more on the healthy side? We get it. After all, if you’ve stuck to our menu options so far, you may have already cracked more eggs than a paragliding chicken.
In that case, let’s go for something completely different with this flavourful Cantonese-style steamed salmon. The dish itself only uses 5 ingredients and takes just 20 minutes to make. The secret is investing in the best quality salmon steaks you can find.
Mother’s Day dinner is arguably the most important meal of the day. It is, of course, the closer – the last meal of the day – and therefore the one your mother is likely to remember the rest of this year’s Mother’s Day by. Don’t fluff it up.
That said, you don’t want to overthink it either. Take inspiration from a time-honoured classic like carbonara and give it a fresh twist to remember your effort by. Mother’s Day precedes the beginning of spring, so why not throw in some delicious fresh spring peas?
So there you have it – a pick-n-mix selection of surefire Mother’s Day menu hits that we’re sure will keep the whole family happy. Just remember to keep a note of her favourites for this time next year.
One famous Cajun dish is Louisiana Cajun Boudin sausage. Louisiana Boudin is a pre-cooked sausage made from ground pork meat, vegetables, and cooked rice, which is then generously spiced and stuffed into a sausage casing.