insideKENT Magazine Issue 60 - March 2017 - Page 60

FOOD + DRINK

Mother ’ s Day

AT HOME

Mother ’ s Day can be a little bit of a faff for families . It shouldn ’ t be , of course , and it needn ’ t be , but trying to find something fun and exciting – and , crucially , different – to do to celebrate the wonder that is ‘ mum ’ seems to get harder every year . If you were to ask your mum what she would truly like though , or if your children were to ask you , nine times out of ten the answer would likely be to stay at home and be a bit spoilt . You don ’ t need to spend a million dollars to make your mum feel a million dollars and one surefire way to impress is to whip up some spectacular meals throughout the day – spend some quality time together and eat well ; your mum will thank you for it .
Breakfast In Bed
There are two crucial elements to this : firstly , make sure you ’ re staying at your mum ’ s the night before Mother ’ s Day and secondly , make sure you ’ re up and out of bed before she is . Once you ’ re up and about with the addition of any little helpers in the form of grandchildren , here ’ s a great breakfast-in-bed recipe to start the day with .
HONEY GLAZED HAM & CHEESE CROISSANTS
Quick and easy for the little ones ( and the less cheffy big ones ) to make , these filled croissants are great with a cup of fresh coffee .
INGREDIENTS :
• 2 croissants
• 4 slices of ham ( the best quality you can get , naturally )
• 4 slices of cheese ( what ’ s mum ’ s favourite ?)
• 2tbsp Dijon mustard
• 2tbsp honey
• 1tbsp brown sugar
• 1tsp poppy seeds ( optional )
METHOD : 1 . Preheat the oven to 190 ° C . 2 . Slice open the croissants lengthways and pop a slice of cheese inside . On top of that , put two slices of ham , and then another slice of cheese . Put to one side .
3 . In a small bowl , mix the honey , mustard and brown sugar together . Brush the mixture on the top of the croissants . If you are using poppy seeds , now is the time to sprinkle them over the top .
4 . Bake in the oven for 6-7 minutes until warm and gooey and serve immediately .
Afternoon Tea
Traditionally , afternoon tea is all about finger sandwiches , scones with cream and jam and a variety of bite-sized cakes and tarts – as well as a pot of good quality tea . That ’ s all lovely , and if your mum loves that kind of food then go for it , but adding different , more personal ingredients to your afternoon tea is a nice touch . Why not serve up some of the tasty treats that you both love , or things that you baked together growing up ? It ’ s more about the memories than the food sometimes and everyone loves a bit of nostalgia .
Including photographs with your afternoon tea is a really thoughtful way to show you care . Decorate your afternoon tea table with images of you and your mum , reminding her of the special times you ’ ve had together . As you sit and enjoy the delicious food you ’ ve laid out ( making an effort here to whip up what you can yourself will always be appreciated ) you can reminisce about each photo and – if there are grandchildren involved – they can play their own part too .
60