Mother's Day is on its way, so it is time to think about how we are going to spoil her on her one special day. If you would like to make her breakfast in bed, or have a tasty lunch on the BBQ, then keep reading for some easy recipes that your mum may enjoy - for breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner. They are relatively easy, so older kids can get their hands dirty in the kitchen and help too. Go on, why not spoil her for every meal of the day! She deserves it.
In a bowl, combine 1 cup of self-raising flour, 1 cup milk and 1 Tablespoon sugar. Pour circles of the mixture onto a hot fry pan. When they bubble, flip over and cook the other side. Drizzle with maple syrup and decorate with sliced banana.
Banana & Chia Overnight Breakfast Bowl (* make the night before)
Combine 1/3 cup vanilla yoghurt, 1/3 cup milk, 1 banana (mashed), 2 Tablespoons white chia seeds, 2 Tablespoons oats, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence and 1 Tablespoon honey in a bowl, ensuring you stir well and all the chia seeds are submerged. Cover with cling film. Leave overnight in the fridge. Serve with raspberries.
In a pot, boil together 1 cup sugar, 1 cup of dried mixed fruit, 2 cups of water and 2 Tablespoons butter, until the butter has melted. Allow to cool. Preheat oven to 200 degrees fan-forced. In a bowl, combine 2 cups of sifted plain flour, 1 cup of sifted self-raising flour, 3 teaspoons mixed spice and a pinch of bi-carb soda. Stir in the cooled wet mixture. Do not over-mix. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes. Half-way through cooking, cover the cake with foil to prevent burning on the top. Turn out onto a cooling rack and enjoy warm.
In a shallow dish, combine 4 pork cutlets, 1/2 cup orange marmalade, 2 teaspoons fresh ginger (finely grated), 1 clove of garlic (crushed), 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice, 1 Tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce). Marinate the night before, if possible. When ready to BBQ, reserve the marinade and pour into a saucepan and bring to the boil for 2 minutes. Cook cutlets on the BBQ for 5 minutes on each side. Pour over sauce prior to serving.
Mexican Chicken Kebabs
In a bowl, combine 4 skinless chicken thighs (diced), 1 cup milk, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon mild taco seasoning, 1 Tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika. Marinate for as long as possible (preferably from the night before). Soak skewers in water for 15 minutes, then thread the chicken onto skewers. Place on BBQ and turn regularly until cooked. Makes 6 - 8.
In a bowl combine 500g green prawns (shelled and deveined), 2 Tablespoons soy sauce, 1 Tablespoon caster sugar, 1 Tablespoon lime juice and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Marinate for a few hours prior to cooking on the BBQ.
Add 1/2 cup of quinoa to a sieve and rinse under the tap. Add it to a small saucepan with 1 and 1/2 cups of water and boil for 15 minutes, stirring often. When the water has evaporated and the quinoa looks open and fluffy, remove from heat and cool down. In a bowl, combine 2 tomatoes (de-seeded and finely chopped), 2 shallots (finely chopped), 4 Tablespoons parsley (chopped), 4 Tablespoons mint (chopped), 3 Tablespoons lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Add the quinoa and serve.
* Cook sausages and other favourites for the kids on the BBQ. Serve with tabbouleh, a pre-packaged salad bag and soft rolls.
After a big day of spoiling mum and cooking, why don't you keep dessert nice and simple? Make your own ice-cream sundaes with her favourite ice-cream, whipped cream, chocolate topping and crushed nuts over the top. Alternatively, buy a pack of Cornettos and then you don't have to do any washing up! If you're looking for more ideas to make at home, however, check out the recipes for Healthy Apple Crumble, Carrot Cake, Banana Ice-Cream and Baked Cheesecake Bites. Now it is time for you all to put your feet up and relax. Happy Mother's Day mums!