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Published May 3rd 2013
Mum will think you are the best Masterchef ever
Celebrate Mother's Day by treating mum to a delicious breakfast, brunch or morning tea.
It is that time of year when little feet pad down the hallway carrying trays filled with handmade treats for Mum for Mother's Day.
A bleary eyed mum awakens to all manner of burnt offerings and little hand laid out treats. This year take it one step further and make Mum something really lovely for breakfast in bed.
Rather than make this a selection of recipes, I am choosing to give you some new twists on some of the ideas and recipes you may already have to make an even better Breakfast in bed experience.
[ADVERT]Poached eggs on toast Gently poach the eggs and place on toast. But in order to make this one more special, choose a gourmet bread - something that is handmade from an artisan bakery. As a twist try pan frying some spinach with garlic and popping it underneath the eggs.
If Hollandaise sauce seems too difficult to make, you can buy little glass jars of it in the supermarket and all you need to do is warm up the sauce and gently ladle it over the top. If it seems to thick, thin it out with a little milk, it is around $3 per jar.
Gourmet fruit salad Chop up pieces of fruit into a bowl, but to make it even more special go to the greengrocer's and find a few really unusual fruit such as achacha and mangosteen and add pieces in to make it really interesting. Your fruit salad could become a real talking point.
Artichoke hearts If you have never cooked these before they are really easy. All you need to do is chop off the top part of the flower and place them in a steamer for about 40 minutes. Then taking your warmed up Hollandaise sauce that you have previously bought in a glass jar, tip it into a small dipping dish and serve with a plate of your steamed artichoke hearts. Mum can pull the Petals of the artichokes and dip in the sauce.
For the sweet tooths amongst us - perhaps macarons. However you do not need to be a Masterchef - if you go up to Safeways or Coles, you can buy one dozen of these lovely little biscuits for around $7 and they look so pretty on a tray served for Mother's Day with tea. You will find them in the refrigerated cake section next to the bakery items.
Choosing sweets to share with Mum on her special day.*Image copyright Lesley Mitchell.
Delicate little baby pancakes In the supermarket you can buy the ready mixed pancake batter that you just add milk to and shake. Pour a small amount of the batter into the pan and cook the pancakes. Serve drizzled with honey and sliced banana or maple syrup.
Freshly brewed coffee of course.
Fresh orange or Apple juice.
Try a fancy tea instead of the plain black tea, visit one of the specialty tea stores and get something really lovely for mum to share on her special day
Remember to make your tray even more special by adding a little placemat and of course a single flower in a glass or vase of water.
Do you have a favourite recipe idea for breakfast in bed for Mother's Day ?
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Perhaps you have a fancy way of adding a twist to an old recipe or family favourite too.
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