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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Mothers Day Treat

It's Mothers Day next Sunday so now is the time to think about how you will give your mum a treat. There are, of course, lots of possible special gestures to choose from but in my mind, breakfast in bed is a lovely way to start a day of pampering.

They say it is the thought that counts and when it comes to saying "I love you", nothing does it better than something that both shows thought and is made by your fair hand. So put a little thought into this breakfast in bed and make it yourself if you can. I'm sure a full English breakfast, followed by toast and tea would be much appreciated if your mother likes that and your skills can handle it. Or you could go with something a little simpler such as some homemade granola, followed by toast and jam.


350g oats
1 handful wheat germ
40g sunflower seeds
30g dessicated coconut
30g sesame seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower or corn oil
2 tablespoons runny honey

Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the oil and the honey and combine well. Spread the mixture over one large or small smaller baking trays to form a thick layer. Bake for 10 to 20 minutes depending on how well you like it toasted. Allow the granola to cool then transfer into an airtight container to store. Serve the granola with milk and dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas, cranberries and apricots.

And as this is a special breakfast, why not try a different beverage too. Maybe some lovely freshly squeezed orange juice or a different brand of tea or coffee.

Jo from Yenna Bean, is passionate about tea and says, "I would recommend something like a spiced chai. It is a blend of tea leaves and spices such as ginger root, cinnamon bark and cardamom seeds. It is different but very invigorating and delicious. We stock some at the shop if you'd like to try it." Should you find yourself there, stop for a slice of her homemade Victoria sandwich cake, featuring Jammy Cow seedless raspberry jam, or take your mother for one of her afternoon teas and enjoy our raspberry jam in a diddy little jar.

If coffee is your mother's preferred morning wake up drink then Eric from Coffee Cavern has a suggestion for you. He says, "A lovely coffee like El Obraje, Colombia. Maybe with marmalade or a citrus jam of some sort."

Of course, you may not be able to be there in person to present these delights to your mother so why not package up a bag of your handmade granola with a jar of jam and a special selection of tea and coffee and pop it in the post as a do-it-yourself Mothers Day breakfast? It may not be ideal but if it really is the thought that counts it should be well received.