Moments that matter with Mum

This coming Sunday, it is Mother’s day here in the UK.

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While the media would like you to believe that flowers, chocolates, and sparkly jewellery are on the top of mum’s wish list, the reality is a bit different.

Parenting Magazine asked some of their readers what they REALLY wanted for mother’s day, and you may be surprised to see the responses. Top of the list were things like:

  • Sleep
  • A clean house
  • A day free from “Mum Routine”
  • Dinner made for them
  • Handmade cards, handprints, or other wonderful kiddie creations

Do you notice a pattern here?? These things can’t be bought in a shop, they aren’t expensive, and they show mum that she’s cared for.

Being a mother to two wonderful “little beans” myself, I can definitely agree with every item on that list! For me, mother’s day is a great opportunity to slow down, take a step back from the busy pace of everyday life, and just really revel in everything that I love about being a mother… cuddles with my boys, happy moments, and time together to enjoy one another’s company and savour the moments that matter.

If you’re still trying to figure out how to show your mum that you really care, why not think about providing her with a moment that would make a difference to her…. whether that is a moment to herself to sleep, a moment to savour the beauty of a beautiful bouquet of flowers, or a moment to enjoy a meal prepared for her (you get the idea!).

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If my mum lived nearer, I would make her a lovely cup of tea in bed, followed by a leisurely brunch of croissant with homemade jam, fruit salad, freshly squeezed orange juice, and some freshly brewed coffee. Naturally, the cafetiere would be wearing a Couva so that we could linger over brunch for as long as we wanted, knowing the coffee would stay just as hot for the second cup.

And if you’re still thinking of gifting your mum a little something, and she’s a coffee lover, how about a wonderful Couva cover for her cafetiere or her cup, so that she feels the warmth of those Mother’s day moments for longer? We’ve got lots of beautiful fabrics to choose from in our Shop!

And if all else fails, just make sure you call her!

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Happy Pancake Day!

Happy Pancake Day!

Whether you like them thick and fluffy or thin and crepe-like, everyone LOVES pancake day!
Growing up, I always used to look forward to the one day of the year where we would have “breakfast for supper”. My mum would make the most delicious, hot, fluffy pancakes that we would smother in melted butter and sticky maple syrup, a few pieces of smoky bacon on the side… heaven on a plate.

These days, my two little “beans” LOVE pancakes… and I mean LOVE with a capital LOOOOOOVE. Every Sunday morning, our ritual is to wake up early, have tea & biscuits in bed, followed by pancakes for brunch. We make big fluffy ones that soak in all the delicious sticky goodness that you can pour on top.

My eldest is a big fan of chocolate chip pancakes, while I tend to make a slightly healthier version for my youngest with mashed bananas and blueberries. The best part is that I make lots of extras and put them in the freezer so that they can be reheated in the toaster – a perfect quick hot breakfast before school!

There is nothing better than lingering over brunch with my loved ones – delicious food, gorgeous coffee (in a cafetiere with a Couva of course!), great moments with family. It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it!
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My favourite “go-to” recipe is a slightly modified version of the one found in the Delia Smith book “How to Cook”.

The best thing is that you can adapt this recipe to suit your tastes –

  • Use less liquid to make the batter thicker for thicker and fluffier pancakes
  • Add more liquid until the consistency of double cream for thinner pancakes that are more like crepes
  • Add in lots of toppings while you’re cooking the pancake: blueberries, chocolate chips, sliced banana, raspberries, sliced strawberries, raisins… the possibilities are endless.
  • Or you can mix flavours into your batter before cooking – mashed bananas are great, orange zest and dried cranberries, raspberry jam and flaked almonds, cinnamon and chopped apples and raisins.
  • If you prefer savoury flavouries (!!), what about mixing in some grated cheese and some crumbled bacon… yum!

And pancakes don’t have to just be for breakfast or pancake day! They make a really great dessert with some ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Cooking pancakes as a family is also a great opportunity to involve little ones in cooking – measuring ingredients, learning about different textures, helping with mixing, etc.

I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!

Happy flippin’ pancake day everyone!

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Delicious Pancake Recipe (makes about 8)

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of self-raising flour
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups of milk
3 tbsp melted butter

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add in the egg, milk, and melted  butter. Mix everything together, just until everything is combined. You don’t want to over-beat the batter – it’s ok if some dry ingredients are still visible.

Heat up a non-stick frying pan or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter on the pan for each pancake. (*if you are adding anything to your pancakes, like chocolate chips, or sliced fruit, add it now).
As the pancake cooks, you’ll see bubbles starting to form on the surface of the pancake which tells you it’s time to carefully flip it over. You’ll also notice that, if you sneak a peak under the edge, the cooked side is getting lovely and golden brown.

Cook the second side for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until golden.

When cooked, serve them immediately, or you can put the cooked pancakes on a plate in a warm oven until they are ready to serve – no one likes cold pancakes!

Serve these with warmed maple syrup and butter, or some Nutella, or whatever else you fancy!