This year, Mother’s Day, also known as Mothering Sunday, is 6th March. Here’s how to make your mother’s day:
Flowers: Flowers are a traditional gift for mother’s day, especially spring flowers such as daffodils which are just coming into season. The language of flowers varies a little, but cheerful yellow daffodils are linked with sunshine and make a lovely gift. Other suitable choices are pink roses (symbolising thankfulness, grace, joy and elegance), ivy (friendship and affection), lily of the valley (sweetness) and blue violets (faithfulness).
Chocolates: Another traditional gift, chocolates are always welcome. This year, though, why not make your gift more personal with homemade sweets? These chocolate truffles are easy and delicious.
- 300g dark chocolate(buy the best quality you can find, ideally 65 – 70% cocoa solids)
- 50g of butter (not margarine!)
- One 300ml pot of double cream
Break the chocolate into small pieces, put in a heatproof bowl and melt slowly in the microwave. Meanwhile, put the cream and butter into a pan and heat very gently until fully combined and the cream is just simmering (you should see small bubbles rising). Pour the cream over the chocolate, and beat them together until the mixture is smooth. Put the bowl in the fridge overnight.
The next day, heat two teaspoons under hot water and use them to make balls of the truffles. If you’d like to roll the truffles in a coating, do it at this stage – chopped hazelnuts, coconut or cocoa powder all work well. Drop the finished truffles onto a plate covering in clingfilm, and put them back in the fridge until you’re ready to give them (you can make them up to three days before they’re needed). To serve, place them in petit four cases and arrange them in a gift box.
A day out: plan a trip. In the area, there’s Jodrell Bank with its Discovery Centre, gift shop and cafe which makes a fascinating day out, or come and visit the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, which is full of beautiful spring flowers. Afterwards, come and see us for lunch (booking required), or call in for a cup of coffee.