As Mother’s Day approaches, we find ourselves in a heartfelt celebration of the incredible women who have shaped our lives. Whether it’s your mum, a mother figure, or the cherished memories of a mum who’s no longer with us, this day is a tribute to their unwavering love and nurturing spirit.
When did the tradition of Mother’s Day begin?
Mother’s Day celebration goes back as far as the Ancient Greeks when they celebrated Rhea (Mother of the Gods and Goddesses) every spring. The Romans also celebrated a mother Goddess, Cybele, every March as far back as 250BC. In the 16th Century a special day was dedicated to giving thanks and honouring the Virgin Mary (Mother Mary). This tradition continued for many centuries, however, by 1935 it had started to decrease in popularity in Europe. Until World War II. In particular, The Americans and Canadians celebrated Mother’s Day during the war, feeling a crucial need to give thanks to their mothers whilst children were away at war. The British and other Europeans followed their comrades and they too gave thanks to their mothers and, since then, it has held a special place in the UK calendar.
How does food help us come together on Mother’s Day?
As with any other celebration or festival, food always seems to play a major role in bringing the family together. In the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day, often referred to as “Mothering Sunday,” holds a unique place in the hearts of families. While the origins of Mothering Sunday can be traced back to the Christian tradition of returning to one’s “mother church” and later evolved into a day to honour mothers, it has become a day for showing appreciation to all maternal figures. On this special occasion, families come together to pamper their mums with heartfelt cards, flowers, and thoughtful gifts. Many households indulge in a delightful Sunday roast, a cherished culinary tradition, as a way to honour and spoil their mothers. It’s a day filled with love, gratitude, and cherished moments, a time to express our deep affection for the remarkable women who have played such a vital role in our lives.
Mother’s Day baking recipe ideas
In this special blog, we honour these extraordinary women with a collection of delectable recipes. Because what better way to express our gratitude than through the joy of food? These recipes are more than just culinary delights; they’re a means to convey our love and appreciation. Either wish some simple homemade chocolate truffles or with a more elaborate cake, join us as we embark on a culinary journey that not only tantalises the taste buds, but also pays homage to the extraordinary bonds that make us who we are. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and celebrate these incredible women, past and present, through the universal language of food.
Especially created by Great British Chefs, this elegant raspberry and rose chocolate cake is a scrumptious moist chocolate cake that is filled with raspberry compote and decorated with rose Swiss meringue buttercream and rose petals.
These homemade chocolates are delicious and take less than 10 minutes to prepare. Rather than tempering, you can melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Pop them in a little bag and show your appreciation by crafting these velvety, melt-in-your-mouth delights that will surely sweeten the day for the incredible women who deserve nothing but the best.
Another wonderful home-baked gift that will impress your mum: these hazelnut and white chocolate biscotti will be too hard for anyone to resist, including you! The addition of Food Thoughts Luxury White Chocolate Chips results in a decadent yet light chocolate flavour to this otherwise traditional Italian recipe by Lucy Connelly.
This recipe by Charlotte White uses the zest of a lemon as a fabulous companion to the dark chocolate. The citrus note also complements the richness of the Food Thoughts Roasted Cacao Nibs and intensifies the flavour of Food Thoughts Organic Cacao Powder dusting. Charlotte’s truffles are quick and easy to make – if a bit messy – and look wonderful presented in a little gift box. These truffles travel well and last about a week. If you can resist them for long enough to give them!
They may look simple, but goodness me they are chocolate punchy! These chocolate biscuits are perfect to make with children so they, as well, can surprise their mum or grandma with a little treat. Brining a smile to your mum’s or grandma’s face doesn’t need to be overcomplicated, yet it can certain show the love and appreciation a family feels ❤️️