Celebrate Mother’s Day the right way with these delicious foods
LUTHO PASIYA firstname.lastname@example.org
African News Agency
TOMORROW is Mother’s Day, and it is time to do a little spoiling! While you cannot go wrong with a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates, it is always more meaningful when you take the trouble to cook something for her. It does not have to be expensive or fancy either – some of the best Mother’s Day meals are cooked by children who put their heart and soul into the making of the dish, so even if it does not look great, it is still top marks for effort. Here are suggestions to inspire you in the kitchen. Effortless eggs Eggs are probably the most versatile breakfast item there is. They are an inexpensive source of good-quality protein and one of the most versatile ingredients used in cooking. Eggs can be scrambled, fried, poached, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, whisked into an omelette, breakfast casserole, or a frittata, and basically go with everything. Cinnamon rolls Because she probably taught you how to knead and use yeast, show her what you have learned with a big pan of cinnamon rolls. Tofu burgers If your mother is meat-free or even vegan, tofu burgers will do nicely – entirely plant-based, entirely delicious. You can put in slices of red onion, tomato, salad leaves, and a cooling garlic dip, made with vegan yoghurt or mayo. These are perfectly served with a big bowl of sweet potato wedges on the side. Lentil soup What could be more comforting than a bowl of lentil soup on a chilly afternoon? Crushed tomatoes, garlic, and a vegetable medley combine with lentils and fragrant herbs for an unforgettably delicious and hearty soup that your mom and the whole family will love. Stir-fry Stir fries are easy to prepare in large quantities, making them a great choice for any kind of lunch occasion. Consider prepping your stirfry ahead of time and then adding different sauces to each portioned lunch. Salad bowl A hearty salad bowl is also a satisfying lunch option. Start with a base of greens, then add your favourite toppings like roasted veggies, grilled chicken or tofu, nuts, and seeds. Drizzle with your favourite dressing and enjoy. Pizza What is better than a fresh pizza pulled straight out of a wood-burning oven, sliced, sprinkled with Italian herbs, chilli flakes, and drizzled with olive oil in the comfort of your own home? Nothing. This Mother’s Day, make mom’s favourite pizza. Cheeseboard The cheeseboard does not take that much effort to whip up and it looks really fancy too. What is even better, it does not involve any cooking. For Mother’s Day make a signature charcuterie board with cold meat cuts, fresh fruits, and cheeses. You can also include a block of Camembert that has been drizzled with honey. Heat this up either in the oven or microwave and you get a lovely cheese dip that is amazing with crackers. Pancakes A stack of pancakes makes a stellar Mother's Day dish, especially when you serve them with whipped cream, strawberries, and maple syrup – it is like having strawberry shortcake for breakfast. Fish curry Fish curry is satisfying, nutritious, and packed with a burst of Indian flavours. Onions, tomatoes, spices, and herbs enrich the taste and aroma of any fish curry and that is sure to delight your mom. Sandra Nagan’s South Indian fish curry Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large onion, diced 6 green chillies, sliced down the middle 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 tbsp Kashmiri masala 1½ tbs fish masala 8-10 ripe tomatoes 4 cloves garlic, sliced in half 2 stem curry leaves 4 tbsp black tamarind, soaked in hot water 2kgs fresh fish (salmon is especially good) A few small brinjals, chopped (optional) Salt to taste Method Soak the tomatoes in hot water until the skin starts to come off, then remove and puree in a food processor. Add just enough oil to cover the base of a flat bottom pot and heat. Add mustard seeds and allow to fry. Add diced onions, green chillies, and curry leaves. Once the onions are translucent, add the sliced garlic and masala spices. Mix well and allow to braise for a few minutes before adding the pureed tomatoes and salt to taste. Allow to simmer on medium heat for about 15 - 20 minutes. Mix tamarind in a little hot water then strain into the mixture. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes before adding the fish and brinjals, making sure you don’t break the fish. Swirl gravy around but do not mix. Reduce the heat and allow to cook for another 10 minutes or until the gravy thickens and the fish is cooked through. Garnish with coriander and serve with rice, bread, or roti.