Make Mother's Day special with a memorable breakfast

Mother’s Day rituals include the dutiful phone-call, the hastily-ordered bouquet, the box of chocolates and, for conscientious kids, breakfast in bed. Modern Mums though deserve a breakfast that is a little more ambitious than a bowl of Frosties and a cup of tea, and more health-conscious than a potentially lethal full English. Make Mum’s day with a breakfast that shows a little imagination.

  • Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and lots of black pepper is a luxurious dish that isn’t too heavy. Blend the eggs with butter, leave out the salt as the salmon provides all the seasoning, and keep the toast on the side as the eggs tend to make it soggy.
  • For a touch of colonial decadence, a lightly-spiced kedgeree made with rice, smoked fish, preferably haddock, hard-boiled eggs and a few peas shows a sense of style. For presentation, dig out one of those heart-shaped cake cutters from Valentine’s Day and arrange a perfect heart on a dark plate, with a sprig of parsley to garnish.

  • An exotic fruit salad will please healthy Mums. Pineapple, kiwi fruit, peaches and banana make an ideal combination. Serve with fresh natural yoghurt and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds for a colourful finish.
  • Kids with a talent for baking might consider home-made muffins, which have the advantage of filling the house with that delicious baking smell. Remember not to overwork the batter, and remember not to leave the washing-up for Mum.
  • Drinks should have a sense of occasion about them. Coffee must be fresh-ground with warmed milk; tea should be something a cut above a Typhoo tea-bag in a cup. A glass of cava mixed with fresh-squeezed orange juice is a classy touch, although if Mum has been out clubbing on Saturday night, best just stick to the coffee (and best leave breakfast until around 10 at the earliest).

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