Have I ever done a recipe roundup blog post? Who knows, but Mother's Day seemed like a good reason. I happen to love recipe roundup posts. It's nice to find a collection of similar recipes or recipes for a certain occasion/holiday all in one neat little package. So here's a Mother's Day Recipe Roundup to give you some ideas for this weekend.
As many of you know, my grandmother was the mother figure in my life. She was my father's mother and she was my favorite person. This will be my first Mother's Day without her. You can read more about her here: My Grandma and here: 2020 - The Gifts & The Losses. She was my mother in every way that mattered. So, when Mother's Day rolls around, I always think about her and the things she loved.
Food is my Love Language
I know I always kind of joke that food is my love language, but it really is. It's how I express and show a lot of my love. Sure, I might forget what day of the week it is most of the time, but darned if I don't remember the foods people love (or the ones they hate) without even trying. It truly brings me joy to buy those foods or create those dishes for the people I love. If my grandma was still here, I'd be visiting her this weekend and bringing her some of her favorite foods for Mother's Day.
Starting with this Rhubarb Galette. My grandmother loved rhubarb. She grew it and taught me all about it and this time of year she'd always make a strawberry rhubarb pie. I just planted a few varieties of rhubarb this year and I can't wait to watch them grow over the years. They'll come back year after year as one of the first signs of spring and will always remind me of my granny.
And as much as she loved rhubarb, she'd also really love that gorgeous Lemon Olive Oil Semifreddo up there. It's easier than you think and 100% make ahead.
What else would I make for her? Well, she didn't drink much, but I know she would have loved these Rhubarb + Elderflower Refreshers. I'd make hers a mocktail, but I know she'd love the tart, floral flavors of this refreshing cocktail.
And for a main course, I think I would make her my dad's Slow Roasted Salmon. She loved it. It's such a simple, satisfying, elegant meal. She also loved a roast chicken. Especially the crispy tail. She had a funny saying her mother used to say. Something about, "the last part over the fence..." I'll have to ask one of my uncles if they remember it. Anyhow. I have a Classic Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables recipe that will walk you through the simple process if you have a crispy chicken skin lover in your life.
So, if my granny was still here, those are the dishes I wish I could make for her. I'll list a few more Mother's Day Recipes here that I think are perfect for celebrating the special mother-figure in your life.
Mother's Day Breakfast or BRUNCH
You can never go wrong with scones, muffins, or cinnamon rolls, in my opinion.
Easiest Scones (so easy and so customizable!)
and for a more savory breakfast or brunch
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Pancetta and Herbs (perfect with an egg on top!)
Mother's Day Dinner Recipes
Pesto Crusted Halibut - simple and elegant
Carbonara - a beloved classic for a reason
and lots more here: I created a Perfect for Mother's Day category. Take your pick - no wrong answers here.
I hope you found this Mother's Day Recipe Roundup useful and fun.
Whatever you cook and whoever you're celebrating this Sunday, I hope you have a wonderful day full of lots of good food. We'll be hanging at home and planting some things. Some fruit trees and some flowering trees - I think I'd like to make planting trees and perennials a Mother's Day tradition. Hopefully someone will make me eggs benedict and mimosas... hint, hint. Have a great weekend! xoxo - Anita