Celebrating Mother's Day the simple way

Posted on April 24 2016

Party Pavlova from The Dailys

Mother’s Day is a beautiful celebration of wonderful women – the amazing mothers in our lives. Often, however, the meaning behind holidays can get lost under endless gift guides and the stress of purchasing gifts when they’re not really needed or even wanted.

We believe in paring things back and striving for simplicity. For us, Mother’s Day is a unique opportunity to celebrate mum, without the expectations of grand gestures. We often hear our mums saying, ‘it’s the card that counts’, so instead of splashing out on unnecessary things, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day the simple way, and we’d love for you to join us.

A simple way means a beautifully made card with a handwritten message. Thoughtful words, sweet sentiments and lots of love. A simple way means going for a walk with mum, gathering a few flowers or small branches of greenery along the way and adding them to a vase at home. A simple way means considering how to use this beautiful day to contribute to an important cause such as walking in the Mother’s Day Classic with family in tow.

For me personally food is love so I'll be attempting to put all my feelings into a cake -perhaps a Sicilian Orange Cake or if the weather is still warm, a sunny pavlova.

Party Pavlova

Whisk eight egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add in about 500g of sugar, beating until the mixture stiffens. Stir in a pinch of corn flour, vanilla and a couple of handfuls of chopped nuts. I used macadamias and almonds because that's what was in the pantry. Shape into two discs about 20cm in diameter on baking paper and then put in a 180C oven. Immediately turn down to 150C and cook for about an hour. Turn the oven off and leave in the oven to cool completely.
Whip 400ml of cream with a couple of tablespoons of honey. Slather cream over the upturned side of one of the meringue discs. Hull and slice two punnets of strawberries and place on top of the creamed base before sandwiching with the remaining meringue disc.

It’s the moments that really count, time spent with family, even if they’re driving you mad. Slowing things down in a world that’s increasingly fast. Being with the people in front of you. We think that’s one of the best things to give anyone, especially our mums. Let’s celebrate with simplicity.

What does a simple Mother’s Day mean to you?

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Image & recipe courtesy of The Dailys.

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