We have always talked about flowers and chocolates as a tradition for Mother’s Day, a lovely gift to be sure. But why not whip around the Mullumbimby or New Brighton farmers’ markets instead, and put together a simple but elegant little feast, as an experience, just for her, not a mass-produced ‘thing’. Here’s a three-course meal inspiration that’s quick and easy, yet simply delicious – and please feel free to share your ideas too!
Where better to start than with Noel Baggaley’s oyster shots, from Brunswick Seed Oysters; a mouthful of plump briny oysters suspended in a spicy liquid of Noel’s own devising, a luxe Virgin Mary – although six would be better than one!
For the main course how about smoked fish pasta? You can pick up your fresh egg pappardelle from either Woodland Valley Farm or Gourmet Pasta, then head to The Bay Smokehouse for smoked mullet; this will be the foundation for your main course.
Smoked fish pasta: onion softened in olive oil (from Grumpy Grandma’s), capers, then white wine, creme fraiche (from Deb Allard’s Cheeses Loves You) brought to a gentle bubble then the flaked fish added, simmered and folded through the silky strands of drained pasta, reduced till glossy, adorned with parsley and lemon rind (Rancho’s for lemons, herbs from Iona herbs, Summit Farm, Kennedy Lane, Forrest Organic). Serve this with mixed leave to go alongside (Gourmet Salad Hut, Summit Farm, Organic Forrest, Wiccawood Farm), and a breadstick (from either Scratch Patisserie or Crabbes Creek Woodfired), slathered with Deb’s cultured butter perhaps (Cheeses Loves You) – this is a special occasion after all!
For the dessert be inspired by those huge and glorious autumnal Gala apples, three to a kilo, to be layered into a lemony Sicilian Apple Cake along with Marsala-steeped raisins, eggy batter, roast walnuts and topped with cinnamony pine nuts, baked till gold. You can find the recipe for Sicilian Apple Cake on www.mullumfarmersmarket.org.au
Why not accompany it all with a pretty bunch of chemical-free flowers (Summit Farms, Organic Forrest, Glenyce Creighton & JRA), all in honour of the person to whom we owe our very existence. Happy Mother’s Day!