From Raymond Blanc to Deliciously Ella, we spoke to those in the know for some foodie inspiration and a gastronomic ode to mums
The Chiappa sisters
Who: Michela, Emanuela and Romina, the Italian-Welsh sisters who cook simple, fuss-free family food inspired by their heritage. They all have jobs but between them run a cafe and blog and have published a cookbook and had a TV show.
They say: “What makes our mum (or should we say our fourth sister) happy is family, so Mother’s Day is the one day we can make sure she puts her feet up and we do the cooking. To finish off our lunch we cook the family favourite Easter dessert. It’s a chocolate and cream layered dessert with nuts and chocolate chips that was created by our Zia (aunt) Elsa. It’s Dad’s favourite – and one thing is for sure, if Dad is happy, Mum certainly is too.”
Who: Self-taught French chef, cookbook author, TV presenter and owner of the two-Michelin-star restaurant and hotel Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Basically a culinary legend.
He says: "Maman Blanc has always been an inspiration to our family. She is inventive, resourceful and totally committed to creating magic in her kitchen. Everything she cooks is made with love. For Mother’s Day I would certainly want to return the love and hard work that she has always given to her family. I'd make something inspired by Maman Blanc herself – tarte aux pommes. She loves simplicity and it's really easy to prepare. I always use seasonal fruits – plums, apricots or cherries also work well.”
Who: Founder of the hugely successful healthy food blog, Deliciously Ella, bestselling cookbook author and owner of the Mae Deli.
She says: "I’d make my mum a delicious afternoon tea with berry scones, homemade strawberry jam and coconut cream. I love making things like that as it’s not something I’d normally do, so it feels special."
Paul A Young
Who: Master chocolatier (widely celebrated for his salted caramels and Marmite truffles) with four London shops.
He says: "My mum is a vegetarian, but she eats fish so it would be fishcakes made from scratch with white fish and a good thick layer of breadcrumbs. I’d serve it with a herb or watercress cream. Mum likes clean, simple flavours but done very well. She doesn’t like anything too fussy. Every time I go and visit her in Durham, I take her to her favourite restaurant: Bistro 21, and that’s what she always has. She’ll have some french fries with it and for her that’s indulgent, comforting, chill-out time. So I’d also make some chips from scratch, because that’s what she did when I was a kid so that’s reminiscent of nice times. I don’t often make dessert for her but it would have to be something baked, something cakey. She loves dessert. I’d make a good chocolate cake with lots of layers, really intense and not too sweet. It would have to have salted caramel, lots of chocolate, lots of cake and big enough for a couple of days because she likes things to last."
Ching He Huang
Who: Chinese cook, Ken Home’s protégée, TV presenter and overall wok queen.
She says: "For Mother’s Day I'd cook a warm and nourishing dish because my mum is warm and has always nourished me with her unconditional love, wisdom and support. So, my butternut squash, shiitake mushroom, savoy cabbage and brown rice congee would be the perfect thank you to return the love and care she has shown me."
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