They say that the tradition of Mothering Sunday dates back to the days when young people were sent into service and on this Sunday in Lent were given the day off to go back to their ‘mother church’ where they could meet up with their families. This later became the day when they visited their mothers, picking flowers along the way.
We love Mothering Sunday in our household as it is such a delightful celebration of family and a hopeful herald of spring with flowers and fizz (and breakfast in bed as a bonus).
My husband and daughters know they’re onto a winner with pink roses and my own mother is not averse to a cheeky glass of Prosecco (especially when it comes with a slice of Simnel), so here is what I’m hoping to give and receive this Mother’s Day:
I think it’s fun to give a fizz called Mumm on Mother’s Day, in fact, it would be rude, not to! Here’s a classy sparkler from Champagne – and a really tasty lunch aperitif style (which I rather hope someone else will be cooking – hint, hint), so pop a bottle in the fridge overnight and be ready to help mum celebrate on her special day.
One of my mother’s favourites – and I’ve treated her to a few different bottles over the years, I assure you, so she knows what she likes. She loves the fact that it’s smooth and fruity and not ‘sour’ as she would describe some bottles of fizz I’ve mistakenly given her and will work for her throughout the meal (or even on the breakfast tray). Because isn’t Mother’s Day all about treating your mum to something she’s going to love?
Here’s a deliciously soft and easy-drinking wine from Spain; if your mum enjoys Pinot Grigio you really can’t go wrong with this appley white. Think a big bouquet of daffodils, all fresh and sunshiny, and you’re there. Great with fish dishes or roast chicken.
Marlborough Sun Sauvignon Blanc
Hands up every woman who is partial to a glass of Sauvignon Blanc! Yep, that’s me… and a whole lot of other mums out there. And this New Zealand favourite is a real crowd pleaser, so you’ll be doing yourself a favour as well as your mum by treating her to a bottle – because you can share the love! But only if you promise to cook something really tasty for her to go with it – asparagus maybe? Or seafood? It’s in our two for £12 deal until 19th March!
So Happy Mothering Sunday to all the mums and all the children, young and old – enjoy the day!