Test 1, 2, 3… delicious Mother’s Day treats – Advice Eating

Mother’s Day high tea at The Cordis. Photo / Included

There is still enough time this Sunday to arrange something special for Mother’s Day. Here are three things mom can do this weekend, whether it’s an alfresco meal, a hands-on foodie workshop, or a quiet celebration at home.

A meal in a fancy place

Afternoon tea at The Cordis

High tea is a fun and unusual affair. Courses and courses of delicious, bite-sized morsels, all beautifully presented, alongside fancy teas or a glass of bubbly. Cordis is known for its themed foodie affairs – there’s a menu to suit every special event. This Mother’s Day, enjoy the fall high tea of ​​salmon and pea sandwiches, truffle brie tarts, toasted mascarpone applewood and scones with clotted cream (there’s a vegan option too), plus a glass of bubbly, champagne cocktails or chocolate for Mom , depending on what day you are visiting us. A photo booth will also be set up for you to capture the day. cordishotels.com

Mother's Day high tea at The Cordis.  Photo / Included
Mother’s Day high tea at The Cordis. Photo / Included

A little drama with Esther

Esther loves a bit of drama, and this Mother’s Day they’re bringing it right to your table — a multi-course lunch feast starting with oysters, taramasalata, baked saganaki, and a giant pillow of house-made “puff pastry”. , then on to tortellini with duck and porcini, lamb chops and duck fat potatoes, topped off with a show of desserts prepared at the table and a dessert cocktail just for mom.

It’s an epic celebration, so perhaps sleep off with a night’s sleep in the hotel’s stylish, modern rooms upstairs, or simply a digestif upstairs in the rooftop bar overlooking the harbour.

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Celebratory Mother's Day Lunch in Esther, QT Auckland.  Photo / Included
Celebratory Mother’s Day Lunch in Esther, QT Auckland. Photo / Included

Pranzo in Ponsonby

Be welcomed with Mumm rose champagne at Andiamo before choosing from burrata, calamari, risotto and rigatoni – and more. This long Italian lunch is offered for one day only – it costs $99 per person and includes your glass of bubbly, side dishes and a choice of dessert to finish. Good Appetite.

Andiamos chilli fried calamari, part of their Mother's Day lunch.  Photo / Included
Andiamos chilli fried calamari, part of their Mother’s Day lunch. Photo / Included

A celebration at home

Gifts from the Iron Kitchen

Something of a dream gift for anyone who loves to cook, a cast iron skillet is a serious piece of equipment that will up your game in the kitchen and last a lifetime. Now Ironclad is expanding its line of desirable heavy pans to include oven mitts, coffee mugs and Rimu cutting/cheese boards. You can find the entire range at

ironcladpan.com

Ironclad cast iron pans and utensils.  Photo / Included
Ironclad cast iron pans and utensils. Photo / Included

Rob’s Kitchen Cookbook

Sophia Cameron’s self-published cookbook is a love letter to her mother, Robyn Cameron, and her love of travel and cooking. Full of delicious recipes – easy, healthy breakfasts, picnic menus and wonderful dishes to share for all seasons – and excerpts from Robyn’s travel journals through Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the 80’s, Rob’s Kitchen is beautifully photographed and full of inspirational recipes. All proceeds go to Sweet Louise, a charity supporting New Zealand women with stage four breast cancer. $49.99, at bookstores nationwide.

butter baby

Founded by chef Matilda Lee, Butter Baby is a small boutique bakery that makes cinnamon rolls, brioche donuts, giant cookies, and other delicious treats. For Mother’s Day they have a special box of nine custard filled choux pastries that come with a specially designed card to tell mom all the things you love about her. Available throughout May, order from butterbaby.co.nz

Mother's Day Choux by Butter Baby.  Photo / Included
Mother’s Day Choux by Butter Baby. Photo / Included

chocolate + gin

Say it with chocolate – specifically New Zealand chocolate, combined with the flavors of a late-night espresso martini, courtesy of the clever folks at Scapegrace. The Wellington Chocolate Factory is constantly experimenting with flavors through innovation with other food makers – this gin-inspired limited edition bar balances botanicals with coffee and cocoa. Ethically made, organic and totally delicious. Available at wcf.co.nz

WCF x Scapegrace Espresso Martini Chocolate.  Photo / Included
WCF x Scapegrace Espresso Martini Chocolate. Photo / Included

Grab it

Beer and dessert pairings

Sweet treats + beer? Why not! Sugar Flower is a pastry school in Miramar, Wellington. It’s selling some very special Mother’s Day carrot cakes and passion fruit chiffons (to order go to sugarflour.nz), and this Sunday it’s teaming up with Double Vision Brewing to create a hands-on tasting experience, combining craft brews with handcrafted ‘Mallow Puffs” – marshmallows, ganache, chocolate and more. Yummy. Find tickets at eventfinda.co.nz

Homemade Marshmallows from Sugar Flour, Wellington.  Photo / Included
Homemade Marshmallows from Sugar Flour, Wellington. Photo / Included

Cooking classes at Homeland

Home cooking classes are finally back in full swing. There are tons of options to choose from through May – from vegetarian Indian courses to Ray McVinnie’s Taste of Italy, plus a gluten-free baking course and Fijian sweet treats from Sweet & Me’s Bertrand Jang. Visit homelandnz.com for the full calendar.

Peter Gordon at his Homeland Cooking School.  Photo / Liz Clarkson
Peter Gordon at his Homeland Cooking School. Photo / Liz Clarkson

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