May 12, 2013

Last minute Recipes, Crafts and Ideas for Mothers Day



One of my previous surprises was this homemade soup made by my girls

Today is Mother's Day (North America). 

Remember your mom more than just this one day and try to be creative, that'll be the biggest present. 
Here are last minute recipes and crafts to surprise moms not only on this, but any other day 
of year.


It's Mother's Day, so I will feature first here the recipe I'm the most proud of - my daughter's!
 I'm proud because that's something she perfected independently, without me being involved at all.  

That's why I start this post with this recipe.
Thanks Nat!

Nat's Marble Cake




Ingredients


1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
4 tbsp quality cocoa powder



Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Oil well mid-size loaf pan; set aside. Combine in a bowl cake flour, baking powder, and salt.


Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Mix in vanilla. Add flour mixture then the buttermilk. Mix well. Split batter in two.


In another bowl, mix cocoa and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water with a rubber spatula until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture to one half of cake batter; stir until well combined. Now you have dark and light batter.
Spoon batters into the prepared pan by pouring spoonful of light and dark batter one beside each other, to simulate a checkerboard . To create marbling, run a table knife (or wooden skewer) through the batters in a swirling motion.


Bake, until a cake tester comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack to cool 10 minutes.
Turn out cake from pan and cool completely on the rack. Cake can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.




My other choice of Recipes:

I have many "estrogen fuelled" recipes and here are my favourites, (of course, after the soup and cake made by my girls last time):

Chocolate pasta
                    
Crepes










Chocolate
Rice puffed bars









Carrot Cake















Brioches

















Rose and other fragrant drinks


My favourite Crafts for that special lady:

Converted old fashion favourite shirt




Covert some of your mom's favourite shirts into something she'll remember all her life


Make unique leather necklace from colourful leftover leather pieces
Leather necklace
Old watch updated with hand made leather wrist band




Some gifts for Chef Mom

La Chamba clay pots - my favourite

Lasagna in these black clay pots is just amazing




Tagines


Wooden exotic pots


Some of Provençal examples - Puppet Bread storage bags


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