(Photography by: Julie Miguel and Food Styling by: Julie Miguel & Irene Matys)
Irene and I have collaborated on this post because we wanted to create a lovely, easy, and light menu to pamper the mother or mother figure in your life this Mother’s Day. We are both Mothers ourselves so we have an idea of what Mom’s want. We created these dishes keeping in mind that children and spouses, who are not always handy in the kitchen, may be taking on a larger role in the kitchen on Mother’s Day.
- Blood Orange and Campari Cocktail
- Grilled Squid Salad with a Balsamic & Ice Wine Syrup Dressing
- Easiest Pineapple Granita served on Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
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Start the night before with the ice cream base and your granita. Use this Vanilla Bean ice cream recipe or buy a high quality version from the grocery store. Now, this is the easiest granita recipe I have ever tried and it works brilliantly! I have to thank Marida, from Twice the Spice, for this amazing tip! Follow the recipe and make the simple syrup, blend your pineapple in the blender with the syrup, pour the mixture into a large ziplock and lay flat in your freezer. The next day it will be ready to serve!
Now Mother’s Day is here and it’s time to prepare the salad. This salad is light and easy. There’s hardly any real cooking involved except for a little barbecuing. Use a brick to grill the calamari to prevent it from curling up and to help with even cooking. Irene has been using this brilliant trick for years – I am so glad she shared it with us! And, who wouldn’t want to use a foil wrapped brick for cooking – how fun, right? so first thing, marinate your calamari, then make the dressing, and prepare your vegetables.
Irene and I tested out these recipes together and they are beyond delicious and easy for anyone to prepare. You will impress the mother or mother figure in your life without a doubt! Please let us know if you try these recipes and please share with us how you like them. Feel free to use these pictures as inspiration for setting your Mother`s Day tables.
For some extra special details, have the kids pick some wild flowers from the yard or buy some grocery store flowers, and make small hand-tied bunches and scatter them on the table. Even using the flower heads spread out on the table adds colour to the table and will make the lady of the day feel extra special.
I hope that you all enjoy your Mother’s Day celebrations!