Time to embrace one of these stay-connected activities that will serve up some much-needed quality time with mum this Mother’s Day.
Its Bonding Time
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, give mum the chance to watch Netflix and (literally) chill. Plus who doesn’t love a feel-good movie marathon with a delicious beverage in hand? Make this special drink for two!
Neem Flower Buttermilk
- 1/2 inch ginger, grated
- 1/4 cup mint
- 1 green chilli
- 1/2 cup coriander
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup yogurt
- 2 tbsps ghee
- 1/2 cup neem flowers
- Salt to taste
- Chat masala to garnish
- Mix ginger, mint, green chilli and coriander with water. Strain and set the juice aside.
- In a blender, add yogurt and the strained juice. Blend mixture and set aside.
- In a pan add ghee and roast the neem flowers till they reduce in size. Mix it with the blended mixture and garnish with chat masala. Serve chilled.
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Make A Little Video
As families continue to stay home during this CMCO, share unforgettable family memories by going through old family photos. Make it more entertaining by putting it in a video so everyone can take a trip together down memory lane. The younger family members will certainly enjoy watching mum’s fashion sense and hairstyle from different eras!
Mother’s Day is a time for pampering mum and what better way to do that than to help around the house and make a meal with her favourite recipe? Start the day by making sure the house is spick and span when she wakes up. Next prepare a sumptuous lunch with an inventive twist on a classic pasta dish – a One Pot Curry Pasta dish. Follow the recipe below that will have her asking for seconds!
One Pot Curry Pasta
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsps butter
- 4 1/2 cups broth
- 2 tsps curry powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- Black pepper to taste
- 280g penne pasta
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Melt butter in a large pot. Add onion and carrot and sweat them off for 5 minutes until softened.
- Add the garlic and stir together until fragrant. Add in the broth, curry powder, salt, sugar, and black pepper.
- Bring to a simmer and then add in pasta and peas. Stir well, then reduce the heat to a medium, so the broth is barely simmering.
- Stir pasta every couple of minutes, so the pasta doesn’t stick.
- Test the pasta after 9 mins. If it’s not ready, check again at 10 mins.
- Once the pasta is cooked, add heavy cream to the remaining liquid in the pot. Turn up the heat and boil for a minute to thicken the sauce.
Recipe courtesy of https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com/curry-pasta/
Now more than ever is the time to give mum some comfort and love. With beauty salons still not available during this CMCO, let her relax with an oatmeal honey face mask that you can create at home! It helps to deep cleanse and exfoliate skin as well as moisturise it.
- Mix together 3 tbsps of oatmeal (uncooked) and 2 tbsps of honey until a thick paste is formed.
TIP: You can also blend the oatmeal to powder for easier application but it’ll be less effective in exfoliation.
- Apply evenly to the face.
- Leave it on for 20 – 30 mins. Rinse off while gently massaging skin in a circular motion to loosen the mask; this helps to exfoliate your skin at the same time.
- Wash off, and apply toner and moisturiser as per usual.
Oatmeal honey face mask recipe from https://femalemag.com.my/beauty/simple-diy-beauty-recipes-rice-and-oats/
Creating memories through personalised gifts is something mum will cherish forever. Time to show off your baking skills by whipping up a cake for her. Soft like a pillow and light as air, this Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake is all the rage at the moment. Follow this recipe that delivers a delicious rich flavour of cream cheese.
Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake
- 7 tbsps butter
- 100g cream cheese
- ½ cup milk
- 8 eggs, yolk
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 13 large egg whites
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- hot water, for baking
- powdered sugar, for serving
- 340g strawberries
- Preheat the oven to 160°C. In a small pot over medium heat, whisk together the butter, cream cheese, and milk until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth, then slowly drizzle in the cream cheese mixture, stirring until evenly combined.
- Sift in the flour and the cornstarch, whisking to make sure there are no lumps.
- In another large bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.
- Fold about ¼ of the egg whites and into the yolk mixture, then repeat with the remaining egg whites until the batter is evenly combined.
- Grease the bottom of a 9 x 3-inch round cake pan, then line the bottom and sides with parchment paper. If using a springform pan, make sure to wrap the bottom and sides completely in foil twice to prevent any leakage.
- Pour the batter into the pan and shake to release any large air bubbles.
- Place the pan into a larger baking dish lined with 2 paper towels at the bottom. The paper towels ensure that the heat is distributed evenly along the bottom of the pan. Fill the larger pan about 2-cm high with hot water.
- Bake for 25 mins, then reduce the heat to 140°C, and bake for another 55 mins, until the cake has risen to almost double its original height.
- Remove from the oven, and carefully invert the cake onto your dominant hand and peel off the paper. Be extremely careful, the cake will be hot. You can also invert the cake onto a plate, but this will cause the cake to deflate more.
- Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar, then slice and serve with strawberries while still warm!
Memories in a frame
Without a doubt, Mother’s Day is the day you show her how much you care. And this heartfelt Mother’s Day photo gift that you personally hand make certainly sends that message. To make, cut out letters of the word ‘Mom’ from cardboard. Affix green felt trims using glue on each letter and continue until the letters are completely covered. Then pick your favourite photo of mum and you and place it behind the letter ‘O’. To ensure mum can proudly display this gift, ,make a stand for the back of the photo and glue the remaining ‘M’ letters to each side of the ‘O’.
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Make that video call
When you can’t be there in person, give mum something to smile on this special day when you catch up with her through a video call. You can even schedule the call with other family members so mum gets to chat with everyone at the same time! There are plenty of easy and useful apps out there that can help you connect with mum easily such as Skype, Facebook, Facetime or Google Hangouts.
Have a great Mother’s Day celebration!