Mothers Day is upon us and most of us will settle for the same old bouquet of flowers bought from the guy on the side of the road as we rush over after work. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Make it special this year – go the extra mile and make sure you show that really amazing woman in your life that you care. Here are five ideas to make this occasion stand out from the other 364 days of the year. You can either go all out and do all five of them (because hey, you know she deserves it) or you can simply mix and match according to your schedule and budget.
1. Breakfast in bed
Remember all those times you faked sickness so you could spend the day in bed watching cartoons while your mother fussed over you? Well this is your chance to pay her back. Nothing says “I love you Mama” more than a delicious and light breakfast, served in bed on a pretty laid out plate. Marbleized eggs are a fancy way of making scrambled eggs. The idea is that by mixing the egg up in the pan and not a bowl, you do not create a uniform mixture and the white and the yellow stay separate making it more textured and pretty. Serve this breakfast with your mother’s favourite hot beverage and a glass of fresh fruit cocktail on the side.
Smoked Trout and Marbleised Eggs on an English Muffin
For the Trout:
Find out the closest shop that stocks smoked trout from the Nanyuki Trout Tree restaurant. Gently heat the trout whole in a pan and then peel and fillet it (it’s already cooked so you just need to heat it for a minute)
For the Eggs
2 tablespoons of butter, 2 free- range eggs, 1⁄4 cup of minced chives, salt and pepper to taste.
Melt the butter in the pan, crack over both eggs and break up the yolks using a heatproof rubber spatula or flat ended wooden spoon. Swirl the eggs around into a spiral taking care not to scramble them. Cook until the bottom is set, add the chives and fold into quarters. In the mean time cut your English Muffin in two and stick it in the toaster or oven. Butter the muffin on both sides and place the eggs on each half. Serve with the trout on the side and garnish with a couple of split cherry tomatoes.
2. Get her a bunch of white lilacs
Lilacs symbolise peace and are also beautifully scented. Your mom will surely be blown away by this tasteful bouquet. If you think white is too plain for your bouquet, try mix it with the purple lilacs.
Every woman needs a relaxing heavenly moment once in a while and your mother probably has been dreaming of one of these for ages, but has just not been able to find the time. Aromatherapy is a one of a kind therapy that uses different scents to balance one’s well-being both emotionally and physically. The term aromatherapy was coined by a French Chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, in 1937. This came after he witnessed the first-hand healing power of lavender oils on skin burns. If wondering where your mom can have such an experience, there are numerous great spa options to choose from in Nairobi.
4. Write her a poem
“It’s not the money you spend but the love you put into it” mothers are prone to say. Well put your heart into this one and spell it out to her. Poems don’t need to be long or complicated, a few words to express your love and respect for her will suffice. Invest in a nice card, write a rough copy and when you think you’ve nailed it, transcribe in your best handwriting.
5. Take Her Out for an Exotic Dinner
Has your mother ever tried Chinese or Eritrean food? This is your chance to show her a good time and delight her tastebuds with something new and potentially exotic. Double Dragon at Junction mall serves an authentic Chinese fare while the newly opened branch of Asmara on General Mathenge drive, serves delicious Eritrean food (basically the same as Ethiopian) with a modern flare in an exquisitely designed setting.