Make mums feel extra special this year with the family of Australian cooking guru Margaret Fulton. We quiz them on their essential ingredients for a perfect Mother's Day. Plus, don't miss their fantastic recipe ideas below.
How will you be spending Mother’s Day this year?
There are three generations of mothers in our family now, so we’ll all come together and celebrate that. We know we’re lucky to experience four generations in a family at once, and two-year old Harry loves his great grandmother Margaret. We’ll plan a long lazy lunch and do a sprawling meal that we all contribute to. Harry is an excellent sous chef.
What is a Fulton classic dish that you’ll be serving on Mother’s Day?
We love doing new twists on classic dishes, so we may do a roast chicken, but with Himalayan spices and a crunchy leafy green salad. Margaret does an amazing Bistro cheesecake, rich with the luscious Philadelphia cream cheese and spiked with freshly grated nutmeg. We all love that, a just a sliver goes a long way.
What is your idea of some perfect brunch recipes for Mother’s Day?
Brunch is fabulous because you can tilt it towards eggs, perhaps soft poached and served with homemade silken potato gnocchi, some crispy bacon and baby herbs scattered over, the runny yolk creating a divine sauce. We have the recipe for perfect scrambled eggs using Philly Extra Light Cream for Cooking to give it that added richness, best thing is - kids can help make it too it’s that easy!
Or you can go for a fresh watermelon salad, cubes tossed with mint leaves, then a sweet French toast made with cinnamon-laced Philly Cream for Desserts or custard and whatever berries you can get your hands on. Whatever we make for Mother’s Day brunch, we set the table with loads of flowers from the garden, and there’s always lots of gorgeous hot strong coffee made by the men of the house.
Do you have tips for creating the perfect Mother’s Day celebration?
We’re all about not too much fuss. The day should be about being together, everyone just being a bit joyous about it all, pulling together to make brunch or lunch, and just hanging out together. We don’t buy into the presents thing, though a bunch of flowers or two may appear. The day for us is about love and just remembering how amazing the various mums in our family are.
What is your best memory on Mother’s Day growing up with the famous Margaret Fulton?
For us, being with the wonderful Margaret Fulton is all about that cheeky sense of humour, new ideas about food, design and travel, and just being engaged in what’s going on in the world. And of course it’s about cooking, and eating really well. So Mother’s Day has always been an extension of that. As a teenager Suzanne would pick Margaret flowers from the garden and cook her a lovely lunch to share together. Kate and Louise entered the fray later with hand-made cards caked with glitter, and were extra hands in the kitchen to help make light work of chopping, peeling, seasoning, stirring and creating a Mother’s Day feast. All the girls in the kitchen together, that’s what Mother’s Day is about for us.