This week… edible gifts

While we don’t need a special day to celebrate our mothers, all it takes is a thoughtful gift with a card or a little note on Mother’s Day (14 March, UK) to remind your mum that you’re especially thinking of her right now. Here’s my top selection of delicious edible gifts available to order online for home delivery, from afternoon tea with a twist, to premium chocolate and speciality gin.

The modern version of Mother’s Day began in the US but the tradition of celebrating mothers and motherhood has existed throughout the world over thousands of years. The Greek cult to Cybele and the mother god Rhea are early examples. Motherhood can take many different forms and the inescapable truth is that it’s probably the most significant relationship we’ll ever have.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.”

Unkown

Exceptional baked treats

Jack & Beyond. L to R: gift bags; Frosted Victoria Sponge. Post featured image Red Velvet Cake.

Jack & Beyond offers an impressive selection of sweet treats. Gift bags include Cinnamon Swirls, Vegan Maple & Walnut Shortbread, and Pink Heart Meringues. I’m very partial to a biscuit with a cuppa and the Lime Shortbread is not too sweet, both crumbly and buttery, with a light citrus flavour. Gift bag prices vary with a box of three at £19.95. The exquisite cakes for sharing are perfect for pure Mother’s Day indulgence, for instance, the pretty Frosted Victoria Sponge at £34 for 7″ size. All items plus delivery for posting across the UK with a personal message. https://jackandbeyond.com 


“Motherhood changes everything.” Adriana Trigiani, American author.


Indian style afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea for your mum from Mandira’s Kitchen.

Mandira’s Kitchen is offering a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea with an Indian twist. Invoking memories of ‘childhood afternoons amongst emerald tea bushes and blazing bougainvillea’ the selection includes Chicken or Vegetable croquette (spiced chicken or vegetable filled in a fluffy potato casing, crumbed and fried), Mango and Pistachio fool, and Spiced Cheese Scones with Mango Cream Cheese, amongst other tasty bites. Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea for Two £50, plus delivery to one address. www.mandiraskitchen.com

Cotton Gin


Otterbeck small-batch gin has created a pretty Cotton Gin Gift Box for Mother’s Day to include two Copa Glasses. Fragrant and smooth it is distilled using botanicals foraged locally from the hedgerows and moorlands as well as premium botanicals sourced from around the World. The distillery is housed in an 18th former cotton and silk mill in the Yorkshire Dales, hence the sweet little cotton-plant design. I also spotted this set of four coasters on the web site. Award-winning Cotton Gin Gift Box, including 1 x 70cl. bottle £59.95. Four coasters £14.95. https://otterbeckdistillery.co.uk


“You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”

Jennie Finch, medal winning Olympian.

Small bottle, big flavour

Lyme Bay Winery half bottle Brut Reserve.

Lyme Bay Winery

A half bottle of English sparkling wine good for two glasses by Devon-based Lyme Bay Winery. The Brut Reserve NV has a golden colour in the glass, and a frenzy of tiny bubbles. Instilled with aromas of citrus and apple, with a crispness in the mouth and a creamy lingering finish. Lyme Bay Winery half bottle Brut Reserve £11.


English Sparkling Wine dates back to 1662 and it was probably the Romans who introduced vineyards to England with Mead and Fruit wines being produced over the centuries for food and medicinal purposes. For vintage recipes to drink with traditional wines see How To Enjoy Traditional English Wines.


Premium chocolate

A perennial Mother’s Day favourite. Make sure it’s an exceptional quality chocolate and you can’t go far wrong.

Mandarin Balsamic Bon Bons


These dark, glossy bons bons are filled with a ganache of honey, Greek mandarin olive oil and Modena balsamic vinegar, spiced with black cardamom and encased in a 90% Madagascan chocolate. The honey is fully traceable from local producers Honeys of Henley’s, and processed in small batches using traditional methods. The honey bees forage on wild plum and cherry blossom to yield a floral honey which complements the light-as-a-feather citrus filling of the chocolates. Not only are the handmade chocolates reduced sugar, so not overly sweet, but dairy and artificial colouring free. Packaged in elegant boxes of 6 (70g) or 12 (140g), £10 – £19.50. Mandarin Balsamic Bon Bons by Aurosó.


“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” Rudyard Kipling.


80NoirUltra


This is not just any old drinking chocolate. There’s none of the bitterness you might expect from a high cocoa product but instead a rich, smooth chocolate flavour. Add to hot water for an alternative to a morning espresso, or milk (or half and half) for a comforting drink. I blended a few beads with hot milk and water, a splash of avocado oil, a spoonful of almond butter and a sprinkle of cinammon, for a sustaining ‘fat chocolate’. 80NU 79.3% Dark Chocolate Beads x 300g & 5 Bars £17.50. www.80noirultra.com

80NoirUltra virtual Hot Chocolate Masterclasses. Book you and your mum on a personalised class. Bespoke virtual evenings email info@80noirultra.com


A taste of honey


British Quince & Honey Jelly. A lovely fruity preserve with a touch of 100% English honey. Quince pairs perfectly with cheese and this jelly would also work well with cold meats. I added a generous spoonful to a bean casserole with chestnuts to enrich the flavours. It would do the same for sauces and gravy. 100% British Honey. £5.35 (200g).

Blueberry Honey. A 100% British Honey with a warm golden colour and an intense, sweet flavour in the mouth. The slight earthy tones means it pairs well with a strong cheese like an English Stilton, and maybe the milder blue cheeses. Additional pollens impart floral tones of lemons and summer apricots. Lightly filtered, the flavour is rich and so perfect for drizzling over yogurt or overnight oats too. £5.85 (227g).

Both products are available from The Best of Britain https://buybritain.com.


Know what to look for in a good honey? Find out more… Interview: Honey Master Sommelier, Gruffydd Rees.


More ideas…

A coffee subscription for an ongoing supply of premium quality ground coffee, beans or pods by an independent UK roaster will go on giving pleasure. These are all excellent choices for flavour and sustainablity. Coffee Clubs: Experience a World of Aromas.

Pentire Adrift Coastal is a herbaceous and fresh drink made in Cornwall. The green notes of sea rosemary, rock samphire and sage paired with citrus and sea salt, are perfect for making a refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail. Make no mistake, this is a grown-up drink captured in a stylish glass bottle. Pentire Adrift, £26.80 (70cl). https://pentiredrinks.com

Tom Savano English Garden Lychee Martini is mixed to bar strength with a double layering of aromatic lychee, organic English elderflower vodka and a signature blend of dry Italian vermouths. Discover the Tom Savano range and the legend. £12 (200ml), £27.00 (500ml). https://tomsavano.com




Thank you to all the brands featured for the gifted samples to try and test.

Unless otherwise stated, I have no affiliation with the brands mentioned but simply aim to share places and products that have caught my eye. I will always state if a post is sponsored or gifted.

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