12 Mar 2015 FoodThoughts
Most Mummy’s would be thrilled to be woken to a beautiful tray full of goodies on Mother’s Day morning. It sure would make for a more appealing start to the day than being pelted over the head with a soft toy (my daughter, Pearl’s, wake up Mummy method of choice).
So, that’s the main top tip. Crystal clear so far Dad’s?! So here are my tips for getting the breakfast tray just right…
THE FULL IRISH
Now a fry up may or may not be top of Mum’s agenda of wishes but as Mother’s day is so close to St. Patricks day, I’ve decided to go for it. However, my top tip is to make it as healthy as possible. I like to grill my sausages, bacon, large flat mushrooms (how very fancy), a couple of small tomatoes which have been halved and a piece each of white and black pudding. I just love a soft boiled egg instead of fried. I pop a room temperature egg into already boiling water and give it exactly 6 minutes before removing it and running it under cold water to stop it from cooking. It gives a yummy soft centre every time. Serve with wheaten bread and butter (and a little bit of jam for sneakiness afterwards). Then simply take care to arrange everything nicely (the food stylist in me) on a pretty plate. To prettify it even more…and here’s the clincher Dad’s…scatter edible flowers over for double, even triple brownie points from Mum. I’ve also scattered some shamrock over the breakfast in the photo for that ultimate Paddy’s day effect!
DRESSING THE TRAY
So, you might want to get organised by pulling everything out the night before (Dad & kids that is, not Mum obviously!). Nobody likes a bit of panic too early in the morning. I would even set everything out in place (without the food obviously). You’ll have to hide it somewhere that Mum doesn’t see. Arrange everything in order or in little groups. So, the cutlery beside the main plate, either together on the left or split on either side. The side plate and napkin go to the left and the cup and glass to the top right. Nestle the tea or coffee pot to the right of the cup for ease of pouring (or left if left-handed. nothing like a personal touch!). Keep the milk and sugar (if needed) close by to that. Mind you, everything is close by as things are getting pretty crowded round here! Then, place any condiments, flowers and reading material to the left and you’re good to go.
BREAKFAST TRAY CHECKLIST
– a large tray
– pretty tray liner (optional, but brings bonus points)
– main plate and / or bowl
– side plate
– cup or mug
– glass for juice
– tea or coffee pot
– milk jug
– sugar bowl (optional)
– toast rack (optional)
– butter dish
– jam pot and spoon (or other condiments)
– salt and pepper
– flowers in small vase
– reading material…like a magazine, newspaper or post (no bills please!).
– Don’t forget the all important card and gift!
Follow this list and you are sure to fill up the brownie point bank from a very happy and feeling loved Mummy. Just don’t forget, you’re on washing up duty too! xx