Lay the Table

A Spring Tablescape

Today I held a lunch for my Mother and Mother-in-Law, after spending Mother’s day with my own daughter and being spoiled by my Husband. I planned to spoil the ladies in my life on a different weekend. I thought it was a great opportunity to set the table for Spring and share with you how you can create something at home. A beautiful tablescape doesn’t have to expensive and can easily be achieved with a few simple things.

A Spring Tablescape | The Mother Cooker

Drinks

Spring Mocktails

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing drink, sitting out in the back garden with the sun on your face. Ok, so it still might be a little chilly, but we have been getting those glorious days where you want to soak in every last ounce of sunshine. Because let’s face it, those days are rare here in England. Spring is one of my favourite seasons, I love watching all of my plants bloom to life, lighter evenings and feeling that little bit more inclined to get up out of bed.

Spring Mocktails | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Meals for One

Lemon, Pea & Pancetta Pasta

For a long time I have struggled with recipes for one, I find myself cooking alone a lot of the time. Being a busy, stay at home Mom I often turn to eating my daughters leftovers or reaching for eggs on toast. So I decided to start eating better and put more effort in to developing recipes for one. You could make these for lunch, solo dinners, or they might come in handy if you are a student. Either way, indulge yourself, feed yourself properly. I think that, especially Mom’s forget to eat well and it needs to change. I’ll try and keep the recipes quick, because who has the time really! I hope you enjoy them and the ingredients are easy to pick up on your weekly shop. I will also try and make as many with similar ingredients, so you don’t have to buy obscure things or spend a lot of money. Saving time and money is what we want.

Lemon, Pea and Pancetta Pasta | The Mother Cooker

Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Butternut Squash & Lentil Curry

As March is vegetarian month and I know a lot of you who read the blog are, I decided to do a hearty meal. For all of you meat lovers, this is simply delicious and you won’t miss the meat at all. It has mild heat, but if you want to make it a little hotter, just add another tsp of chilli powder or more fresh chillies. It is my first time experimenting with pulses, I’ve realised they are simple to cook, cheap to buy and go a long way. I will most certainly be using more of them in my cooking. Roasting the butternut squash, adds a great depth of flavour and a lovely texture. A great treat to take to work, freezable for up to a month. I hope you like it, don’t forget that if you make any of my recipes, to forget to let me know over on Twitter or Instagram.

Vegan Roasted Butterut Squash and Red Lentil Curry | The Mother Cooker

Dinner, Recipes

Spicy Chicken & Sides

We love chicken in our house, but this year we’ve made a pact to not get take away and cut down on eating out to try and save some money. I also love cooking for my friends and family, so making sharing dinners is a lovely thing. The main element in this, is the succulent, spicy chicken. Then I’ve knocked up some super simple sides to get you started, you can adapt them how you want. A quick rocket and spicy sweet potato salad, with fruity cauliflower rice. Load it up in to pittas with some halloumi, add a spicy or garlic mayo, heap on some avocado, corn on the cob with heaps of butter. Just get stuck in, save the left overs for later, how amazing would it be for work? Just don’t forget that squeeze of lime, it pulls it all together.

The rub for the chicken is made in a batch that you can pop in your cupboard and save for later, rub it in to wings, add it in to casseroles, rub it in to fish to make tacos, it’s versatile. It will need a lot from your store cupboard, but hopefully you have a lot of the spices already and if you don’t, think of how many tubs of spicy rub you can make all year. It’s worth it, promise.

Spicy Chicken & Sides | The Mother Cooker