As we approach the 101st anniversary of Mother’s Day, I thought it might be nice to give you a few quirky facts surrounding this event, and of course to actually remind you about it!

To fit in with the culinary feel that is Taste Safari, it is important to note that young girls and boys in service were often allowed to make a Simnel cake. Simnel cake was made entirely through donated ingredients from the kitchens where they worked. Once ready the children were allowed to take the cake home as a gift for their mothers.

Simnel Cake

Traditionally speaking and in more Medieval times, Mother’s Day was the day set aside for visiting your “mother church”, A.K.A – the cathedral of your diocese. It was only in the mid 17th century that the idea of dedicating this special day to honour your “human” mothers came into practice.

From this point on, the day was all about giving back and appreciating your Mum for who she is and acknowledging all the sacrifices she has made for you. For some, this usually came (and still does today) in the form of newly blossomed spring flowers, sweet cakes and handcrafted cards.

Funnily enough, in England where this holiday is widely celebrated, Mother’s Day also marks the start of spring. Flowers most commonly associated with this special day are primroses and violets and there is something wonderfully quaint about these dainty little Victorian style posies.
With the ever-blue & clear skies (which we are so fortunate to have) in this part of the world we are spoilt for choice with an abundance of the most beautiful blooms, but, it is pretty much guaranteed that whatever the flower, cake or gift you decide on this year it will go down a treat!

Keep your eyes peeled this week as Sandy brings you some lovely bakes and fun home made gifts to spoil that special person who deserves a Mother’s Day treat!

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