Mother’s Day Lunch

May 13, 2014

A lunch with family at my parents’ house for Mother’s Day, flavoured with sticky roasted tomatoes, a sweet quince cake and punctuated by French bubbles. We gave Mum an adorable little pumpkin, some frozen South Melbourne Market dim sims (for those nights when…) and a vintage duck plate I bought while in Tasmania. And in turn, mum created a feast. Somehow that doesn’t seem even..

We had  slow-roasted lamb with tomatoes (recipe link), a recipe which creates the most beautiful pan juices that beg to meet chunks of bread. My Aunty doesn’t eat meat, so she brought a really delicious chickpea and vegetable stew, which we ate alongside some steamed beans and peas. And we also devoured this pile of potato dauphinoise, which ingeniously involves anchovies (recipe link). For dessert, a lovely quince almond cake (recipe link – note: mum used light olive oil and demerara sugar on top) that is rivalling this cardamom snacking cake for my most favourite cake. I’d best make it again soon, just to be certain.



Happy Mother’s Day, mum. I have no words. But yesterday at work, after one of our chats between clients, I retreated to my room smiling to myself…not quite able to believe how lucky I am to be your daughter.

Heidi xo


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  • Hannah May 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I have been hands-clasped awaiting your Mother’s Day post. I knew it would fill me with warmth, my heart and soul and tippy-toes all. Your mum is mighty lucky to have you for a daughter, too. x

    • Heidi May 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      You’re the sweetest. Hope your day was sunshine and love, too x

  • laurasmess May 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    What a gorgeous mother you have Heidi! And what a cook! The spread that she and your aunty created looks absolutely divine. Glad that you got to spend some quality time together as a family. With each year that goes by, I have a growing realization of how precious each moment is, particularly when spent with those we love. You are gorgeous, thoughtful, creative and wise. Now I know exactly where you get those qualities from! xx

    • Heidi May 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Well aren’t you lovely, what a beautiful comment 🙂 Thank you, Laura. So true. Time is precious x

  • Cilla May 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    oh good heavens yum.

    • Heidi May 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Yes! x

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Lovely photos and i just love the gifts you gave your mum <3 x

    • Heidi May 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks, lady x

  • Merowyn May 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

    this is a FEAST

    I have no words, phenomenal!!!!

    You need to make Ottolenghi’s (I can’t spell it) potato tarte tatin one day, it goes beautifully with lamb. H does the caramel bit different though (O’s way is a bit… odd) so just make caramel like you normally would and decorate with edible flowers. Stunning stuff.


    • Heidi May 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Oh man I need to look that up, sounds insanely yummy!! Thanks, lovely x

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