MOTHER’S DAY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT - – Rachel Collins

Don’t panic, it’s not this week­end: you still have a week to sort your Mother’s Day present. How­ever, if you were born to that im­pos­si­bleto-spoil breed of Ir­ish mammy – think Mrs Doyle – who in­vari­ably tries to make her own Mother’s Day din­ner (hello Mammy Collins) then th­ese food-re­lated treats might help you out.

The Na­tional Li­brary is hold­ing a spe­cial lunch with guided tour of its Yeats: The Life and Works of Wil­liam But­ler Yeats ex­hi­bi­tion on March 15th. With ex­hibits from Yeats’s life­time, in­clud­ing his love for Maude Gonne (mam­mies love a bit of ro­mance) you can work up an ap­petite for the buf­fet lunch in the li­brary’s Café Joly, which will in­clude hot and cold mains, sal­ads, char­cu­terie, ar­ti­san breads and cakes from Hansel and Gretel Bak­ery. Tours are at mid­day, with lunch at 1pm, or lunch at 1.30pm and a tour at 2.15pm. ¤22 each. Book with Café Joly at 628food@gmail.com or see nli.ie.

Al­ter­na­tively, you and your mum can help moth­ers in need at the an­nual Unicef Ire­land Mother’s Day lunch, next Fri­day, March 13th, in the Shel­bourne Ho­tel in Dublin. All pro­ceeds go to Safe Moth­er­hood Pro­grammes, to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble moth­ers and ba­bies in 190 coun­tries around the world. Tick­ets are ¤100 per per­son and in­clude a prosecco re­cep­tion at noon, with speeches from Mia Far­row and Don­n­cha O’Cal­laghan (watch the mums swoon), a fash­ion show and lunch to in­clude a vine-ripened tomato salad, roasted farm­house chicken and pavlova. Book at 01-8090276 or ma­rina@unicef.ie.

If you’d pre­fer a more hands-on ap­proach to treat­ing your mum, you could treat her to a wild­food mas­ter­class at Brook Lodge in Ma­cred­din Vil­lage, Wick­low, run by chefs from the Straw­berry Tree restau­rant and Evan Doyle, coau­thor of Wild Food. The class (on March 19th) in­cludes a tour of the vil­lage and kitchens, and tu­ition on wild foods in Ir­ish hedgerows, and how to iden­tify, gather, pre­serve and cook them us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods. A two-course lunch is fol­lowed by a for­ag­ing mission around the vil­lage. From 11am to 3.30pm it costs ¤95 in­clud­ing lunch. Book from 0402-36444 or reser­va­tions@brook­lodge.com

Look­ing be­yond our shores – or hedgerows – to Ja­pan, you could try your hand at mak­ing sushi with your mum at a class on March 16th at Cook’s Academy, South Wil­liam St, Dublin 2 (cook­sacademy.com). From 6.30pm to 9pm, you can learn how to make proper sushi rice, how to roll nori rolls such as Cal­i­for­nia rolls, how to pre­pare sashimi and even sushi crepes. Classes are ¤70 per per­son.

Fi­nally, you can’t beat af­ter­noon tea for a real feel­ing of deca­dence (es­pe­cially if there’s bub­bly). You might as well go the whole hog and treat your mum to some five-star in­dul­gence. In Cork, Hay­field

Manor’s (hay­field­manor.ie) af­ter­noon tea will be served on the 14th and 15th with a live pi­anist. The menu will in­clude: a glass of Cham­pagne; sand­wiches, with fill­ings such as smoked salmon with av­o­cado puree and roast sir­loin of beef with horse­rad­ish; scones, of course; plus cake galore; and tea and cof­fee (¤39 each). This menu is also avail­able gluten-free. In Gal­way, the G Ho­tel (thegho­tel.ie) has it’s Pink Af­ter­noon Tea on the 14th and 15th in the Ladies’ Sa­lon. Ex­pect an as­sort­ment of pastries, scones, sand­wiches, in­clud­ing wal­nut and goats’ cheese mousse, tea or cof­fee and a glass of pink Cham­pagne. It’s ¤37 for one or ¤59 for two. There’s a kids’ ver­sion too (¤14) that has sand­wiches, a milk­shake or hot choco­late and cup­cake, brownie, rice krispie bun, rocky road and cookie.

Fi­nally, if your mother loves the gifts you make best, why not bake

Eu­nice Power’s im­pres­sive Co­conut Thank You Cake from last week’s Satur­day Mag­a­zine – see http://iti.ms/1EaHxGO. The brownie points will see you through to Christ­mas.

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