This weekend I returned home to spoil Mum and hang out with my younger brother for a Belated Mother’s Day. I caught the train from London Liverpool Street on Friday evening, where I purchased a gorgeous bunch of flowers from the Interflora stand in the station. I can’t say the lady was overly helpful, having given her a budget and stipulating that I want the bouquet to last long and smell beautiful – but then again I couldn’t complain at the outcome.
It kept me company on the train alongside my can of M&S Mojito (keepin’ it classy!). The overpowering smell of the white hyacinths, delicate but beautifully bright pink sweet williams, classic chrysanthemums and harsh thistles made up for a wonderful combination of textures and colours.
On Saturday we made our way around the corner to The Duke of York for a pub lunch. We ordered a bottle of house white and some bread with oil to start and treated Mum to a delicious lunch! I went for the Sausage and Mash, which was served with homemade onion rings and red wine gravy. Classically British and pretty darn tasty.
My brother chose the Wild Boar and Chorizo Burger, chargrilled meat served in a crusty cob with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. It came with a smoky tomato salsa on the side and seasoned chips. Mum went for the Fish Pie with scottish salmon, smoked haddock and king prawns in a leek and crème fraîche sauce. Topped with crushed potatoes, cheddar and shell-on prawns alongside seasonal veg it was a tasty combo of smoky and fresh flavours.
As it was a special occasion we treated ourselves to desert. My brother and I both had the Toffee Churro Sundae and Mum went for the Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Tower. The churros (spanish doughnuts) were served warm in a cinnamon sugar with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream AND toffee sauce, naughty!
Mum’s Chocolate Brownie Tower was pretty ‘Ultimate’ – double brownie layered with caramel and cookie dough, served with chocolate fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream, corrrrr!
As it was such a lovely day, we decided to go for a walk along the River Deben which is always beautiful – especially at this time of year. The blossom on the cherry trees smelt sweet and decorated the grass as it fell in the breeze.
Happy Mother’s Day to my lovely Mum ❤