If your mum’s a committed stamp collector, bridge player, birdwatcher, golfer, yoga enthusiast, F1 fan, sailor or world-class knitter, Mother’s Day gift ideas might not immediately present themselves. Having a foodie for a mother, however, is a gift in itself with gourmand-related experiences, adventures and top-of-the-line products at every turn. Here’s a batch of foodie gift ideas to browse on her behalf.
A class of her own
A cooking class is not only a way for Mum to learn new techniques (hopefully ones she’ll want to test out on you… a lot), it’s a great bonding exercise. Thanks to Australia’s incredible melting-pot of cuisines, there’s very little you won’t be able to try your hand at. What about a sushi and sashimi masterclass in Potts Point, or a dumpling lesson in Richmond? Spice things up with a Mexican and margarita session in North Sydney, or a tapas class in Bicton WA. Become an expert in mousse, profiteroles and macarons at a patisserie masterclass in Moonee Ponds or learn the art of tempering chocolate in Mosman.
What about gathering the whole family together for a progressive dinner? Think about the food your mum really loves to eat or her three favourite restaurants, then organise to have entrees, main course and dessert at three different stops, each reflective of Mum’s tastes. The key here is keeping it simple and connected: a heavy French starter, Thai feast and Italian dessert probably won’t work. Think fresh oysters at a funky bar, a stand-out fish dish somewhere with a chef’s hat, then maybe a signature dessert over great coffee. If that seems a little overwhelming to make happen, then perhaps we can interest you in one of our pre-planned progressive dining experiences...
Hunt and gather
There’s gourmet hampers… and then there’s the hamper that you’ve spent time and effort putting together. No last-minute grabs here: really think about products your mum might not necessarily treat herself to. Try Truffle Hill Truffle Oil from WA, Halen Môn sea salt from Anglesey in the UK, a bottle of award-winning Whispering Brook 2014 Touriga Nacional from the Hunter Valley or an artisan cloth-wrapped cheddar from Tasmania’s Pyengana Dairy Company. Don’t forget to add a fabulous cookbook, too: consider Georgia Hayden’s award-winning Stirring Slowly or the acclaimed Made with Love, with profits going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Whether it’s wine, beer, cheese or some other delicious comestible, a tasting is a few hours of pure indulgence for your palate. Mum love a cold ale? What about a tour of one of our biggest brewers, Melbourne-based Carlton & United, followed by a tasting and a pub lunch? If wine is more her tipple of choice, it’s hard to go past the “make your own blend” experience at the Penfolds cellar door at Nurioopta in the Barossa Valley, north of Adelaide. Learn how to match cheese and wine at a workshop in Melbourne’s St Kilda, or ditch the wine altogether at an artisan cheese tasting appreciation course in The Rocks, Sydney.