Children making Mum breakfast in bed on
Mothers Day is traditional.
Yes, it can be messy and Mum might have
to put up with burnt toast or soggy cereal, but the love and thought shown by
the children is priceless. Even the youngest of children enjoy spoiling Mum one
day a year.
Below are some simple recipes for young
children to follow (with help as appropriate,) so that they can show Mum they
It sounds simple, but it is an
achievement for a toddler or pre schooler. Dad will need to deal with the
cooking, but kids can set out the jam and knife, and maybe pour the juice.
If Mum likes them, swap toast for
crumpets, muffins or croissant.
Pour Mum’s favourite muesli or cereal
into her bowl and serve it with a jug of milk and a glass of juice on a tray.
This looks fancier than everyday breakfasts (and saves Mum getting soggy cereal
across the carpet and in her mouth!)
A bowl of fresh fruit salad is a healthy
start to any Mum's day.
Even toddlers can manage to cut a banana
into pieces and mix it with grapes. Older children and Dad can add apples,
oranges, strawberries, pears and peaches as well. If necessary, a tin of fruit
salad can form the base of the salad.
Serve with yoghurt, cream or ice cream,
depending on Mum's tastes. NB: to take some of the sourness out of yoghurt to
complement the fruit, mix a little caster sugar in it before serving.
A platter of fruit and maybe cheeses
will give a bit of luxury to the day.
Let the children arrange the fruit,
almond bread, muffins, croissant, nuts, cheeses or whatever else you think
she'll like. Serve it on a nice platter she can eat of and it is a simple but
exotic breakfast anyone can make for Mum.
Eggs and toast
Not so suitable for the very young, but
boiling, poaching or frying some eggs for Mum can be fun and fills Mum up nicely
as brunch if she's had a good sleep in.
Cook the eggs how Mum likes them and
provide with toast and maybe some fried tomato and mushrooms as well. For extra
flavour in the poached eggs, add some flavoured vinegar to the water before
If Dad cooks boiled eggs the day before,
even young children can make Mum an egg sandwich for breakfast.
Mash up the egg and add in curry powder,
cheese or other flavourings that Mum likes. Spread between pieces of bread, and
voila! A nice touch would be to warm the sandwich, too.
Alternatively, add a raw egg to bread in
a jaffle iron or sandwich toaster. Cheese and flavourings can also be added.
Primary children will find this a
challenging but feasible dish to prepare.
The basics are to beat eggs and milk in
a bowl. Melt some butter in a pan then add the egg mixture. Stir as the egg
thickens and serve just as the last bits of egg thicken.
For variation and to treat Mum, mix some
grated cheese in with the eggs and milk; sauté (lightly fry) some onion or bacon
in the pan before adding the eggs; or add parsley or Mum's favourite herbs and
spices; serve on toast and sliced tomato.
Beat eggs and milk in a bowl, adding cinnamon to taste. One at a
time, dip slices of bread into the mix. Cook in a fry pan with a small amount of
Serve with cheese and a sprig of parsley or topped with ice
cream and fruit.
© Tash Hughes 2007
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
business, as well as doing other business documentation projects. You can see
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