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Mother’s Day

BUTTERNUT SQUASH WAFFLES

These have a delightfully gentle orange hue and sweet flavour, and can be enjoyed with savoury or sweet toppings. You will need a waffle iron, but if you don’t have one, you could make fluffy butternut pancakes with the same batter instead. PREP TIME: 10 MINS • COOK TIME: 20 MINS 200g (7oz) butternut squash, […]

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A GUIDED BODY SCAN

You may wish to write a few notes after this exercise and, as you practise it, whether daily or weekly, your experience may change over time. To do this mindful exercise, you need a chair and a quiet space where you won’t be distracted by people coming into it. Noises beyond the space are natural and are part […]

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There’s no better present than a book…

Your gentle reminder that Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY. If you’re stuck for a gift then why not treat your mum (or yourself) to a new book – the perfect accompaniment to breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day! What Happened That Night by Sheila O’Flanagan Then When Lola Fitzpatrick catches the eye of Philip Warren, […]

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Brioches

ITALY Shall we have breakfast at home or in the bar? One thing’s for certain: breakfast will be sweet. Think of crème pâtissière secreted inside a delicious brioche. And a cappuccino, then maybe an espresso later on to really kick off the day. 150g (5 1/2 oz) 00 flour 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) milk […]

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Team Bookends’ Mums

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Team Bookends thought we’d share with you what we’d like to thank our mums for and what makes them so special!   Helena It’s way too difficult to pin point just one reason that makes my mum special. Everyone will say they have the best mum in the world but I’m […]

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Make Mother’s Day Such Fun with Miranda

Miranda’s Daily Dose of Such Fun! is just that – a tip for each day of the year to bring more positivity into your life. Here’s the entry for 26th March – Mother’s Day this year – with another way to spread the love. To break the habit of not saying hello to strangers, or even […]

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The ‘Hurrah for Gin’ Guide to Parenting with Biscuits

In an ideal world my kids would do as they were asked and I would always keep my cool. But I’m not built that way, my patience is a little on the low side and there are only so many times I can tolerate ‘But what’s your favourite Star Wars ship Mummy?’ type questions in […]

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What motherhood means to me

In celebration of Mother’s Day two of our wonderful Bookends authors discuss what motherhood means to them. Daniela Sacerdoti, author of Keep Me Safe Mother’s Day is a sweet day for me. I still have the first card I ever received from my son Sorley, picked in Marks and Spencer together with a purple candle […]

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Five dysfunctional families, according to Amy Engel

Amy Engel, author of the disturbing and gripping The Roanoke Girls (and one of our books of the month!), gives us the low-down on her top five most dysfunctional mothers in literature.   I’ve always loved books about screwed-up families. And as anyone who has read my books knows, it’s a theme I explore often in […]

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Recipe of the Week: Garlicky Georgian Poussins

This is the most popular Georgian dish outside Georgia. The young spatchcocked chickens were traditionally cooked on special tapa skillets, weighted down with a brick. I have recently learned that in Hungary they call it ‘iron chicken’. I can just picture those hefty vintage irons adorning frying pans all over Budapest, sweet garlicky smells penetrating […]

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Hannah Doyle’s third baby

Hannah Doyle’s had three babies this year. Two twins and a book baby! In the run-up to Mother’s Day, I like to spend a good amount of time in Hotel Chocolat, following that elusive taster tray around like a canapé pest at a party. Often I’ll have to pop back in at another time, you know, […]

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Gift an ebook this Mother’s Day

Give your mum the gift of reading this Mother’s Day with these fantastic reads. Or, you know, you could dip into them yourself…! First Comes Love by Emily Giffin What happens when love, marriage and children don’t come in the expected order? Fifteen years after the tragic death of their older brother splintered Josie and Meredith’s […]

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