My darling grandmother introduced me to the idea of ‘The Food Fairy’ and I love her for it. It’s said to be a Jewish tradition and it’s simply the sweetest idea on earth. When you first get home, the last thing you want to do is entertain visitors. So instead of visiting the new mama, you take a whole meal, ready to eat, ring the door bell and then drive away before the new mama has had time to stagger to the door.
I’ll never forget opening the front door to a beautiful basket, over flowing with deliciousness. A whole chicken, roast potatoes, carrots and leeks, gravy and bread sauce, all in little pots, with apple crumble and custard. Everything was the perfect temperature to eat right away and my husband and I sat in bed with a tray and ate like we had never eaten before.
If you don’t have time to make a whole meal, many supermarkets now have a chicken rotiserie so why not choose a hot roast chic, a pot of mayo and a soft white baguette. The perfect hassle free lunch.
If you’re into baking, a homemade cake would certainly go down well. The cake can sit on the side in the kitchen for the whole family to enjoy. I love making banana bread and it’s so easy to do. Throw 270g soft light brown sugar in a mixer with 2 eggs, then beat in a few ripe or brown mashed bananas. Add 280g flour and a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Melt 150g butter and throw it in to the mix. Tip the mixture in to a buttered baking tin and pop in the oven for an hour or so. To check it’s cooked through, stick a skewer in to the middle and see if it comes out clean.
A friend of mine is about to have a baby and she’s mad about shepherds pie. I’m thinking of surprising her with a giant dish, teamed with a bag of frozen petit pois.
Another Food Fairy special would be to pop to a local bakery when it opens and buy a selection of muffins, croissants and maybe a pan au chocolate or two. And if you’re feeling extra kind, a few cappuccinos, orange juices and perhaps a pot of delicious jam. Find out what time the house hold wakes and leave it on the doorstep with a ring on the bell or a text.
These are just a few ideas on how to spoil a new mama.