Mother’s Day Dinner Mother’s Day is indisputably one of the most beloved holidays of the year. Late spring flowers are in bloom, the air is warm and fragrant with the humidity of the summer still nowhere in sight, it is a perfect time to honor your mom with an elegant lunch or dinner at home with the family.
Photographed by Gary Flom. My Mom lives in Ukraine so this year I decided to have a dinner for my wonderful mother-in-law. I collaborated with Juliska, a small, innovative dinnerware design company with an extraordinarily passionate artistic attitude. That was really befitting for my mother-in-law who with her 60s’ movie star looks is also very creative and despite limited resources, actually designed and made her own dresses and hats earlier in life. We invited our immediate family which is relatively small especially when considering the relatives who are local and shared a warm, relaxed evening with plenty of laughter, having great food, wine and recounting lots of family stories and lore. Mustard & Fennel Swordfish Skewers with Pea Hummus make an unforgettable spring dish for a wonderful Mother’s Day dinner or brunch. A handful of fresh mint leaves subtly enhance the intensity of the taste while blanched green peas and hummus cut through the richness of the fish adding an additional healthy touch to this preparation. Spring Chicken is the hallmark dish of the season. I simply roasted the succulent chicken legs and served them with vegetable couscous and a dollop of pesto on top. While this cheesecake is made from basic traditional ingredients there are two special additions that give this particular cake its distinct taste- passionfruit and white chocolate! The soft creamy cheesecake batter is mixed with luscious melted white chocolate and juice of passionfruit pulp which is then poured into the buttery biscuit crust base. Once the cake is baked to light-golden perfection, let it rest in the fridge overnight. It is absolutely delicious!