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Neil Perry’s top tips for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is upon us and what’s the way to heart this year? Her stomach, of course.

Neil Perry, one of Australia’s most decorated chefs knows a thing or two about keeping her happy with a gastronomic onslaught, so we went for a sift through his best tips on how to show Mum the love this year and, to be honest, they’re not half-baked!

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“There’s no better way to spoil mum on Mother’s Day than by making her breakfast and you’ll earn yourself some serious Brownie points, too,” said Neil.

Here are his top Mother’s Day tips…

Get cooking! 

Here’s my recipe for Egg, Ham & Gruyere Buckwheat Crêpes. You can serve these delicious crêpes with with ricotta and maple syrup if you’d prefer a lighter filling. Find the recipe here.


Or here’s his baked eggs ‘shakshuka’ recipe, with spicy sausage and labneh, which would make an equally lovely brunch if you’re letting mum have a well-deserved lie-in! Here’s Neil’s recipe.


Take it out

If you want to take mum out to lunch or dinner, I’d choose Ester or Mr Wong in Sydney. Of course, you could take mum to lunch or dinner at Spice Temple or Rockpool Bar & Grill, where she will be treated with complimentary handmade petit fours; such as salted caramel, passionfruit marshmallow, pineapple truffle, dark chocolate bark with macadamia and sesame, or Valrhona chocolate after dinner mints.

Spice Temple Sydney

Get cultural

For something non-food related, take mum for stroll along the Sydney foreshore, or if it’s a nice day enjoy the Bondi to Bronte walk. If the weather is cooler, take in the Warhol exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery.

Bondi to Bronte walk

Don’t forget about Melbourne! 

In Melbourne, take mum for a walk through China Town and the city and then perhaps choose a restaurant for lunch or dinner. My top picks would be Flower Drum or Café Di Stasio – they’re both worthy places to spoil the world’s most wonderful mothers. The National Gallery of Victoria is always worth a visit.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Fire up the oven 

Of course, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a home-baked cake. Neil Perry’s Fig and Walnut cake is pretty easy to make and mum will love it.

Neil Perry fig walnut cake

Or try this Date and Hazelnut Cake with Crumble. Either way, you’ll make it a Mother’s Day to remember.

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