And just like that we are in March!
I had a wonderfully busy run up to Valentine’s Day and my heart-shaped brownies were sent all over the nation. Winging their way through our postal service and into the welcoming arms of loved ones. I feel that it’s fair to say that the heart-shaped brownies were a hit and I really enjoyed writing out all the messages that went with them. So many of you sent the heart to friends and family members. Valentines this year was a date for us all.
With February firmly behind us, we are now into Spring and like so many of you, this time of year really does lift my spirits. The days are longer, there is more colour around and I love to watch the garden as it shakes off the winter.
Mother’s Day 2021
The pandemic swirls around us but that is not going to stop Mother’s Day on the 14th of March happening this year. There will be no ‘official’ day to visit family and friends, but the powers of Zoom or Teams etc. have long been acknowledged now as the go-to, virtual, meeting place. Thanks also to the post, we can send gifts of flowers and chocolate, maybe some brownies, ahead of the date to be opened live on camera should we so wish.
In much the same way that Valentine’s day didn’t start with flowers, hearts and chocolate, I got to wondering where this phenomenon started from…
The origins of Mother’s Day
Originally, Mothering Sunday was a date when folk returned to the church within which they were baptised as children. This saw friends and families reunited for that day. Over time, employers allowed their servants this date off work to return home to their families. Children returned from the big houses where they worked, often with gifts for their Mother which the employer had provided.
The day falls on the fourth Sunday of the Christian festival of Lent and became known as Mothering Sunday in Britain.
Traditionally, a simnel cake was prepared to share with the family. A light fruit cake, with a layer of marzipan paste baked into its middle and then covered with a layer of marzipan on top. If that isn’t quite enough marzipan for you, well here goes…
In days gone by the cake was decorated with 11 or 12 (yes, my friends, you have read that correctly) 11 or 12 balls of marzipan. These balls of marzipan represent the 11 disciples and sometimes, Jesus himself. So, it makes sense that this cake has become more of a favourite at Easter.
Which Leads perfectly to Easter
This year, Easter is only three weeks behind Mother’s Day, with an early date of the 4th of April. As well as being the most important event in the Christian calendar, Easter is traditionally a time for family celebrations. It’s the last of the three big dates I have discussed in my last two posts, and a good excuse to gather the family around the table and enjoy a nice big slice of cake.
Virtual wedding fayre, anyone?
These fabulous days out are being showcased on the internet with suppliers uploading short video’s for visitors to watch. If you’d like to ‘virtually’ visit a fayre, then the next one I will be ‘attending’ in my capacity as wedding cake designer, is the 28th of March – simply search Midlands Online Wedding Fayre’ for more information.
Brownies are still racing out of my kitchen and into their forever tummies. Raspberry and chocolate remain the nations favourite, with the Cherry and Blondies hot on its heels.
‘Eating a brownie is like wrapping a soft, cashmere blanket around your shoulders’
Remember, the only real way to start or finish any weekend is with a brownie and a cup of coffee or better still, a glass of red wine.
Next month: Is that Freedom I see?