There’s a bit of a love-hate relationship over ‘extra’ mums going around at the moment – you’re sick of being shown up, but you also kind of wish you were a little more… ‘extra’.
Like that one time you took shop-bought biscuits and little-boy sausages to your coffee group get-together, and damn Sheryl turned up with her home-made four tier sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free unicorn rainbow cake with sparkles AND it tasted so darn good! Then at the end of lunch when everyone is collecting their platters, you have to claim what you brought. You pick up the loud plastic wrapper of your biscuits and the little-boy sausages, that you nuked too long in the microwave, so that are trying to escape their jackets! It’s horrifying at the time (seriously, you will never make that mistake again around these ‘extra’ mums!). But, when you describe the situation later to a fellow basic mum, it’s easy to laugh about and completely relatable.
That is the precise reason why I love easy ‘extra’ recipes for basic mums. They somehow manage to make you feel a little more ‘extra’ but not too extra. No one wants to sacrifice 13 hours of your day to produce something that’ll probably look like it was made by your toddler anyway. With Easter just around the corner, us ‘basic mums’ at Mum 2 Mum have come up with a few ideas that were down-right easy to make but still say ‘look at me, I’ve made an effort’. Here’s what we came up with, and you can be the judge on which one really takes the cake. See what I did there… ‘cake’.
1) Pastel Eggs
Whether you’re wanting a recipe that likely avoids a trip to the shop, or you’re just looking for a recipe you can’t muck up, you’re going to love Pastel Eggs. They’re easy peasy and you can add as many or as little ingredients as you want. It’s all a preference game. Plus they’re super cute!
Chives (or anything suitable for garnish)
- Boil eggs until they are hard boiled. Cut the eggs in half length ways. Pinch the egg halves and scoop out the yolk into a bowl.
- Set up bowls of water that have food colouring drops in them (for this example I used three colours; blue, red and green). Drop the egg halves into the bowls and allow to soak until the eggs are stained a soft pastel. Place the egg halves flat side down on a paper towel to dry.
- Mash egg yolk with a fork to make a fine crumby texture. Add mayo, salt and pepper to egg yolk while continuing to mix until creamy.
- Place stained egg whites on a serving plate flat side up and spoon egg yolk back into eggs. Garnish with chives, or anything else suitable in your garden or cupboard
2) Eggs in a Nest
There are plenty of variations of this idea. In fact, we had two mums make their own variation of Eggs in a Nest this morning at our Easter themed morning tea.
1 large bar of Dairy Milk chocolate
Cupcake liners (optional)
Mini hard shell Easter eggs
3 cups Rice Bubbles
Mini hard shell Easter eggs
- Place an oven-proof bowl over a pot of boiling water on the stove. Add the block of Dairy Milk chocolate to the bowl, stirring as the chocolate melts. Once cooled a little add cornflakes and fold into melted chocolate.
- Empty the mixture into cupcake tins (optional: place cupcake liners into tin first). Push down the centre of the mixture to make a nest shape. Leave in the fridge until cool.
- Add mini hard-shelled Easter eggs to the top.
- Warm a pot on the stove top, melt 50g of butter with 2 tablespoons of honey. Add 3 cups of Rice Bubbles and stir.
- Empty the mixture into cupcake tins.
- Follow remaining steps of variation one above.
3) Easter Banana Sushi
This one sounds sooo ‘extra’ but again, it was nice and easy – remember, these are for the basic mums. And this ones great for the kids to get creative with too. They love getting involved and decorating their own Easter Banana Sushi (and eating the decorations as they go).
A block of Milk Chocolate
Sweets to decorate
- Place an oven-proof bowl over a pot of boiling water on the stove. Melt 2 – 2 1/2 row of Milk Chocolate per banana you would like to decorate.
- Peel your bananas and cover with melted chocolate.
- Decorate with your choice of sweets. In our example, Haley used mini chocolate Easter eggs and M&Ms. Other ideas could include, chopped nuts, sprinkles, popping candy etc.
4) Cheat – with Kmart
I mean, how great is Kmart? It’s the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas, it’s the best thing since sliced bread! You can take basic to ‘extra’ in seconds using their beautiful (and so cheap) decorative goodies. Put some savouries on a decorative Easter tray, Bam! Add an Easter centre piece to your dish, Kazoom! Hang a decorative Easter banner in the corner, Wha-pow! Suddenly, you’re otherwise basic dish in the superhero of the room. The dish is saved. My work here is done.
These are what we made here at Mum 2 Mum to share at our Easter morning tea. Do you have any other ideas to add? Let us know in the comments.