Mother’s Day is one of the highlights of our year, a day when we honour our own mothers, grandmothers and in this era of blended families – we honour step mothers and other strong female influences in our lives.
Traditionally on this day, mothers and mother figures are treated with cards, flowers and other thoughtful gifts and here at James Whelan Butchers we love to celebrate with great food.
For people planning a big family gathering, we always say that you just can’t go wrong with Rib of Beef on the Bone. It’s one of our most popular joints, perfect for slow roasting and with roasting on the bone it is so full of flavours. Often called the Roast of Roasts, here is our own step by step guide – and an important tip here is to allow the meat to rest and relax after cooking before slicing and serving as it improves the flavour and juiciness – plus it makes it so much easier to carve.
And our friends and customers would be well aware that we never recommend a roast without our famous JWB Beef Dripping Roast Potatoes – in our humble opinion these are the best roast potatoes you will ever have!
Viva Espana for Mother’s Day!
Another favourite roast of ours, which is perfect for Mother’s Day or any special Sunday is our award winning Iberico Rack of Pork. This very unique pork is native to the Iberian Peninsula, where the pigs are allowed to roam free in oak forests and enjoy a diet of herbs, grasses and cereals. This gives the pork an incredible luxurious flavour and tenderness. It’s so easy to prepare and serve and never fails to impress. You will be the apple of your mother’s eye preparing this dish on Mother’s Day. And speaking of apples – our trick here is to place a cooking apple or two underneath the meat during cooking. Again something that we always celebrate – great food that is so simple, yet full of goodness and flavour.
Easy Does It!
We love coming up with solutions for those of you who may prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and is looking for an oven ready special meal. Like our Red Chicken Cushion, which is hand prepared by our butchers, deboned and wrapped around delicious Heritage Cure Bacon and stuffed with a mouth watering Black Pudding and Thyme Sausage Meat Stuffing. It’s a meal for four people, or if you are looking for something for a larger gathering, why not try our Roast Stuffed Turkey. Our Free Range Irish Turkey are available all year round and can be prepared stuffed or unstuffed.
We love ours stuffed, as the flavours of our award winning stuffing are released through the turkey giving a juicy flavoursome tender joint. If your guests include people who may have an intolerance to gluten, you can always serve the stuffing on the side and our Award Winning Homemade Stuffing is available to purchase separately – either online or in any one of our shops.
Delicious Mother’s Day Treat for Two
Our signature Beef Wellington is making a very special re-appearance in time for Mother’s Day. It is the “pièce de résistance“ of oven ready meals. It serves two people generously, made with prime aged Irish beef fillet, wrapped in a mushroom duxelles, buttery puff pastry with fresh herbs and sea salt. This special dish is available through our Click & Collect service, so simply order online, choose your nearest shop and collect on the day of your choice.
Our advice this Mother’s Day is to keep it simple, spend more time with mum and less time stressing over elaborate meals. The most important thing is spending time together, with great food of course, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Our recommendation would be to leave the preparation to your trusted butcher, leaving more time to relax and enjoy this special day.