• 1. What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

    Mother’s Day is always a special day but this year is a highlight because it’s my partner (Kristy’s) first Mother’s Day with our new baby, Maximiliano. It’s the one day of the year that I’m allowed to cook in my mother’s kitchen without any interference. I like to spoil all the mums in our family with a huge feast – they deserve it. I have been so lucky to have been surrounded by such strong, inspiring and positive women in my life.

    2. How will you spend Mother’s Day this year?

    This year Kristy, Max and I will be heading to Noosa for the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. We’ll enjoy a beautiful lunch followed by an afternoon swim. 

     

  • 3. What’s on the menu?

    I always organise fresh burrata, mozzarella and ricotta as it’s a favorite for both my Mum and Kristy. We always have late season tomatoes and figs in the garden which make for a delicious share plate.

    Afterwards, we have ravioli with a delicious meat sauce, homemade sausages, and porchetta cooked over the coals with a huge bowl of tiramisu and limoncello to finish.

    4. What’s your favourite Mother’s Day memory?

    A few years back my Nonna visited from Italy and I just happened to be home for Mother’s Day. The entire family jumped in the mini-van - Mum, dad, my brothers and both my Nonnas. We took a little trip to the east coast of Tasmania and stopped in a place called Dunalley. My Mum and Nonna’s showed us how to go clamming. It was a great day watching everyone get involved, digging up the sand with shovels and sifting for clams. That night we had the biggest pot of spaghetti and clams which is a famous dish from our family’s region.

kate gibbs mothers day

  • 1. What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

    This year, more than ever. I’ve finally realised how much mothers do, how much they love, how being a mother can make a woman stronger and at the same time can make her a little bit crazy, exhausted and deliriously happy. Yes, I’m a mother now. My son Jack was born in June last year, and I think I’d be wise to encourage the treasure-mum-on-Mother’s-Day tradition – think breakfast in bed (coffee will do), being patient with her, giving her extra cuddles – from the get go.

     

    2. How will you spend Mother’s Day this year?

    It’s four generations of mums for us now – and my first – so we’ll be bringing 92-year-old grandma Margaret Fulton (who the great grandchildren call GG), my mother, my sister and her two children, me and Jack, plus all the gentlemen of the house together to celebrate this incredible milestone. These things are usually set at my mother’s place, because she does most of the cooking and there’s more room to create a shamble. 

  • 3. What’s on the menu?

    We’ll each contribute. I’ve been craving a pavlova all year since I forgot to make one at Christmas (new baby), so I will make one of those. It’s good to have a crowd to feed. A tiramisu is always a lovely pick me up as well, and shares well. If the weather stays polite, we may fire up the barbecue, do a roast rib eye on the bone. I love doing a herbs-and-greens-packed sauce to go with it that I’ll call a chimichurri but probably strictly won’t be. We eat a lot of amazing salads, and it’s not uncommon to have four large salad platters on the table.

     

    4. What’s your favourite Mother’s Day memory?

    Mother’s Day past become a kind of blur. A sparkling and crackling roast pork with Grandma hovering over to carve is blurred with a rainy day where we spend the entire afternoon playing cards – we love Five Hundred – or Pictionary or whatever. They kind of melt together, years of glorious feasts where we’re either at my grandmothers or my mothers, where we give scarves and flowers or drink Champagne into the evening. I can’t remember one in particular. They’ve all been special with their family idiosyncrasies and fun. I’ll remember this year’s, though. It will be filled with more immense love than I ever knew possible. He won’t remember it, of course, but I’ll treasure it forever.