With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we caught up with founding Mother of Peter Bouchier's,Sue Bouchier, to talk about what the day means to her family and what family life is like in the Bouchier household.
What's a typical Mother's Day like in your household?
For us it’s a very laid back, casual day with a big meal either for lunch or dinner, usually at home where we can be as loud as we like!
What would you like your family to make you for breakfast in bed on Mother's Day?
Bacon and eggs are a must on Mother Day, with all the sides imaginable. I’m actually not a big fan ofbreakfast in bed though! Too many crumbs I say. Of course, when our kids were young they would insist I ate my Mother's Day breakfast with the three of them sitting at the end of the bed watching me enjoy everymouthful. Tom, on one occasion thought I might have liked something different from the typical bacon and eggs affair. He slowly wobbled up to the bed with a huge bowl, filled to the brim of warm milky rice bubbles, I had no other choice but to exclaim how appreciative I was and to then slurp up the contents of the giant bowl. After that year, I insisted that we all ate breakfast together on Mother's Day – at the kitchen table!
What are your three top tips for juggling life as a working Mum?
I’m still working on these after 28 years!
Who in the Bouchier family is the best cook (and why). What dishes are they renowned for?
Peter is terrific when it comes to cooking for a crowd. He is never stressed, and loves to put on a bit of a show by the spit or weber – depending on the occasion. In the last few years he has really taken pride in his Sunday roasts as the number of placemats around the table increase with the addition of boyfriends, girlfriends and travellers! Peter loves the weekends because he can spend all afternoon in the backyard watching the spit rotate round and round and enjoying a nice glass of wine.
What's your signature dish?
Veal Osso Bucco is one of the family favourites for winter and I always get good reviews for my Spaghetti and Meatballs for a mid-week meal.
What's your go-to dish when you need to whip up a quick, simple dinner?
When I’m working in our Deli at David Jones, Bourke Street I select a number of our sliced products that are perfect to put together for a Charcuterie board. Having spent a number of year putting platters together in the Deli, I have become very quick at it and I use it as a fall back option when I need to put something on the table quickly, that will be eye catching, simple to prepare, and a great Friday night dinner option.
What dish or recipe do you most associate with your own Mum?
My mother has a great recipe, which she got from Granny, for a hot mustard sauce that she would make to accompany corned beef. Corned beef was something Mum cooked quite often when we were young, every time she cooked corned beef I would hover around the kitchen to get a taste test of the sauce. Now, when I cook corned beef I can’t eat it without Mum’s hot mustard sauce.
What is your ultimate comfort food?
Haigh’s chocolate is a must! When everyone has gone to bed, I curl up on the couch and watch one of my favourite shows.
Sue is currently based at our smallgoods facility in Moorabbin but she still calls Bourke Street home after spending the past 7 years at our David Jones Deli.