Mothers Day with our Lombok Cookware!

Hey Hey, It’s Mother’s Day

With the clock ticking on Mother’s Day, most of us have probably realised the time may have come to start translating all of that gift buying thought into action. In many ways this celebration is one of the trickier ones to navigate – particularly since it can often be left in the hands of the father figure – or – a knowing nod from everyone who has been gifted a pasta necklace – young children. It’s a day that’s open to such vast interpretation; let’s home in on some of those phrases and clarify right now. The classic line of, ‘oh just a card will do’ could well mean ‘unless I wake up to a huge bunch of flowers you will need to look elsewhere next time you want to borrow my car/top/lawnmower.’ Equally, if you’re a father reading this and you’re thinking that breakfast in bed for the mother of your preschoolers would be lovely, it definitely will be appreciated, but lying-in toast crumbs and eating porridge that could be mistaken by the ungrateful for gruel, is not for the fainthearted. To finish off the scenarios it’s worth adding a cautionary note that those preparing ‘the perfect family day’ – you may find that ‘perfect’, uttered to any mother coming off the back of two glorious weeks of school holidays, is open to interpretation and might not be greeted with the desired response.
Of course, in reality there is no wrong way to spoil a loved one, and every single gesture will be lovingly received in the spirit in which it is gifted. Nevertheless, if inspiration is required then look no further than the emporium of giftware delights that can be found at Sandali. It’s fair to say that you will be wowed by the choice, and if you’re feeling indecisive then a gift voucher is the perfect solution.
One range that really stands out for so many reasons is the Lombok Cookware. Aesthetically this is simply stunning; charmingly rustic in appearance, the pots are baked in the ground using an ancient natural technique ensuring each of the dishes is perfectly unique. Although presenting as decorative, the dishes are functional and can be used to slow cook in the oven, or in the microwave. Solid in looks the pieces are in fact disarmingly light, which every cook knows is a godsend when it comes to a pot laden with casserole. And then to clean, simply wipe down with a soft cloth.
Crafted from terracotta, the back story to this hand- made cookware range is heartwarming. Lombok is a small Indonesian island, which despite its proximity to Bali, could not be more different, most notably it is less commercial island than its glitzy sister. The Lombok Pottery Centre is an initiative that began over thirty years ago, starting as a craft project with the aim of improving the standard of living of the potters. Today it is made up of four cooperatives, one of staff and three separate villages all of which are involved in the production of these beautiful pieces, each handmade by the women potters. The ultimate goal of the collective is to create a sustainable environment for the potters and the communities, specifically money raised is filtered towards women, children and education – so if that doesn’t scream perfect Mother’s Day gift, I don’t know what does!
If you really want to go the extra mile you could fill one of the beautiful dishes with a homemade meal. Alternatively, you could make the meal and gift yourself the dish. To help get started we’ve added one of Sandy’s famous Clarke Road Kitchen Cook School recipes – simple but effective. Enjoy!
Written by Nicky Adams
Baked warm Olives, Feta and Tomatoes served with Turkish Bread or Pitas – Serves 4 - 6
 2 cups assorted black and green olives
Zest and juice of 1 Lemon
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 bay leaves
3 medium tomatoes, diced
200 grams piece soft feta cheese
Pinch chilli flakes
1 tsp cumin seeds
Freshly ground black pepper
3 -4 tbsp olive oil
 Pre – heat the oven to 200ºC.
Break the feta into 4 or 5 pieces and place in a baking dish.  Scatter over tomatoes, olives, bay leaves, chilli flakes and cumin seeds.  Mix the olive oil and garlic and drizzle over everything. Lastly the zest and lemon juice.  Bake for approx. 15 minutes.
Serve with Turkish Bread or Warm Pitas.