Bites: Forget flowers; say it with chocolate

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Today is Mother's Day, so it's time to lavish some attention on yours. And what better way than with an edible extravaganza? Goodness knows she spent years doling out home-cooked meals to you, in return for little more than a grunt and a high tide of dirty dishes.

Of course, attentive children will have booked tea at a swanky hotel or dinner at a bistro with soft lighting and toothsome puddings, but it's too late for that now if you're reading this without a confirmed reservation to hand. So what you must do is lavish her with delicious treats. Sure, mother will sigh delightedly at a bouquet (while privately despairing at the cost) or pretend to be impressed with an "improving" book, but a wodge of chocolate (Cadbury is utterly acceptable now it's going Fairtrade) is what she really wants. And for more epicurean matriarchs, panic-buy posh olive oil, cupcakes or even herbs from the farmers' market this morning (you can find your nearest at She's worth it.