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Mother’s Day Brunch

Celebrate with your nearest and dearest

Mother’s Day.  An opportunity to celebrate your nearest and dearest. As a mother and a daughter, I most certainly get it.  But often those who are hosting are mothers themselves. Wait, is this an autobiography? I digress. My favourite way to celebrate is with brunch so I put together three Mother’s Day brunch menus from some of my favourite cookbooks, with main dishes that can be prepared in advance for the most part.  BTW, a Bellini with fresh squeezed OJ is always appreciated.

 

Huckleberry Bakery & Café is a popular Santa Monica breakfast spot.  It was from Chef Zoe Nathan that I first heard the advice “double the salt and double the vanilla”.  A kindred spirit, I knew I would like the Huckleberry cookbook. Croque Monsieur is a French breakfast sandwich made of sourdough bread covered with béchamel sauce, ham and Gruyere cheese.  The book includes the traditional and a vegetarian croque recipe made with spinach and leeks, which was excellent. What I love about this is that the sandwiches can be assembled the night before and baked at the last minute.  Serve with a simple green salad and you are good to go. If you want something sweet, try the Chocolate Hazelnut Scones or the Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake. The butter and ground nuts makes each of these pastries incredibly moist and delicious.  

 

Last year I wrote about Sarabeth’s Good Morning Cookbook and suffice to say, Sarabeth Levine knows her way around a bakery, which you can visit in New York.  My favourite dish from this cookbook is Potato Waffles, savoury waffles made of mashed baking potatoes and sour cream.  I like them best topped with a poached egg. These are even better (crispier) when you make them in advance, freeze them and reheat in a hot oven.  Pair the waffles with a green salad or try the Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Honey-Grapefruit Vinaigrette. End your meal with Strawberry Shortcakes, my favourite.  

 

If you visit Chicago, run, don’t walk to Little Goat Diner.  Chef Stephanie Izard just released a cookbook called Gather & Graze which includes some of her famous breakfast items.  Treat the mother in your life to Perfect Pancakes with Chocolate Crispies topped with Chocolate Malt Butter (crispies and topping can be made in advance).  The recipe calls for sourdough starter and a friend gave me some. If dealing with sourdough starter seems like too much, use your favourite pancake recipe with Izard’s toppings. But these pancakes are special and the chocolate malt butter takes them to eleven.  Another option is Corncakes and Eggs with Heirlooms and Herbs; sweet corn muffins topped with savoury avocado, bacon and eggs and garnished with a tomato salad (which you should not skip). There was a huge amount of batter, reduce it by half to get 8 small cakes.  You can also reduce the sugar. Both of these dishes are good with strong coffee and some fruit.

 

However you choose to celebrate, enjoy the day.  

Mother’s Day.  An opportunity to celebrate your nearest and dearest. As a mother and a daughter, I most certainly get it.  But often those who are hosting are mothers themselves. Wait, is this an autobiography? I digress. My favourite way to celebrate is with brunch so I put together three Mother’s Day brunch menus from some of my favourite cookbooks, with main dishes that can be prepared in advance for the most part.  BTW, a Bellini with fresh squeezed OJ is always appreciated.

 

Huckleberry Bakery & Café is a popular Santa Monica breakfast spot.  It was from Chef Zoe Nathan that I first heard the advice “double the salt and double the vanilla”.  A kindred spirit, I knew I would like the Huckleberry cookbook. Croque Monsieur is a French breakfast sandwich made of sourdough bread covered with béchamel sauce, ham and Gruyere cheese.  The book includes the traditional and a vegetarian croque recipe made with spinach and leeks, which was excellent. What I love about this is that the sandwiches can be assembled the night before and baked at the last minute.  Serve with a simple green salad and you are good to go. If you want something sweet, try the Chocolate Hazelnut Scones or the Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake. The butter and ground nuts makes each of these pastries incredibly moist and delicious.  

 

Last year I wrote about Sarabeth’s Good Morning Cookbook and suffice to say, Sarabeth Levine knows her way around a bakery, which you can visit in New York.  My favourite dish from this cookbook is Potato Waffles, savoury waffles made of mashed baking potatoes and sour cream.  I like them best topped with a poached egg. These are even better (crispier) when you make them in advance, freeze them and reheat in a hot oven.  Pair the waffles with a green salad or try the Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Honey-Grapefruit Vinaigrette. End your meal with Strawberry Shortcakes, my favourite.  

 

If you visit Chicago, run, don’t walk to Little Goat Diner.  Chef Stephanie Izard just released a cookbook called Gather & Graze which includes some of her famous breakfast items.  Treat the mother in your life to Perfect Pancakes with Chocolate Crispies topped with Chocolate Malt Butter (crispies and topping can be made in advance).  The recipe calls for sourdough starter and a friend gave me some. If dealing with sourdough starter seems like too much, use your favourite pancake recipe with Izard’s toppings. But these pancakes are special and the chocolate malt butter takes them to eleven.  Another option is Corncakes and Eggs with Heirlooms and Herbs; sweet corn muffins topped with savoury avocado, bacon and eggs and garnished with a tomato salad (which you should not skip). There was a huge amount of batter, reduce it by half to get 8 small cakes.  You can also reduce the sugar. Both of these dishes are good with strong coffee and some fruit.

 

However you choose to celebrate, enjoy the day.  

Mother’s Day.  An opportunity to celebrate your nearest and dearest. As a mother and a daughter, I most certainly get it.  But often those who are hosting are mothers themselves. Wait, is this an autobiography? I digress. My favourite way to celebrate is with brunch so I put together three Mother’s Day brunch menus from some of my favourite cookbooks, with main dishes that can be prepared in advance for the most part.  BTW, a Bellini with fresh squeezed OJ is always appreciated.

 

Huckleberry Bakery & Café is a popular Santa Monica breakfast spot.  It was from Chef Zoe Nathan that I first heard the advice “double the salt and double the vanilla”.  A kindred spirit, I knew I would like the Huckleberry cookbook. Croque Monsieur is a French breakfast sandwich made of sourdough bread covered with béchamel sauce, ham and Gruyere cheese.  The book includes the traditional and a vegetarian croque recipe made with spinach and leeks, which was excellent. What I love about this is that the sandwiches can be assembled the night before and baked at the last minute.  Serve with a simple green salad and you are good to go. If you want something sweet, try the Chocolate Hazelnut Scones or the Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake. The butter and ground nuts makes each of these pastries incredibly moist and delicious.  

 

Last year I wrote about Sarabeth’s Good Morning Cookbook and suffice to say, Sarabeth Levine knows her way around a bakery, which you can visit in New York.  My favourite dish from this cookbook is Potato Waffles, savoury waffles made of mashed baking potatoes and sour cream.  I like them best topped with a poached egg. These are even better (crispier) when you make them in advance, freeze them and reheat in a hot oven.  Pair the waffles with a green salad or try the Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Honey-Grapefruit Vinaigrette. End your meal with Strawberry Shortcakes, my favourite.  

 

If you visit Chicago, run, don’t walk to Little Goat Diner.  Chef Stephanie Izard just released a cookbook called Gather & Graze which includes some of her famous breakfast items.  Treat the mother in your life to Perfect Pancakes with Chocolate Crispies topped with Chocolate Malt Butter (crispies and topping can be made in advance).  The recipe calls for sourdough starter and a friend gave me some. If dealing with sourdough starter seems like too much, use your favourite pancake recipe with Izard’s toppings. But these pancakes are special and the chocolate malt butter takes them to eleven.  Another option is Corncakes and Eggs with Heirlooms and Herbs; sweet corn muffins topped with savoury avocado, bacon and eggs and garnished with a tomato salad (which you should not skip). There was a huge amount of batter, reduce it by half to get 8 small cakes.  You can also reduce the sugar. Both of these dishes are good with strong coffee and some fruit.

 

However you choose to celebrate, enjoy the day.