Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What better way could there be to show your mother, or the mother of your children, how much she means to you than with a lovely brunch you’ve prepared with your own hands, just for her? You can’t go wrong with these four recipes, guaranteed to please even the pickiest palate. Thank your mom this Mother’s Day with one of these simple dishes.
Fancy Citrus Salad
This citrus salad is sweet and tart. The fresh herbs give just a hint of flavor and really bring this dish together and make it special. Oranges with large navels tend to be the sweetest.
- 1 orange
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 3 fresh mint leaves, plus 2 for garnish
- 1 Tbsp. honey
Peel the orange and slice it thinly. Cut the grapefruit in half and use a spoon to remove the sections. Remove the thyme leaves from the stem and thinly slice the mint. Toss the fruit and herbs in a medium-sized bowl and drizzle with honey. Garnish with mint leaves before serving.
Similar to a quiche without the crust, this frittata is simple to make and is a filling main dish for Mom’s special day.
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 pound ground sausage
- 1/2 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large, oven-safe skillet, melt the butter, then add the sausage and saute until browned. Drain the sausage. Add the broccoli and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until heated through. Mix the cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper into the beaten eggs and pour the mixture into the skillet over the sausage and broccoli. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture has set. Place the pan into the oven under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes, until the top has browned slightly and the eggs appear fluffy. Slice and serve immediately.
A sweet breakfast or a tasty dessert, baking these fruity cakes is a great way to show your mother you care.
- 2 lb. fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Whipped cream
These can be made using baking mix and following the box directions, or you can make them from scratch as described below.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 12 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into pieces
- 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Using a pastry cutter, fork, or food processor, add the butter and cut together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the heavy cream and vanilla. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden-brown.
Mix the sugar, vanilla, and strawberries together. Split the shortbread in half, and place a large spoonful of strawberries on top of the bottom half. Add a dollop of whipped cream, and arrange the top of the shortbread alongside the strawberries. Serve immediately.
Whether or not you’ve ever made your mother want a strong drink, she’ll love this breakfast classic.
- 1 part sweet Champagne, chilled
- 1 part orange juice, chilled
- Orange slices or maraschino cherries for garnish
Combine juice and Champagne in a tall flute glass. Add a slice of orange to the rim or drop in a maraschino cherry. Serve immediately.
Carla Haibi is a Geek, Arabic and English food blogger who maintains the Lebanese Food Section on Shahiya.com and an Online content manager for Shahiya.com a Leading arabic recipe website in the Middle East.