Preparing a Mother’s Day Brunch sure sounds like a good idea — execution is an entirely different story. Makes the $25 per head at your favorite restaurant sound like a bargain, right?
I love going out and enjoying a great meal. That’s probably my favorite pastime, in fact! Speaking of that, I just finished watching the entire Anthony Bourdain: Part’s Unknown series with great anticipation. Anthony explores the world and its indigenous foods. I daydreamed of exploring the world and different foods as I watched. Becoming intimate with the heritage, history and culture behind the food is one of the best parts about dining. You will never get a “nah” from me when it comes to exploring or venturing into new-tastes territory.
But sometimes, I crave the intimacy of a home cooked meal made for people I love and enjoyed with those people. They know that you shopped, cooked and will have to deal with unavoidable kitchen duty after the meal. This in and of itself is a true gift.
Here’s how you can make an intimate, fun and simple-yet-elegant meal doable. First, cook with high-quality fresh ingredients and great herbs and spice blends to bring out flavors. Beautiful berries and fresh flowers always help create a gorgeous (but simple!) presentation.
Simple, but flavorful — that’s my motto. Less is more, and you sure don’t have to make a lot of dishes — just create a few really awesome ones.
Here’s where the real gift comes into play. Your mom will likely experience the following:
- She Becomes Instantly “Coolified”: She will be intrigued by the fact you are creating dairy-free, gluten-free foods. “Really, this is good for me – and won’t make me fat?” This always intrigues people — they instantly feel “coolified” because they feel like they are a part of some growing movement — a foodie!
- She Feels Great: Mom will be totally stupefied by how much energy she feels after the meal and by the fact that she doesn’t feel like she swallowed a bowing ball after eating. Let’s face it… in most cases, when it comes to typical Mother’s Day brunches, you eat some eggy–cheesy, milky dish, lots of gluten and artificial this-and-that, and top it off with some sugary, high-carb, gluten-filled dessert. The results? You feel like someone drugged you as your belly manages to pop over your jeans. This WON’T happen with my simple, yet elegant, fare.
- She Gains Instant Bragging Rights: Oh yeah. Mom gets to tell her friends about the ultra-cool meal you made her, and “oh, I can get you the recipe. You won’t believe how good this coffee cake is.”
Here, I present my super easy Mother’s Day brunch. Ham and Asparagus Frittata and Orange, Cranberry & Pecan Coffee Cake. Don’t forget the berries and blooms!
P.S. Hope my sons are reading this … Hey, guys, it’s not too late! And don’t forget next year…
Keep thinking big and living bold!