5@5 – Craft a special homemade Mother’s Day brunch
May 10th, 2012
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Mother’s Day is coming up on May 13 and you’re probably scrambling to find a decent place to make those Sunday brunch reservations. Pair that with a bouquet of flowers and some jewelry and you’ve done your duty this year once again. But, how about going the extra mile for your mother and putting a little thought into her special day?

Preparing a homemade Mother’s Day brunch will really show Mom how much you care, says Justin Devillier. Devillier is the chef and owner of La Petite Grocery restaurant in New Orleans, and will celebrate this Mother’s Day with wife, Mia, and one year-old daughter, Ruby.

Five Tips for a Special Homemade Mother’s Day Brunch for Mom: Justin Devillier

1. Separate your prep list into two categories
Divide your tasks into items that can be prepared the night before (cocktail sauce, washed herbs, picked crab, etc.) and items that you will need to prep Sunday morning (hollandaise sauce, shucked oysters, poached eggs and fried bacon). This helps break up the cooking process, so you’re not swamped and frantic. It's a very special brunch for a very special lady, so it is important to allocate the time to prepare your best.

2. Keep the menu on the light side, especially if you have the option to enjoy the morning in the fresh air outside
Consider serving the following:

  • Ice-cold raw oysters on the half shell with mignonette sauce (usually shallots, black pepper and vinegar) and cocktail sauce
  • Shaved raw asparagus with lemon vinaigrette, cracked black pepper and pecorino cheese
  • Poached eggs with rye toast, cured salmon and hollandaise
  • Small bowl of fresh fruit to finish

3. Prepare fresh juices
Whether it’s orange, grapefruit or lemonade, juices taste much better if they are hand-squeezed. Plus, it shows Mom that you put in the extra effort. Use a citrus reamer or head down to the nearest Latino market or specialty kitchen store and pick up a hand press for a few bucks.

4. Shop for quality
Spend a little time to find ingredients that are special, such as fresh eggs from the farmers market and locally-made bacon and ham. If you don't know where to begin looking for these kinds of items, talk to your local grocer or butcher and have him or her recommend the best quality. It’s important to splurge for Mom. After all, she probably did it for you a few times.

5. If you are going to include an adult beverage, make sure it is a complementary selection
The last thing you want to do is spend all that time preparing an awesome menu just to have an so-so wine pairing. Some choices that usually pair well with brunch fare are Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley or Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon. Then again, you can't go wrong with a nice Champagne.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Waffle House rules

    Bacon, eggs, hash browns biscuits, coffee... end of story (well, maybe a good-sized bowl of grits on the side). Then a good walk to jostle everything down.

    May 13, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  2. Thinking things through

    Frankly, I'd love this for my Mother's Day Brunch (alas, the cats are not about to cook for me!) I'd save the wine for the end of the day, however.

    Anyhow, happy Mother's Day to everyone to whom this applies!

    May 13, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  3. Floyd Schrodinger

    OK, the wine sounds good as long as breakfast is after 5PM. I wouldn't eat any of that other stuff, especially raw oysters – yuck! Maybe this was your Fathers Day menu?

    May 13, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • 'Maters in the morning...

      Bloody (or Virgin) Mary with all the fixin's does the trick before noon.

      May 13, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  4. Missaness

    If my kid gave me some of those things for breakfast on mother's day, I'd probably have to ground her. Luckily, Daddy is home and will help her make things he knows I enjoy.

    May 13, 2012 at 3:21 am |
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