With Mother’s Day on the horizon, a celebratory brunch is the perfect opportunity to show some food love. Brunch menus have never been more exciting with countless Ottawa eateries hosting top-notch brunches, but if your goal is to avoid the crowds, then host your own fabulous brunch at home.
The key to stress free entertaining – the kind where you enjoy the event as well – all comes down to planning and preparation. If you are skilled in the kitchen, go ahead and serve the crab cake eggs benedict you saw on Pinterest, or whip up lemon meringue waffles inspired by your favorite cookbook. But, if your style is more akin to sleeping in and pouring the mimosas, then this guide is for you. Here’s a few of our favourite pro tips for your next amazing brunch.
Half the fun of planning a menu is the research, and it’s easy to spend hours gazing at photos of amazing food. Enjoy the process but be realistic about the time you have and the skill level required. Don’t set yourself up for hassle (or disaster) later in the week.
Consider what you can make in advance and what needs to be addressed the day of. Don’t forget to factor in time to do your shopping and source any specialty items you may need. If you see that your plan is adding up to time you don’t have, then consider picking up some of your favourite fallbacks like baked goods, pastries, or dessert.
The appeal of brunch is a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes that feel indulgent and familiar. It’s also the perfect meal to either stay in your comfort zone with a tried-and-true recipe or explore new flavours. Consider some of the following possibilities:
Be it a bold taste adventure or a simple family tradition, a beautiful worry-free Mothers Day brunch is as simple as taking the time to prepare and plan. Think casual elegance, it never goes out of style.
Do as much advance preparation as necessary and outsource as needed, then just relax, and enjoy the day. You earned it and Mom will love it.
Need some help with your brunch menu? Visit us in store or shop online to browse our selection of great brunch items like quiches, scones and baked goods.
Copy by: Tracey Black – Executive Chef/Owner, Epicuria Fine Food & Catering.
Photos by: Cori Horton
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