I got inspired yesterday and planned out a Mother’s Day brunch to make for my mom this morning. Being an only child, I usually plan my meals around things that sound good to ME and then adjust them for whomever I am cooking. So this morning’s brunch was designed to be a protein-rich, gluten-free, diabetic-friendly and yet, decadent meal.
Spinach and Feta Frittata:
2 TBSP Half & Half
1 tsp of Garlic Salt
Pinch of Black Pepper
3/4 Cup of Feta
2 Cups of Fresh Spinach
1 Cup of Paper Thin Sliced Red Onion
Bacon Caprese Bites
6 Slices of Black Peppered Bacon
2 Cups of Cherry Tomatoes
6 Small Fresh Mozzarella Balls
1 TBSP of Olive Oil
1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
Dash of Sea Salt
Dash of Ground Black Pepper
Triple Berry Mascarpone Salad
1 Small Package of Fresh Blueberries
1 Small Package of Fresh Raspberries
1 Box of Fresh Strawberries
2 Cups of Mascarpone
1 TBSP of Honey
I wanted to create a beautiful plate and table, to make my Mom feel extra special, so I got up at around 8am and starting cooking. I love getting up early when I stay the night at my parents’ house ( Yes, 8am is early for me). They make the best coffee and the hot tub always calls my name, especially when it’s foggy out. I wanted to get some prep done before making the frittata and soaking in the tub.
Here is how it’s done:
Heat the oven to 350 degrees and lay foil on a baking sheet. Lay your bacon on the sheet and cook for 12-15 min. Do not over-crisp the bacon or it will crumble apart when you toothpick it.
Slice cherry tomatoes in half and mozzarella balls into thirds and put in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and set aside. Tear 1 inch pieces of basil and set aside.
When the bacon is done, remove from baking sheet and set on paper towels to soak up grease. When the bacon has cooled enough to touch, tear into one inch pieces.
Begin to assemble your bites using two halves of a cherry tomato as the “bread” of the caprese bite. Keep three small leaves of basil as a garnish for your berry salad.
Lay bites on a tray and cover with plastic. Put the bites in the fridge for later.
Pour blueberries and raspberries in a large mixing bowl. Slice strawberries into small pieces, small enough that they are relatively the same size as other berries. Pour slices berries into the bowl and drizzle half the honey over the fruit. Mix berries, and add the other half of the honey. Mix again. Cover berries and refrigerate for later.
Now grab your coffee, robe and towel and have a soak in the hot tub, while your mom sleeps in. Discuss politics and TV shows with your dad and have more coffee.
When mom is about 20 min away from being ready to eat, begin to assemble your frittata. Slice red onions paper thin and set aside. Whisk together eggs, half & half, garlic salt and black pepper. Add spinach and feta and whisk again. Heat a TBSP of olive oil in a large frying pan, making sure the oil covers the whole pan. Pour whisked egg, spinach and feta into pan and heat on medium low.
When the bottom starts to solidify, lay red onion across the top, preferably in a pretty pattern. Cover and continue to cook on the lowest setting for about 10 minutes. Check on it regularly, using a spatula to lift the bottom. Don’t let it get too brown. Turn off heat.
Leave the cover on to keep the frittata warm and assemble your berry salad.
Take two cups of mascarpone cheese and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave, just enough to soften it.
Grab three bowls, and scoop a layer of the mascarpone into each bowl. Add two or three spoonfuls of the berry mix. Then add a generous dollop of mascarpone on top. Garnish with a small basil leaf.
Grab yourself a large cutting board and gently slide the frittata out of the pan and onto the board. Slice the frittata like a pie and serve. Arrange however you like. My table ended up looking like this!
Make sure to do ALL the dishes afterwards, especially if you’re at your parents’ house, and especially if it’s Mother’s Day.
The meal was a hit, even for my picky father who tends to prefer corned beef and hash, smothered in ketchup for breakfast. Today we’re finishing out the day doing small projects around the house and watching movies On Demand. Life is sweet.