mother’s day brunch tips

brunch is the most important meal of the weekend

We all made a big fuss over Kate's and William's royal nuptials. Your mom's kind of a big deal too, so treat her like royalty. For all the meals she's cooked, all the eggy chins she's wiped, why not put a little extra effort into mom's brunch this mother's day? After all, it's the most important meal of the weekend.

tips for a tasty brunch

  • bacon - If you bake your bacon on a grill plate at 400F, much of the fat will drain away and you'll be left with crispy rashers.

  • eggs - a splash of vinegar in your simmering water will help your eggs form into cute little balls of deliciousness.

  • muffins - some people prefer bagels or sourdough. Whatever you choose, their main purpose is to mop up runaway yolk and extra sauce.

hollandaise sauce recipe

Eggs Benedict (benny to his friends) with Hollandaise sauce really captures the regal extravagance of a weekend breakfast. Hollandaise gets an unfair rap as being temperamental and, frankly, not worth the effort. If you're willing to give him a second chance, this quick and dirty version of the classic is as easy as it is delicious.


  • 3 egg yolks (save the whites for a pavlova)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste


1. Combine yolks and lemon juice in a blender.
2. Heat the butter in a pot until it starts to bubble.
3. With the blender on, add the butter slowly (if you add the butter too quickly, you'll cook the egg and you sauce will be lumpy).
4. Taste and add the salt and lemon as needed (I like a lemony sauce).

one more thing

Need more reasons to quickly make eggs benny?

  • It’s easy to prepare in advance. This 'How to Poach an Egg' video offers tips for poaching eggs up to two days in advance.
  • It’s easy to dress up. A little Hollandaise sauce and a sprinkle of herbs creates a real wow factor.
  • It’s easy to justify. Sure, it's a little more indulgent than your usual breakfast but all that protein is great for muscle building (and great motivation to go for another run).

Do you have bigger plans to celebrate your mom? How will you make this year more memorable than last?

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I LOVE Eggs Benedict – but I prefer to go with a low-fat version of Hollandaise. It’s equally delicious – 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup light mayonnaise, some dijon mustard, salt and lemon.

Also, poaching an egg is MUCH easier when you swirl the boiled water around to make a whirlpool, which you drop the egg into.

Beautiful breakfast!

Comment by Tera — May 3, 2011 @ 10:09 am

I can’t help but drool at this. Thanks so much for sharing Michael!

Comment by Jenna — May 3, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

SOLD! Eggs Benny and pavlova for mother’s day it is! (The pics look to good to pass up trying these recipes). Thanks!

Comment by Anil N. Singh — May 4, 2011 @ 5:03 am

The oven tip is the best! It’s the no-fail way to make bacon. And if you don’t like bacon (like me), you don’t have to stand over it and watch it cook – bonus! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Comment by erin m. {{well in l.a.}} — May 4, 2011 @ 9:51 am

Yum! This looks delicious, thanks for the great idea!

I can’t stop myself from pointing out that 2-day old poached eggs (the tips say you can make them that far in advance) doesn’t conjure the same level of deliciousness. The best eggs are freshly cooked to order, after all! :) Do yourself (and mom) a favour, and make it “in the moment”.

Comment by Jen — May 4, 2011 @ 11:45 am

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