Mother’s Day is near. What better way to show your mother, or the mother of your children, how much she means to you than by having a delicious lunch that you have prepared with your own hands, just for her? You can’t go wrong with these four recipes, guaranteed to please even the pickiest palate. Thank your mom this Mother’s Day with one of these simple dishes.
Fancy Orange Salad
This orange salad is sweet and sour. The fresh herbs just add a bit of flavor and really bring this dish together and make it special. Oranges with large navels tend to be the sweetest.
- 1 orange
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
- 3 fresh mint leaves, plus 2 for garnish
- 1 teaspoon. Darling
Peel the oranges and thinly slice them. Cut the grapefruit in half and use a spoon to remove the halves. Remove the thyme leaves from the stems and thinly slice the mint leaves. Toss fruit and spices in a medium sized bowl and sprinkle with honey. Garnish with mint leaves before serving.
Similar to a crustless quiche, this frittata is easy to make and a filling main dish on Mother’s special day.
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 pound ground sausage
- 1/2 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon. fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large oven-safe skillet, melt the butter, then add the sausage and saute until browned. Drain the sausages. Add broccoli and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until cooked through. Mix the cheese, parsley, salt and pepper into the beaten egg and pour the mixture into the skillet over the sausage and broccoli. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is firm. Place the skillet in the oven under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and the eggs appear puffy. Slice and serve immediately.
A sweet breakfast or delicious dessert, baking this fruitcake is a great way to show your mom you care.
- 2 pounds of fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon. vanilla
- Whipped cream
It can be made using cake mix and following box directions, or you can make it from scratch as described below.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp. developer powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 12 tbsp. cold butter, cut into pieces
- 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon. vanilla
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Using a cookie cutter, fork, or food processor, add the butter and chop together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix heavy cream and vanilla. Drop spoonfuls onto the baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Mix sugar, vanilla and strawberries together. Cut the shortbread in half, and place a large spoonful of the strawberries over the bottom half. Add a dollop of whipped cream, and arrange the top of the buns alongside the strawberries. Serve immediately.
Whether you’ve ever made your mom crave booze or not, she’s going to love this breakfast classic.
- 1 part sweet champagne, chilled
- 1 part orange juice, chilled
- Orange slices or maraschino cherries for garnish
Combine juice and Champagne in a tall flute glass. Add a slice of orange to the rim or toss in the maraschino cherries. Serve immediately.
Carla Haiby is a Geek, Arabic and British food blogger who manages Lebanese Food Section at Shahiya.com and Online content manager for Shahiya.com Middle East’s leading arabic recipe website.