Category Archives: Mother’s Day


This Lemon Meringue Cake is Just Like the Pie, Only Better

Step into spring with a sunny citrus dessert! Lemon pie lovers will delight in the light and fluffy lemon cake layers, made even better thanks to the cake’s tangy lemon curd filling.

In case your mouth wasn’t watering already, the entire confection is swirled and smothered with cloud-like meringue frosting. Fresh slices of nearly neon-hued citrus fruit become simple, natural embellishments for this cheerful cake. Each light bite is literally bursting with flavour, making it an extra special treat for a Mother’s Day brunch, an extra special tea or a spring birthday treat.


Lemon Meringue Cake

Bake Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours
Serves: 12 to 16

2 Batches of Lemon Curd (reserve egg whites for meringue)

1½ cups granulated sugar
Zest of two lemons
2½ cups cake flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs

6 large egg whites (reserved from making Lemon Curd)
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Assorted citrus fruit for garnish


Lemon Curd:
1. Prepare a double-batch of Lemon Curd and allow to thicken for at least 4 hours or overnight. Save the egg whites for the meringue.

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the sugar and lemon zest. Rub them together with your fingertips until fragrant. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl with the lemon sugar. Using the paddle attachment, beat the ingredients on low speed until just combined. Add the butter and mix on medium speed until evenly distributed. Add the lemon juice, vanilla and about half of the milk, and mix until the dry ingredients are moistened, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
3. Whisk the eggs into the remaining milk mixture and stir to combine. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the egg mixture in three additions, mixing for about 15 seconds after each addition and stopping the mixer between additions to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
4. Evenly divide the batter among the prepared pans. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before removing from the pans. Allow the cakes to cool completely before assembling.
Notes: To keep the cake batter from getting too lumpy, add the liquid ingredients slowly and take care to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl often. Do not be tempted to over-mix if a few lumps remain in the batter before baking.


1. Put the reserved egg whites and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Briefly whisk them together by hand until just combined. In a medium saucepan, bring an inch or two of water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place the mixer bowl on top of the saucepan to create a double boiler (be sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water). Heat the mixture, whisking occasionally, until it registers 160°F on a candy thermometer.
2. Carefully place the bowl back on the stand mixer and fit the mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat the egg white mixture on high speed until glossy, medium-stiff peaks form, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Use immediately.

1. Place one layer of cake on a cake board or serving dish. Fill a piping bag fitted with a medium round piping tip with a portion of the meringue. Pipe a ring of meringue around the top edge of the cake. Fill the centre of the meringue “dam” with half of the lemon curd. Place the second layer of cake on top and repeat. Place the final layer cake, bottom-side-up, on the top. Fill in any gaps between the layers of cake with the meringue right away to keep the curd from escaping.
2. Frost the cake with the remaining meringue. Use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to give it a rustic, swirly finish.
3. Cut away the skin/pith of the citrus fruit and slice into rounds (about ¼-inch thick). Place the fruit slices on top the cake and serve. Cake may be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Looking for more spring sweets inspiration? Try these 50 Stunning Mother’s Day Desserts.

Marvellous Mother’s Day Menu

If ever there was a day to treat the most important woman in your life, it’s Mother’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to celebrate with Mom, treat her to an indulgent meal she’ll remember all year long. Say ‘thank you’ for all her love and hard work with a heavenly menu that starts with bubbly cocktails, and ends with ooey-gooey chocolate lava cakes. After all, she deserves it.

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktails

If ever there was a person deserving of a champagne toast, it’s Mom. Pop the bubbly and start the meal with a batch of these light and refreshing cocktails.

Blini with Smoked Salmon

Blini with Smoked Salmon

Similar to crêpes, these light and thin little pancakes make the perfect base for a one-bite appetizer. They take a few extra minutes to make from scratch, but one bite of the smoked salmon and crème fraiche, and Mom will appreciate your extra effort.

Strawberry Arugula Salad

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Mom will adore this sweet, light salad that’s quick to prepare and packs tons of perfectly balanced flavour. Fresh, luscious strawberries give sweet contrast to the crunchy walnuts, sharp goat cheese and bitter arugula. Top with a simple olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette to really bring out the strawberries’ flavour. 

Mothership Sunday Roast Lamb

Mothership Sunday Roast Lamb

Jamie Oliver’s lamb is unlike any other. The bone-in shoulder is smothered with a fragrant marinade of fresh garlic, rosemary and olive oil, then surrounded by onions and cooked low and slow. The result is tender, sweet lamb that falls off the bone that’s served with fresh spring potatoes and delectable gravy.

Butter Tart Cheesecake

The Best Butter Tart Cheesecake

If you’re looking to score major points with Mom, the ultimate butter tart cheesecake will surely spoil her. The sweet and salty dessert is covered in maple caramel sauce, and sprinkled with lots of toasted pecans. Feel free to add raisins if your Mom likes her butter tarts nut-free.

Luscious Lava Cake

Luscious Lava Cakes

It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without chocolate, and these decadent cakes pack a double dose of chocolatey goodness. The molten chocolate insides are made of truffles, and the entire dessert is served with a luscious blueberry compote. Be sure to make extra so Mom has one or two to take home and enjoy later.

Looking for more delicious ways to honour Mom? Try our 50 Best Brunch Recipes for Mother’s Day.

Heartwarming Mother’s Day Memories from our Stars

Our star chefs weren’t born ready to share delicious food with the world — they were raised that way, largely thanks to their loving mothers. Here, they share their favourite Mother’s Day memories.

Find out whose mom raised eight children, whose mom decorated cakes with ballerinas, and whose mom’s cooking was a cautionary example.

Noah Cappe's mom enjoying a birthday cake; Noah as a kid. Instagram, @noahcappe.

Noah Cappe’s mom enjoying a birthday cake; Noah as a kid. Instagram, @noahcappe.
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“My mom raised EIGHT kids,” says Carnival Eats host Noah Cappe. “She dedicated a huge part of her life to making all of ours better, so Mother’s Day is super special for lots of reasons.” Now that Noah and his siblings are grown up, the dinner table is crowded — these days, it sits close to twenty people including all the spouses and grandchildren, says Noah. “But the moments during those nights, when there are five different conversations at once, and dishes are being passed around in fluid rotation from years of practice, and we couldn’t hear the doorbell if it rang, from the noise in the room — that’s when she’s the happiest, and those are my favourite memories of Mother’s Day.”

Josh Elkin, then and now. Childhood picture courtesy Instagram, @thejoshelkin.

Josh Elkin, then and now. Childhood picture courtesy Instagram, @thejoshelkin.
Instagram, @thejoshelkin

Cooks vs. Cons judge and Sugar Showdown host Josh Elkin never forgets to give his mom flowers and a sweet card for Mother’s Day, although he always forgets what he wrote on the card. “I give my mom the card, thinking that I wrote the most unique message, and she responds saying, ‘I love it Josh, you’re so sweet,’” he explains. “Little do I realize, year after year, I write the same thing on the card.” This year Josh plans to step it up with — what else? — a sugary treat. “I’ll be baking my mom some sweets, maybe even write some niceties on a cake using some icing. That way, it’ll for sure be unique.”

Susur Lee with his mom. Instagram, @susurlee.

Susur Lee with his mom. Instagram, @susurlee.
Instagram, @susurlee

Susur Lee credits his parents for working hard to provide for his family. “I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am without my mother and father,” says the Chopped Canada judge. “I know it sounds predictable, but because she was always working, she didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I was either eating her terrible food or going out for dim sum with my dad.” But all that time suffering through bad meals or eating delicious restaurant dinners inadvertently shaped the budding chef. “Together, without really knowing it, they shaped the way I would eat and interact with food for the rest of my life.”

Anna Olson then and now. Childhood photo courtesy Instagram, @chefannaolson.

Anna Olson then and now. Childhood photo courtesy Instagram, @chefannaolson.
Instagram, @chefannaolson

“My mom and I have a special bond around Mother’s Day,” says Bake with Anna Olson star Anna Olson. It’s not just that she loves her mom, but Anna’s birthday is around the same time as Mother’s Day, too. “We’ve always made a super girly thing of it,” she says. Anna and her mom exchange gifts like scarves and perfumes, and doll up each other’s desserts. “When I think of Mother’s Day, I think of birthday cake. As a kid, my Mom used to always top my cake or cupcakes with these plastic ballerinas that I thought were the most glamorous thing ever. Thanks, Mom!”

Need a cupcake to decorate, with ballerinas or anything else? Try Anna Olson’s Lemon Coconut Cupcakes.

Michael Smith, his wife Chazz, his kids Gabe, Camille and Ariella and a prime PEI lobster. Photos courtesy Instagram, @chefmichaelsmith, @thechazzsmith.

Michael Smith, his wife Chazz, his kids Gabe, Camille and Ariella and a prime PEI lobster. Photos courtesy Instagram, @chefmichaelsmith, @thechazzsmith.

Chopped Canada judge Michael Smith is a proud Prince Edward Islander, so it should come as no surprise that his Mother’s Day memories feature the island province’s famous lobsters. “On Prince Edward Island, Mother’s Day is traditionally celebrated with a giant feed of lobsters,” he says. “Our fishing season starts at the beginning of May, so lots of moms get their first taste of our famous lobsters on their special day. Even though they should have the day off, I suspect many moms willingly stay in the kitchen just to keep an eye on things!”


Eden Grinshpan’s Mother’s Day Menu

Want to honour your mom like a star chef would? Let Chopped Canada judge and Le Cordon Bleu-graduate Eden Grinshpan be your sous-chef with these delicious ideas for celebrating the lady who raised you.

Love is in the details.

Eden Grinshpan (second from left) with her mom, Riva Grinshpan, sisters Arielle and Renny Grinshpan, and father Menashe Grinshpan.

Eden Grinshpan (second from left) with her mom, Riva Grinshpan, sisters Arielle and Renny Grinshpan, and father Menashe Grinshpan.

“I love making my mother dishes that make her feel great and resemble something we have experienced together or that she just loves and craves the most,” says Eden. Whether you choose to emulate a dish you’ve enjoyed together, feature an ingredient that sparks a happy memory, or just want to cook her very favourite dish, thoughtfulness is the best seasoning for any Mother’s Day recipe.


Anna Olson's Israeli Couscous with Olives, Arugula and Feta

Israeli salad with tahini is a dish that always reminds Eden of good times with her mom. “My mother and I can eat this dish everyday and when we are in Israel together we always eat it,” she says. “It’s one of our favourites. Every time I eat it, I always think of us at cafés in Tel-Aviv.”

Start your Mother’s Day meal with something similar: Arugula and Feta (pictured), Ruth Daniels’ Israeli Salad or Anna Olson’s Israeli Couscous with Olives.


Eden Grinshpan's Ratatouille

“Ratatouille is one of my mother’s favourite ways to enjoy vegetables,” says Eden. “The way the tomato breaks down and turns into a sweet sauce around the perfectly cooked vegetables is such a treat. I love to incorporate some other unique elements like harissa and smoked paprika. The ratatouille goes really well as a side for the grilled fish.”

Get Eden Grinshpan’s Ratatouille recipe (pictured).


Whole Baked Fish with Lemon and Herbs

“Whenever I am in Toronto visiting we always go to Joso’s which is my parents’ favourite restaurant,” says Eden. “The fish is so fresh and simply prepared. When I make my mom fish, I do the same, by either roasting it whole or grilling the fillets and dressing it with olive oil and fresh lemon. She could eat fish everyday.”

Take a page from her favourite restaurant menu and make a similar Mother’s Day main: Whole Baked Fish with Lemon and Herbs (pictured) or Bobby Flay’s Grilled Tilapia with Lemon Butter, Capers and Orzo.


Anna Olson's Key Lime Meringue Pie

“I try to keep to keep my Mother’s Day dishes balanced and light, but also with a little decadence. It’s Mother’s Day, after all,” says Eden.

Eden’s mom is “obsessed” with lime, and can never turn down a slice of key lime pie. “It’s the perfect way to treat her on Mother’s day.”

Enjoy a similar Mother’s Day dessert: The Pioneer Woman’s Key Lime PieAnna Olson’s Key Lime Pie or Anna Olson’s Key Lime Meringue Pie (pictured).


Anna Olson’s Mother’s Day Treats

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and one of the best ways to show Mom how much you appreciate her is gifting her with some homemade treats. To help inspire you, we’ve put together Anna Olson’s yummiest and most adorable sweets that Mom will be sure to love.


Berry Blast Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Vanilla Sandwich Cookies

Mini Cannolis

French Macarons

Cheesecake Pops

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Chocolate-Dipped Lady Fingers

Fudge Brownies

Baby Cherry Pies

Individual Ganache Tarts

Pecan Butter Tarts

Lemon Meringue Squares

How to Make a Breakfast Fondue for Mother’s Day

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a fun breakfast fondue . Make a delicious spread of all of Mom’s favourite treats complete with fruit skewers and melted chocolate.


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6

8 oz (250 g) semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup (250 mL) 35% whipping cream
Fresh cut fruit or fruit kabobs
Mini cinnamon buns
Mini croissants
Mini muffins
French toast sticks
Granola bars

1. Heat cream in small saucepan set over medium heat just until it starts to simmer. Pour over chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Then whisk until smooth.
2. Keep warm and serve with your favourite breakfast dippers.

amanda riva Amanda Riva is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients. 

Amanda Riva is part of the Lifestyle Blog Network family.


Top 12 Chocolate Desserts for Mother’s Day


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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning for the special occasion. Breakfast in bed is usually the go-to when it comes to spoiling your mom, but we thought what better way to show your mom how sweet you really are, than with chocolate! Whether it’s a big slice of chocolate cake, chocolate pancakes, or a brownie, she will be drooling for more!

Check out these rich and decadent chocolate recipes, perfect for breakfast or dessert!



Top 3 Dishes Inspired by Classic TV Moms

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about all of the different ways to celebrate the most important women in our lives. From delectable desserts to luxurious brunch, we want you and your mom to have the yummiest Mother’s Day ever. We’ve been inspired by famous movie moms in the past when it comes to crafting the perfect menu, but this time, we’re drawing inspiration from the moms who check in once a week to tug at our heartstrings and provide some extra laughter and wisdom: TV moms.

Treat your mom to a menu based on her favourite show and the characters in it!

Gilmore Girls 



Perhaps the closest mother-daughter duo to ever be seen on television, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore were inseparable. Their favourite hangout was, of course, Luke’s diner, and we know that there’s nothing better than sitting down to some hearty comfort food and a heart-to-heart with your mama.

Savoury Cheddar Biscuits Recipe

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

The Cosby Show



The epitome of a wise, warm and intelligent TV mom, Clair Huxtable was unforgettable and revolutionary, as one of TV’s first working mothers. Her striking, elegant and confident nature is still inspiring, and therefore, only the most well-rounded meals would be fit for this queen.

Poached Orange Salmon with Cilantro Butter, Rice and Carrot Slaw

Country Apricot Chicken with Rice and Broccoli 

Dry Garlic Sausage with Pasta and Spinach Salad

Married…With Children



Okay, maybe Peggy Bundy wasn’t the best mother in practice, but her intentions were good! She chose to spend her days on the couch, watching daytime TV and snacking on candies and chocolates, so what better way to celebrate this hilarious and iconic housewife than with some sweets!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Recipe

Anna Olson’s Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Fudge Brownies Recipe



Family Fun: Mother’s Day Ginger Fruit Salad

This year for Mother’s Day you can make something healthy and delicious that will create very little mess (bonus!).  You can ask the kids to help by picking out the melons and even the little ones can help toss the fruit salad.  The ginger dressing will add a spicy sweet flavour to liven up breakfast or brunch.


Recipe: Ginger Fruit Salad
Serves 4-6

½ cantaloupe, cubed
½ honeydew melon
3-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced into 4-5 pieces
½ cup white sugar
10-12 fresh raspberries (for garnish)


To make enough for about four people you’ll need a half of a cantaloupe melon and half a honeydew.  Cut the melon into bite-size cubes.  Start by scooping out the seeds with a spoon.

Now cut eat half into slices (like you would for a watermelon), and cut off the rind.


Cut the slice of rindless melon into cubes.  Try to make them as even as possible but don’t stress too much. Put all the cubes into a serving bowl and set aside. Now you’ll need some fresh ginger.  Slice off about 4 large slices.  You can keep the skin on.


In a small pot, pour ½ cup sugar and ½ cup of water.


Now put this on the stove, add the ginger and bring to a simmer.  The sugar will dissolve into the water.  Once the liquid is simmering and clear, set aside and let cool.  The ginger will flavour the simple syrup (that’s what you just made with the sugar and water).


Drizzle about 3 tablespoons onto the fruit and mix.  Taste and see if you need to add a little more.  When it tastes just right, add a few raspberries for garnish.  This makes a great snack to munch on while the family lets you stay in bed watching Downtown Abby (as they should).



Recipe: Ginger Fruit Salad
Serves 4-6

½ cantaloupe, cubed
½ honeydew melon
3-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced into 4-5 pieces
½ cup white sugar
10-12 fresh raspberries (for garnish)


  1. Combine the cubed melon in a medium bowl; cover and store in the fridge.
  2. In a small pot add ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar and the ginger slices.
  3. Bring to a simmer and when the sugar dissolves, completely remove from heat. Let sit and allow to cool while the ginger infuses the syrup.
  4. Remove the ginger pieces from the syrup. When ready to serve, add about 3 tablespoons ginger syrup to the melon and toss. Taste and add more syrup if desired.
  5. Extra syrup can be stored in the fridge and used to sweeten iced tea or lemonade.


Sue_RiedlSue Riedl is a Toronto-based food writer with a passion for cheese who writes a column called The Spread for The Globe and Mail. She loves to push stinky cheese on her 4-year-old.







Staff Picks for Mother’s Day

It’s no surprise that the Food Network Canada team is made up of people who are passionate about their food! Not a day goes by without one (or all!) of us snapping photos of our plates, swapping restaurant recommendations, and trading kitchen tricks. Seeing as most of us attribute our love for food to the matriarchs of our families, we thought Mother’s Day would be the perfect time to open our culinary conversations up to our viewers and readers. Here are the nostalgic dishes our staff will be serving up this Mother’s Day…

Steamed Pork & Vegetable Buns   

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“When I was a kid, my mother would prepare Steamed BBQ Pork Buns for our family and everyone would get involved and help out. We would all be in the kitchen helping to assemble the buns and the memory of the time we all spent together is something that I hold very dear to my heart. Every Mother’s Day, I reminisce about the moments I’ve spent in the kitchen with my mother and eating any type of steamed bun really hits home.”  Terry Wong – Producer,

Crab & Lobster Omelette


“My family has a Mother’s Day tradition of going to the King Eddy hotel in Toronto for brunch. My mom loves seafood and they’ve got quite a spread! Stuffed with my mom’s favourite – delicious crab! – this recipe is the perfect way to recreate that tradition at home.” Cathy Kurzbock – Senior Publicist

Piggies in a Blanket


“The only thing my mom loves more than her children is hot dogs! When I graduated from culinary school, I offered to make my mom anything in my gastronomic repertoire; but there was only one thing she wanted…This recipe is my party-friendly ode to Mama Gryfe!” Joanna Gryfe – Managing Editor,

Raspberry Jubilee Smoothie


“As a new mother, I don’t have experience with being served Mother’s Day brunch by my boys. But at the moment, my 14 month old boys LOVE smoothies.  It’s a breakfast favourite for me, and something that my boys just go wild for; so this Mother’s Day brunch/breakfast will likely consist of a shared smoothie.” Darrell Jose – Director of Strategic Scheduling

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Benedict


“Eggs Benny is probably my favourite meal on the planet. In fact, the day after my son was born, my husband treated me to this one with smoked salmon (what I most wished for but avoided during pregnancy). Since then, it’s become a bit of a running joke for my Mother’s Day breakfast each year.” Melissa Jenkins-Gray – Manager,

Lemon Meringue Squares


“Lemon squares (with real lemon curd, sweet & tart) was always my grandmother’s and mother’s favourite dessert, and I now realize is one of my favourites too – must be in the genes!  They’d both say the same thing when they tasted one: “Deee-lightful!” Leslie Merklinger – Director of Original Production



“I grew up eating traditional Middle Eastern food, but didn’t gain an appreciation for it until after I moved away from home. These days when I go back to my mom’s house, we spend our time together in the kitchen, where she teaches me to make the dishes I was raised on, like this refreshing tabbouleh salad.”  Souzan Michael – Junior Editor,


12 Recipes for Mini Chefs

Kids love to play with their food! Let
them loose in your kitchen with these kid-friendly recipes from the Food
Network Canada kitchen.

You’ll love tasting their culinary creations!

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Homestyle Pancakes with Fresh Berries
French Toast Cups
Fruit Sticks with Chocolate Dipping Sauce


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Cheesy Quesadillas
Pita Pizza Rounds
Baked Salsa Ham Roll-Ups

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Strawberry Shortcake Parfait
Anna Olson’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
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Chocolate Banana Milkshake
Green Iced Tea
Summer Sunshine Smoothies

Afternoon Tea with Mom

We’ve brewed up a delicious collection of afternoon tea recipes for a high-brow down-home menu for Mom on her special day.

Savoury and sweet, infused in desserts and chilled to perfection, here are our favourite tea recipes from the Food Network Canada kitchen:

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Brioche Tea Sandwiches

Apple & Cheddar Tea Sandwiches

Ham & Scallion Scones with Lemon Chevre

Savoury Spiral Scones

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Earl Grey Tea Loaf

Green Tea Ginger Cakes

Jasmine Tea Pudding

Ginger Tea with Lemon Poached Pears


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Lemon Lavender Iced Tea

Homemade Peach Iced Tea

Green Iced Tea

Strawberry Iced Tea Latte

Michael Smith’s Brunch Recipes

Need a little inspiration for a bountiful Mother’s Day brunch? We poked through the pantry of superstar dad, Michael Smith for some delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch or anytime in between!


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Broccoli Frittata
Smoked Salmon Frittata
Brunch Bake
Fortune French Toast


Potato Salmon Cakes
Bacon Cheddar Polenta
Watermelon & Basil Salad
Prosciutto Salad Bundles


Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake
Sunshine Smoothies
Caramel Creme Brulee
Raspberry Lemon Parfaits

How Will You Celebrate Mother’s Day this Year?

How Will You Celebrate Mother's Day this Year?


When it comes to relations of the heart, we often turn to Jen Kirsch who blogs on the subject over on our sister site, However, this week, Jen surprised us by sharing a personal story about how she and her family honour Mother’s Day each year. Watch her video below to learn more.



Anita Kirsch’s Pecan Meringue Pie


*Make day before you’re ready to serve


16 Ritz crackers (crumbled by hand)
2/3 cup chopped pecans
Mix together
3 egg whites: beat til stiff
1 cup of white sugar & 1/2 tsp baking powder (sift with each other)
Add mixture 1 tbsp at a time to egg whites continuing to beat
add 1 tsp vanilla
fold in nut & cracker mixture
place in greased 10 ” pie plate
bake at 325 for 1 hour
cool and add whipped cream (make by using 1/2 pint to 1 pint of 35% cream, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 cup icing sugar, beat until whipped cream consistency forms)



Mix crumbled crackers and pecans together.

Beat egg whites until stiff.

Sift sugar and baking powder. Add one tablespoon at a time to the egg whits and continue to beat. To this mixture, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Now, fold in the nut and cracker mixture and pour into a greased 10″ pie plate.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Cool pie and add whipped cream (make by using 1/2 pint to 1 pint of 35% cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 cup icing sugar; beat until whipped cream consistency forms).


Enjoy our tips, advice and recipes for throwing a fabulous mother’s day at home:


How to Host a Kid-Friendly Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to bond with children and other young ones in the family. This year, plan a day of activities that allows kids to flex their creative muscles in the kitchen and teaches them the importance of showing appreciation.

Safety note: an adult should always occupy children in the kitchen and handle any tasks that involve the stove, oven or cutting.

First, usher mom into the family room or den, hand her the day’s newspaper or a magazine, and turn on some of her favourite music. It’s time she can use to relax while the meal is being prepared. The kids should also take the time to set the table, learning another great life skill in the process.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, after everyone’s hands have been washed, it’s time to make the food!

Fruit Salad and Parfaits
Fruit salad is a yummy way to start off the meal, while parfaits are simply fruit layered with yogurt and sometimes granola. Both are super easy for the kids to make themselves. Try a Fieldberry Granola Parfait or a Granola Yogurt and Berry Parfait.

Sweet or Savoury Crackers
It doesn’t get easier than cheese and crackers, but you can make them special for the day. Begin by spreading cream cheese on to crackers and arrange on a platter. Provide the kids with a selection of ingredients to top them with such as halved cherry tomatoes and bacon bits. For a sweet option, spread the crackers with peanut butter and top with banana slices, raisins, or slices of Royal Gala apples. Serve mom her crackers with a glass of juice, or an adult can bring out a cup of tea or coffee.

The kids will have a field day ripping up the greens with their hands and tossing into the bowl. While this goes on, an adult can mix up the vinaigrette. A few simple salads to try: Spinach Salad with Bacon, Cashews and Apples and Citrus Salad with Walnuts. Salad rolls using rice paper wrappers are also a great choice and most of the vegetables you need for the filling are probably already in your fridge’s crisper drawer.

My kids love to make cornbread for special occasions (and they love eating it, too!). This will require preparing the night before, but it’s worth it. Michael Smith has two great recipes to try, a more traditional cornbread and one that includes cheddar cheese, and a little chili powder for kick.

French Toast Casserole
Instead of serving French toast the traditional way, why not turn it into a casserole where the little ones can lend a hand? In a bowl, mix together the traditional French toast ingredients of eggs, sugar, milk, a little vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon. Next, take slices of bread and butter on both sides. In a greased casserole dish, layer in the slices of bread and pour the egg mixture over top. An adult can place in the oven to cook for 40 minutes or until the top is a light, golden brown. Serve up the casserole with whipped cream and/or maple syrup.

Bacon and Egg Cups
Instead of frying up traditional breakfast fare, you can get the little ones to help you make these fun bacon and egg cups. First, an adult should preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Next, spray a muffin tin with a little cooking oil. Let the kids flatten slices of bread with a rolling pin and then press one slice into each of the muffin tins. Into each, place a strip of bacon or crumbled sausage, and then crack one egg. Into the oven it goes for 35 minutes until the eggs are firm. Once they are cooled, pop out of the tin and serve with salad.

A few fun ways to celebrate the day include piling onto the couch to watch a favourite family movie while you munch on flavoured popcorn, or playing a rousing game of charades. Or, you might try breaking out the craft supplies and spending the afternoon making funny family portraits (don’t forget the googly eyes!), and homemade cards for mom.

Laura Calder’s Bistro-Inspired Lunch

Bring the bistro home with this French Food at Home-inspired recipe collection. Say bonjour to a delicious meal!


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Chèvre and Walnut Tartlets

Laura Calder’s Chickpea Soup

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Quiche Lorraine

Lettuce-wrapped Halibut with Dill Cream Sauce, Radishes, and Peas

Savoury Swiss Chard Tart

Salmon with Warm Tomato Basil

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Tomato Tart

Laura Calder’s Salade Nicoise

Asparagus with Orange Sauce

Petit Pois a la Francaise


Laura Calder’s Tarte Tatin

Orange Almond Cake

Blackberry Millefeuille

Lavender Sables


How to Host a Mother’s Day Brunch

Do you dream of hosting one of those gorgeously-styled brunches you see on shows like Barefoot Contessa and French Food at Home? This type of event is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and the perfect opportunity to gather all the women in the family to share laughs and memories. Below are some recipes, tips and advice for throwing a beautiful brunch like you see on TV without breaking the bank.

The Décor
This particular brunch is based on oranges and pinks, bright colours that evoke happiness and the spring season. Here are some easy ways to bring this colour scheme into the décor of your table:
Lay a white table runner down and set with white plates and silver cutlery. Fill a large bowl with oranges and tuck a few sprigs of rosemary in between and place in the centre of the table.

On either side of the bowl, place a row of transparent drinking glasses and fill with water; top each with a short-stemmed blooming pink peonie. Toss a few more sprigs of rosemary around the glasses.
Next, photocopy pictures of mom and other women in the family in black and white and then glue on to white dollar store cardboard; place at each setting. Each guest can leave with a flower and a photo as a memento of the day.

You want to keep your centrepiece low to the table so as not to obscure the view of guests. Using fruit, herbs, and everyday items like drinking glasses will keep down the costs and allows you to splurge on more expensive flowers like the peonies (of which you only need a few of, anyway).

The Drinks
Hand each guest a flute of well-chilled prosecco when they walk in the door to sip on while you attend to last-minute finishing touches. Prosecco, a sparkling Italian white wine, is considerably cheaper than champagne, but still provides a sense of occasion—and the bubbles. Alternatives to this include Cava, a sparkling Spanish wine, or sparkling grape juice for those who don’t drink alcohol.

Throughout the meal, have pitchers of “spa water” on hand—flat water flavoured with citrus fruit and vegetables like cucumber. Try orange and tangerine slices to keep with the colour theme.
For a signature drink, make white sangria in a large punch bowl instead of a pitcher. Christine Cushing’s recipe calls for Vinho Verde, a young Portuguese wine, but you can also substitute with your favourite Sauvignon Blanc.

The Menu
Many people opt for a buffet-style brunch for ease, but you can also host a sit-down event without stress. The secret lies in the coordination of your dish options—create a menu of items that include those that can be served at room temperature and those that can be made ahead and simply reheated right before serving.
Start the meal with halved grapefruits that you broil for a few minutes and then top with a sprinkling of brown sugar (a traditional breakfast fruit made extra special and sweet). Next, try serving one of each from the suggestions below:

Most Egg-cellent Breakfast Strata
Parmesan Zucchini Pancakes
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna with Four Cheeses
Laura Calder’s Quiche

Frisee Salad with Crispy Pancetta, Pistachios and Cranberry Vinaigrette
Salad Nicoise
Fennel Apple Salad
Watercress Salad

Round out your meal with homemade or fresh-from-the-bakery biscuits served with an assortment of quality preserves and jams, and lots of good, strong coffee.