Mothers Day brunch recipe ideas

croque madame with spinach and salmon

It’s Mothers Day on Sunday so I thought I’d put together a few recipe and menu ideas for a brunch. I love the idea of a brunch because it kills two birds with one stone and gets the whole affair over a little earlier. It’s the perfect occasion to prepare a few family-style dishes and serve them casually. Things can be more indulgent and easy with mimosas and bubbly being poured before midday. Here are a few ideas.

Mothers Day Brunch menu:

What you need to create a good brunch menu:

A good brunch needs something fruity, light or salady to start. Some sort of egg main dish and then at least one sweet thing. I love to add good bread and a baked item to the mix too such as cake. Cheese and charcuterie do not go amiss either. Aside from any of the warm dish, most can be made in advance and served buffet style.

To start:

Bacon & egg salad with blue cheese

Melon, mozzarella & parma ham salad with a honey & mustard vinaigrette

Pineapple carpaccio with a ginger, mint, lime and chilli dressing

Bacon & egg salad with blue cheese recipe

Melon, mozzarella & parma ham salad with a honey & mustard vinaigrette

Egg centric main dishes:

Menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs with tomatoes & peppers) is my favourite scrambled egg recipe of all time and perfect to feed a crowd. I even made a video to show you how.

Smoked salmon omelette with chive crème fraiche.  This is my favourite fancy pants omelette recipe that will definitely impress.

Shakshuka. Is a classic and comforting brunch recipe that is to make in advance and then add the eggs on the day. This recipe has been adapted from Ottolenghi.

Croque madame with spinach & smoked salmon. A twist on this bistro classic.

Eggs poached in red wine sauce. This recipe for Ouefs en Meurette involves a little effort but it takes poached eggs to the highest level.

The most delicious cheese & onion quiche. This is my favourite quiche and is deliciously old-school. It’s also a fab item to make in advance if you don’t feel like cooking something on the day. 

Huevos rancheros with chipotle. My favourite breakfast with Mexican flavours and easy to DIY.

Eggs benedict on roasted brown mushrooms. Eggs benny is always a winner and this is a low carb rendition.

Egg & bacon in bread baskets

French toast with miso & Parmesan

To see all my favourite breakfast recipes, click here.

To see all my favourite egg recipes click here. 

Omelette with smoked salmon and chive crème fraiche recipe

Shakshuka with mushrooms and spinach
eggs benedict on roasted brown mushrooms spinach and prosciutto

Something cheesy:

Roast fig tartines with blue cheese, prosciutto & honey

Zesty spinach & feta pies

Roast fig tartines with blue cheese & honey recipe

A sweet ending:

Dutch baby pancake with blueberry & lemon. This is a delectable and crowd-pleasing sweet breakfast treat and perfect to feed a few people.

Dutch baby pancake with caramelised pink lady apples & cinnamon

Blueberry pancakes with ricotta and orange

Guavas poached in chamomile syrup with vanilla & cinnamon

Mango, passionfruit & yoghurt brulee

Dutch baby pancake with caramelised Pink Lady® apples & cinnamon recipe

mango and passionfruit yoghurt brûlée

Baked things:

Orange and pecan muffins. This is my favourite muffin recipe of all time. It’s also the easiest.

Possibly the best banana bread ever

Pear & halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple. This is probably my favourite sweet quick bread loaf recipe of all time. 

Cheesy brioche rolls

Easy Cape seed loaf

Apple cake with maple & cream cheese frosting

Olive oil chiffon cake. This is the perfect not-too-sweet cake to serve at a brunch. It’s delicious with ricotta cheese, fresh fruit & honey.

Butternut scones with cheese & herbs

Lemon & poppyseed madeleines with a lemon glaze

Poached quince tarte tatin

Easy cheese & onion bread with herbs

Pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple - adapted from Donna Hay

poached quince tart tartin


For any special brunch occasion, bubbly is mandatory. Otherwise, roll with a few of these cocktails. Simply take out the booze to make them mocktails. Fresh fruit juices or juice blends are another great idea and serve them in a jug.

Pomegranate lemonade

Green juice with apple, cucumber, mint & ginger

Melon cocktail with strawberry & basil

Mixed berry margarita with jalapeno

Berry smoothie with banana & almond butter

pomegranate lemonade

green juice with cucumber, celery, mint & ginger



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  1. Veronica Clark says:

    Goodness that was a feast of reading!…not to mention titillating all the taste buds and senses with every recipe. Just amazing Sam. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for the kind words Veronica, that’s so nice of you to say 🙂

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