The DeLish Bite

Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

Well, mother’s day is fast approaching and our family has a double whammy to celebrate this weekend as It is also my mum and dad’s wedding anniversary on the 10th. To celebrate these two big occasions, we have decided to have brunch at my sister’s place. Brunch is definitely one of our favourite pastimes. With an ongoing controversy regarding TO’s best brunch spots, and hot new café’s popping up nearly every week, we certainly have no lack to choose from when we are yearning for fluffy buttermilk pancakes, decadent croissants or delicious eggs benny. However, instead of taking mom to a cafe or restaurant to celebrate her big day, why not re-create a modern and elegant brunch in the comfort of your own home? You don't have to be a gourmet cook to create a simple menu. And, the time of year is perfect as your farmers markets are brimming with spring’s best produce. Not only is brunch a fun and stress-free way to host a get-together for Mother's Day, you will be relaxing in front of the TV by 3 pm instead of slaving in the kitchen until 8! My favourite brunch recipes: Lemon and blueberry scones The ultimate banana bread Best whole grain pancakes Oven roast tomato, baby spinach and goat cheese quiche Still itching to take mom out rather than cook at home? Try these local favourite brunch joints: Aunties and Uncle: 74 Lippincott Street. A hip joint in the west that is always buzzing with trendsters. The fluffiest pancakes ever. Swan Restaurant: 892 Queen Street West. Located a few doors down from Trinity Bellwoods Park, this is an old fave of mine. Amazing Huevos Ranchos. Easy Breakfast: 1645 Queen Street West. This Parkdale and Roncy hot spot allows spelt and lactose free substitutions. Saving Grace: 907 Dundas Street West. Hugely popular brunch hangout between Queen West and Little Italy. Bonjour Brioche: 812 Queen Street East. This east end favourite serves French style food. Some of the best croissants and THE best baguettes in the city. Edward Levesque Kitchen: 1290 Queen Street East. Inventive omelettes, frittatas and other amazingly delish brunch items. LOVE the banana pancakes with Ontario maple syrup and seasonal fruit.