Happy (belated) Mother's Day to all the beautiful mothers and mothers-to-be out there! I hope everyone had a great day spoiling their moms. In thinking about how I wanted to spoil mine, I decided the best thing I could do would be to make a scrumptious brunch. I know...food again. But giving the gift of a healthy brunch sounded pretty good. And because of my mom's MS, she doesn't enjoy cooking like she used to and I felt she really deserved to have a great meal where I could do all of the work and wait on her hand and foot.
I was literally up until two in the morning the night before Mother's Day trying to plan an excellent menu. I surfed the web looking for healthy and delicious brunchy things. Not surprisingly, I found lots of delicious looking but sugar-laden options, like chocolate chip waffles, French toast, and crepes. Sounded yummy, but I really wanted to serve something nutritious. I finally decided on a combination of items to both satisfy my need to create something healthy and my desire for comfort and fun. Why not...it's a celebration right? And a compromise is always good. I decided on an egg frittata with onions, mushrooms and brie cheese, gluten-free bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese, all natural peppered bacon, and a fresh fruit salad with strawberries, kiwi, grapes, cantaloupe, and blackberries. I was excited about making my first frittata, which is actually simpler than an omelette. I used the same cast iron skillet that Billy cooked the bacon in to give it some extra flavor. I don't worry about the fat because I know that all fat-even saturated in moderation-is essential to good health. I sautéed the mushrooms and onions until they were soft, and then added sea salt, pepper, and summer savory herbs. I poured the whisked egg mixture in the pan, over the herbed veggies, then added little chunks of brie and let them melt. Meanwhile, I ran a spatula along the rim of the egg mixture, lifting it away from the sides of the pan and allowing the more raw egg to flow under the mixture. That created sort of a crust. I repeated that a few times until the sides didn't stick on their own, then transferred the pan into the oven (preheated at 450 degrees) and let it cook for about six minutes, until the top looked set. Easy peasy.
The table looked pretty and Billy poured a round of mimosas for everyone. I cut the frittata into wedges and served my family. Everyone raved. The eggs were delicious and everything else turned out beautifully. We enjoyed the home cooked meal and toasted my mom and everything she does to take care of us. It was a special moment. My mom's MS is getting worse every day, and soon she will be unable to walk. Spending time together and doing special things is extremely important. I'm always wishing that there was more I could do to help. I know that my knowledge of nutrition could potentially be something that might really help her, but she has to make that leap on her own. Sounds pretty familiar. MS is a disease with symptoms that have been proven to ease with the right diet and supplementation, but it's not easy, and it's not 100%. So why does anyone decide to commit to a healthier diet and a seemingly excessive course of supplements? To me, it makes perfect sense for my mother to do so. But she often chooses comfort over health just like I do. It frustrates me because I know she could do better, but I have compassion and empathy because we share the same struggles, mentally. It just goes to show that everyone has similar issues, not matter what their shape, size or condition. We should certainly consider that before we judge. On Mother's Day and every other day, I will try to remember that.
Published On: May 13, 2011