5 May 2010

Cooking Light Supper Club Cooks up Brunch in Time for Mother's Day


Sweet Potato and Canadian Bacon Hash

We are so glad that you have decided to join us once again for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. This is a monthly event where 5 ladies in two neighbouring countries get together to create a delicious meal with a theme in mind. We all share a love for Cooking Light magazine which has an emphasis on healthy eating and living. The idea is simple and one we love to share with you because of our common interest in cooking and healthy eating. We enjoy sharing these ideas with you each and every month through our Virtual Supper Club. This is a team effort where we combine what Cooking Light readers like best...good food with great company!!!



This months theme is Brunch.

There's something very special about a weekend or holiday  brunch, whether your family has travelled a distance or you see each other every day. Brunch recipes range from fast and fuss-free to the traditional. In our home Brunch usually involves standard breakfast foods such as eggs, pancakes, sausages, bacon, ham, fruits, pastries, and the like. However, it can include almost any other type of food served throughout the day.

With Mother's Day this coming weekend what better way to celebrate the special women in our life than with a recipe from the pages of Cooking Light. Mother's Day is celebrated all over the world to honour our Mothers, although the dates and months of Mother's Day differ from country to country. My own Mother lives thousands of kilometers away so we will not be together. She and dad are planning a trip to the Lake District in England once the airways clear of volcanic dust. Flights are now available but we imagine the airports would be a little crazy for a little while yet. For myself, L'il Burnt Toast is here so we have been celebrating by enjoying the Spring Wine Festival. Yesterday lunch was at Quail's Gate Winery  which is on the list of the top 4 restaurants in the province.

The earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honour of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday. Mother's Day in North America was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their sons. But no matter how it began we need to celebrate all those wonderful women in our lives whether they are our mom, sister, aunt or friend. Let's celebrate!!!!

Two of our members Helene of La cuisine d'Hélène and Aggie of Aggie's Kitchen have become honorary members of the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. For almost a year they planned and cooked up a storm with the group to create some incredible virtual menus. They will be missed but not forgotten. We look forward to having them join in when time allows.

Check out our writeup at the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club as we introduce you to our two new members Patsy of Family, Friends and Food and Sandi of The Whistlestop Cafe. We welcome both ladies and look forward to all the fresh ideas and delicious recipes you have to offer. We are so happy to have you ladies join in!

  For our brunch theme this month Shelby of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch starts us off with something sweet and tasty a mind-blowing dish of Waffles with Two Berry Syrup.  Patsy of Family, Friends and Food , one of our new members,  brought along some tender Triple Fruit Scones. These were tender and delicious smeared with a wee bit of butter. For an added bonus and our protein factor Jamie of Mom's Cooking Club wowed us with a flavourful Mushroom Frittata   . Our new member Sandi of The Whistestop Cafe  captivates us with a taste of the South with a Grits Casserole with Pesto. As my contribution I brought along a delectable Sweet Potato and Canadian Bacon Hash to complement our menu. The combination of sweet potatoes, Yukon Golds and Canadian bacon is truly mesmerizing. Why not celebrate the special women in your life with an added refreshment of Bloody Mary Punch, Raspberry Orange Sunrises or Mixed Berry Bellinis. Mom deserves all our devotion!!!!

If you would like to join in think of a dish that would fit in with the Brunch theme and post it on your blog. Let us know you have joined in by commenting here. Next months theme will be Cooking with Herbs, so get your thinking caps on!!!!

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25 comments:

  1. I actually have to come up with a breakfast casserole for a teacher breakfast tomorrow morning. I LOVE brunches
    xoxo Pattie

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  2. Gosh Val I would love sweet potatoes for breakfast! This looks amazing!

    Missed you girls this month!! Welcome to Patsy and Sandi!! Great job ladies, the menu sounds fantastic.

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  3. Your dish looks amazing! I am not sure I would have thought to make it, but after seeing your photos I'm going to have to try it soon!

    Thanks, for letting me join in with you ladies!

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  4. Val, your hash looks delicious! Thanks for bring a great dish to our virtual table!

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  5. Brunch just might be my favorite meal! That sweet potato hash looks particularly good, it's right up my alley for sure. I actually have two recent blog entries that would fit your brunch theme with an emphasis on healthy cooking!

    Check out my Spinach & Artichoke frittata (http://carascravings.blogspot.com/2010/03/pps-spinach-artichoke-frittata.html) and my Strawberry Coconut Pancakes (http://carascravings.blogspot.com/2010/04/strawberry-coconut-pancakes.html)!

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  6. Your sweet potato hash is a perfect brunch dish. What a lovely Mother's Day post. I'm off to visit everyone now.

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  7. Val, your potato and bacon hash look heavenly. And the egg on top is perfect. What a great dish to make for brunch and to celebrate Mother's Day. Have a wonderful Mother's Day yourself!

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  8. Mouth watering Mother's Day breakfast/brunch! I love sweet potatoes. And your photo is making me very hungry.
    I posted a nice brunch today, but it cannot be considered light and healthy!

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  9. This sounds so great for brunch! Yummy combination of sweet potatoes and Canadian bacon!

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  10. Your contribution to the virtual brunch is amazing. That photo is enough to make anyone hungry. I've bookmarked this and will give it a try soon. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  11. Wonderful! That's perfect for brunch. More sweet potatoes for me!

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  12. Just seeing the small photo of this in my reading list made me all hungry and drooly. Beautiful presentation!

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  13. what a gorgeous photo of a hearty looking breakfast! YUM! brunch is the perfect topic for this month. I appreciate your idea as my husband is a lover of hearty breakfasts, and this is just a great inspiration with simple easonal ingredients!
    YUM - and Thanks! ;)
    Valerie

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  14. This set of brunch dishes sounds absolutely delicious! You guys for sure made your moms proud.

    I love any meal that features sweet potatoes. And bacon. I mean, how can you go wrong there?

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  15. I love it when we can all celebrate no matter what the occasion. You've picked a terrific celebratory mother's day brunch. I especially like the sweet potato in there.

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  16. Val~ this looks like one I am going to have to try. Or... maybe someone can make it for ME for mother's day.
    My grits souffle with pesto was a hit!

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  17. if i had to choose one collection of dishes on which to subsist for the rest of my life, i'd choose brunch food--i love it!

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  18. Looks great, Val. Especially like the idea of the sweet potato hash.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  19. What a great brunch menu! I would be happy to have that hash show up for Mother's Day. It looks delicious!

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  20. This is going into my hash file. I don't know why I haven't thought of adding sweet potatoes to the mix. I've added beets, among other things. Thanks so much for this delicious recipe.

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  21. I love having brunch for Mother's Day. I would love to try this yummy hash!

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  22. I love everything about this dish and I sure hope my family will make this for me on Mother's Day. I will have to show my husband this post....drop a hint or two ;)

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  23. Looks so good!!! Love the bacon especially and the egg too. Just Yum! sorry I haven't been around much. Been having trouble finding the time to update my own blog as well...!

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  24. I always enjoy your posts on the Cooking Light Supper Club. I sure wish someone would make that brunch for me this Sunday. Maybe I'll just leave it on the screen......
    Sam

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  25. Sweet potatoes for breakfast is just too brilliant for words. What a great idea!

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Val

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