Mother’s Day Happy Healthy Brunch (Guest Post)

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Mother's Day Healthy Breakfast

Mother's Day Happy Healthy Brunch

I’m very excited to share this beautiful, healthy brunch for Mother’s Day which falls on 9th May, 2010 in many countries. This is a guest post by Biren of Roti n Rice. It’s such a privilege and an honour to have her as a guest blogger. I didn’t tell Biren what dish to write for my blog but she spotted me right in my heart…a colourful, healthy and delicious dish……just what I love!! I was surprised but really happy. This is really perfect for me for brunch, in fact any time. I always have a glass of freshly made carrot-apple juice in the morning. This plate would fit me very well at about 10.30 a.m. I will be totally satisfied and happy.

Biren is an amazing food blogger, very friendly and easy to relate too. I’m really thankful to meet such a wonderful friend, all because of blogging. When I asked Biren to write a guest post for my blog, she accepted very happily though not without anxiety as she has only been blogging for about 4 months and didn’t know what guest blogging is. Despite her short journey in blogging, she has an amazing blog with lots of awesome food. She cooks well and bakes well.

I was really eager to know where Biren learned all her cooking and baking so I asked her. Here’s what she said,

‘Some of my happiest childhood memories revolved around festivities and food. We had huge family gatherings and the women often got together to cook with Grandma at the helm. It was during these events that I learnt how to make curry puffs, jam tarts, and wrap glutinous rice dumplings. I have always enjoyed learning the more complex and time consuming dishes. I got a lot of practice as mom would cook the filling and I would make the pastry and do all the wrappings. After having my own family, I started baking and cooking more culturally diverse dishes. I especially like baking breads and cooking Japanese dishes. Today, my cooking reflects a little of the culture that I live in which is a melting pot of cuisines.’

Biren is really very lucky to learn from young. That’s so inspiring. I was not so lucky. I never learned how to cook. Cooking for me has been a very long, tough journey but I’m really glad to have come this far….a huge relief to know that my family and friends like my food.

Right, here is the guest post by Biren of Roti n Rice. Please enjoy.


First, I would like to say a very warm hello to all you esteemed followers of Mary’s wonderful blog Keep Learning Keep Smiling. Whenever I come here, I tarry awhile and feel at home for Mary’s warm personality shines through. Mary continues to be a great source of encouragement to me and I am truly blessed with her friendship and advice.  Today, I feel so honored to be given the opportunity to do a guest post for this very special occasion. Our moms whom we cherish and love are foremost on our minds this week as we celebrate Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse for us to express our appreciation to our Moms for their unfailing love for us. Though we can never repay mom for her love and sacrifice, we can show her how much we care by doing the things she does for us. After having my own kids, I appreciate my mom so much more as I begin to understand why she did the things she did. So let’s begin with breakfast in bed for mom or a leisurely brunch on the patio. With that in mind, I’ve made Dear Mom Fruit Letters for this occasion. This simple recipe allows the older kids or dotting spouse to prepare the meal  for mom.

Beautiful setting

Beautiful setting

Before we go to the recipe, let’s take a look at the origins of this very special day.

History of Mother’s Day

United Kingdom

Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It goes back to the time of the early Christians who celebrated it in honor of Virgin Mary and all mothers. By the earlier part of the 20th century, the custom lapsed and was revived by the influence of American soldiers serving abroad during World War II.

United States

In 1858 Anna Reeves Jarvis held a celebration called Mothers’ Work Day to raise awareness about sanitation issues in her home state of West Virginia. During the Civil War she expanded it to  organized women to meet the needs of the wounded from both sides of the conflict. Meanwhile Julia Ward Howe distraught by the carnage of the Civil War wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870 calling on mothers to protest the futility of sons killing sons, accompanied by celebrations for about 10 years in Boston before it died out.

Then in 1905, Anna Jarvis, daughter of Anna Reeves Jarvis dedicated her life to campaign for the creation of an official Mother’s Day celebration following the death of her mother. She handed out white carnations to the mothers in her mom’s church in 1907 and in May of 1908, a special Sunday service was held in that same church to honor mothers. In 1912 Jarvis’ home state of West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day. Two years later in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed it into a national observance, emphasizing women’s role in the family and declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. From here the celebration spread worldwide.

Now that you know the history, have the kids put on their aprons and here’s  the recipe…..

Mother's Day healthy breakfast


Mother’s Day Happy Healthy Brunch

8 oz Brie Cheese, thinly sliced
6 rice tortillas, 8-9 inch diameter (or any flour tortilla of choice)
1 large mango, peeled and sliced ¼  inch thick
9 large strawberries, hulled and sliced ¼ inch thick



Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the pan. Arrange some Brie slices along half of the tortilla topped by mango slices and a few more Brie slices. Using a spatula, fold tortilla in half. Pan fry each side for 2 - 3 minutes until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned. Repeat to make 3 mangoes and 3 strawberry tortillas. To serve, cut into quarters.

You can also try apples with Swiss cheese.

With apples

With apples

For those who prefer savory quesadillas, try Ro-Ri San’s creation using sliced ham or chicken, tomatoes, and havarti cheese as the filling.

With ham

With ham

I really like the brunch idea with an air of casual festivity. Bring out the deck chairs and table! Spread a pretty tablecloth and place a bouquet of her favorite flowers on the table. Arrange the quesadillas decoratively on a platter with lots of fruits. Make it perfect with a really nice cup of Darjeeling tea.

Red carnation flowers

Red carnation flowers

Carnations have come to represent Mother’s Day as it was the favorite flower of Anna Reeves Jarvis. Today red carnations pay tribute to living mothers while white carnations are used to honor deceased mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!

Remarks by Mary:
I’m sure you will agree with me that this is a very lovely post for Mother’s Day. It makes me miss my mom and I can’t wait to go back and visit her. This post also makes me feel very proud to be a mom to my 2 wonderful daughters who are also my closest friends.

I would like to thank Biren very much for this special Mother’s Day post. I do hope that you will drop by Biren’s blog at Roti n Rice to read and learn more lovely recipes and also to make friend with her. Please leave comments in her comment box. I’m sure she will appreciate it very much.

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Quote of the day……

‘A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.’

Washington Irving

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Priya  on May 5th, 2010

Wat a lovely guest post, brunch looks irresistible and succulent..

the lacquer spoon  on May 5th, 2010

My thanks goes to both Mary and Biren for introducing the wonderful person and recipe! I’d thought tortilla went well with only savoury ingredients, but actually looks so delicious with fruits. Thanks again and Happy Mother’s Day :)

sushma mallya  on May 5th, 2010

wonderful guest post and lovely write up Mary…even i do miss my mom a lot…

Mary  on May 5th, 2010

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much! :D I also thought the same like you…haha. I didn’t know that tortilla can be used for sweet food and fruits. I’m so used to using pancakes. This is sure a very good alternative.

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

Angie's Recipes  on May 5th, 2010

What a great crepe recipe! Simply irresistible.

noobcook  on May 5th, 2010

what a wonderful guest post from your friend. I love fruity crepes … this looks yummy ^^

Mary  on May 5th, 2010

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D It is irresistible!

@noobcook - Thanks very much! I’m very thankful to Biren for the wonderful post :D

Simone  on May 5th, 2010

That sure is one good looking Mother’s Day brunch and would be perfect!

anncoo  on May 5th, 2010

What a lovely guest post. This looks definitely healthy and hearty and I am very much inspired by Rita’s blog.

tigerfish  on May 5th, 2010

I wish my mom eats healthier like this. Hmmmm… is hard to change her though.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!

kristy  on May 5th, 2010

What a tempting recipe! Love the fruits with it. Absolutely gorgeous. Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Blessings, Kristy

Nasi Lemak Lover  on May 5th, 2010

This is a lovely guest post, and it looks so wonderful!

peteformation  on May 5th, 2010

I love festival feast with all the family members too. Healthy and simple roti meal…nice!

SathyaSridhar  on May 5th, 2010

Mary nice writing dear am missing my amm lot dear…lovely spread of guest post dear beautiful presentation dear.

Debbie  on May 5th, 2010

A beatiful post and a delicious meal too!

Faith  on May 5th, 2010

This is a really gorgeous post! That meal is arranged so pretty, and it looks delicious too!

Trissa  on May 5th, 2010

Mother’s Day is definitely something we should celebrate - in fact, we should have a Mother’s Week given how great mothers are! Wonderful brunch dish as well. It would be a great way to celebrate the day!

claudia lamascolo  on May 5th, 2010

very nice spread for mom and the brie is perfect here~

Bakericious  on May 5th, 2010

the crepe looks so yummy, although I m not a crepe person but this really tempt me.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on May 5th, 2010

What a lovely guest post. It reminds young kids of making something for their moms in return, could be so simple but healthy and yummy as these crepes.

Wish every mother have a happy Mother’s day!

Catherine  on May 5th, 2010

This looks sooo good! Thank you both, for a visual feast! :)

Von  on May 5th, 2010

I love mothers day =] I love how this recipe sounds so delicious and is so simple!

Anna  on May 5th, 2010

Wow, it looks so beautiful, any mother would be happy with a breakfast like that. Lovely pictures.

divya  on May 5th, 2010

This is a lovely guest post, and it looks so wonderful!

Little Inbox  on May 5th, 2010

The plate of brunch is so colorful, nice!

Roti n Rice  on May 5th, 2010

Thank you again Mary for your kind words and the privilege to be your guest blogger. Many thanks also to your visitors for their lovely comments….Biren

Mary  on May 5th, 2010

@Simone - Thanks very much, Simone! :D

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Ann! This dish will surely make us young and beautiful :D

@tigerfish - I don’t think my mom will eat this either. She needs something more solid. It’s difficult to change eat habits. hanks very much for your Mother’s Day greetings! :D

@kristy - Thanks very much, Kristy! Hope you have an awesome Mother’s Day. You even almost chopped off your finger preparing food for you family. You truly deserve a medal of honour :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Thanks very much, Sonia! :D

@peteformation - Me, too, but cooking for so many can be very stressful. I guess should do it pot-luck style. Otherwise I will run to the shops to buy :D

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D I miss my mom lots.

@Debbie - Thanks very much, Debbie! :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! :D I really have to thank Biren for this lovely post.

@Trissa - Totally agree with…should have a week to celebrate :D I must tell my children this…how much I suffer for them….haha.

@claudia lamascolo - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

@Bakericious - Indeed it is. I’m equally tempted too :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Christine! :D Totally agree with you that even little kids can make these for their mothers….simple and healthy.

@Catherine - Thanks very much, Catherine! :D

@Von - Thanks very much, Von! :D

@Anna - Thanks very much, Anna! :D I really love this one. I don’t mind to eat everyday.

@divya - Thanks very much Divya! :D

@Little Inbox - Thanks very much! :D I love all the colours. Look healthy and delicious.

@Roti n Rice - You are most welcome. Thanks you very much for writing this wonderful post. It just warms my heart about mothers, especially my mom. And of course I’m very happy to read all the lovely comments here :D Keep Blogging Keep Smiling!

5 Star Foodie  on May 5th, 2010

A terrific guest post! I love these different quesadilla fillings, especially the mango strawberry brie one, yum!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella  on May 5th, 2010

Great idea to do a healthy Mother’s day brunch! I know my mum is always trying to offset the cakes and pastries I tend to play her with :P

Mary  on May 5th, 2010

What a fantastic - on many levels - post. The recipe and pictures are wonderful, but the history regarding Mother’s Day is especially appreciated. I hope you both are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Lazaro  on May 5th, 2010

Wonderful guest post. Well-written, informative, interesting, and a perfect healthy breakfast. Cheers!

sippitysup  on May 5th, 2010

The brunch and flowers are beautiful. But that extra “tid bit” in the form of history is what makes this a special read. GREG

Yummy Team  on May 5th, 2010

Thats a wonderful post with lovely pics, Mary..Love Biren’s healthy, colorful and yummy brunch..

Tuty @Scentofspice  on May 5th, 2010

Oh I can “hint” my kids to make this for me ;-) on Mother’s day… or any given Sunday.
Lovely setting and healthful too. Thank you Biren & Mary.

Namitha  on May 5th, 2010

Such a beautiful spread..great job Biren :-)

The Housewife  on May 5th, 2010

Hi! Came here via roti n rice! Love Biren’s post :) its so easy and its got mangoes in it… thats a winner anyday! :)

Mary  on May 5th, 2010

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D They are indeed all very delicious.

@Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - Haha…you have an awesome mom! :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! :D Biren has written a wonderful Mother’s Day post.

@Lazaro - Thanks very much, Lazaro! :D It was indeed a wonderful guest post.

@sippitysup - Thanks very much, Greg! :D Totally agree with you.

@Yummy Team - Thanks very much! :D

@Tuty @Scentofspice - Indeed you should…haha :D They’ll probably over feed you…. LOL :D

@Namitha - Thanks very much, Namitha! :D

@The Housewife - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

Sook  on May 5th, 2010

Wow, a great guest post! The brunch looks so healthy and delicious, too!

Carolyn Jung  on May 5th, 2010

This is the epitome of how to take simple, yet really good ingredients, and transform them into something greater than the sum of their parts. What a lovely brunch. Whoever is lucky enough to partake will feel very special, indeed.

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 5th, 2010

What a lovely guest post about Mother’s day. I love that these recipes are simple enough for younger kids to make for Mommy. I think my kiddies and hubby would be able to handle this one (I hope lol). I love the Brie and mango recipe, sounds like a perfect combo. Thank you for sharing these recipes Biren. Thank you once again Mary for another great guest post :-D

Thas  on May 5th, 2010

Such an easy and wonderful guest post, perfect for Mother’s day.

somewhere in singapore  on May 5th, 2010

It’s so tempting….

tasteofbeirut  on May 5th, 2010

Beautiful photos and such a nice mood from this dish!

sweetlife  on May 5th, 2010

beautiful post, I truly enjoyed reading it, so healthy yet delish the perfect combo for mother’s day..wonderful guest post


yummy koh  on May 5th, 2010

This is indeed very healthy and look so tempting…

Mary  on May 6th, 2010

@Sook - Thanks very much, Sook! :D

@Carolyn Jung - Love your description, Carolyn. Totally agree with you. I’m really special to receive this lovely post. Now I need my girls to make this for me :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - I guess you have to keep showing this post to them…hint…hint…LOL :D

@Thas - Fully agree with you! :D

@somewhere in singapore - It is! I can eat this everyday :D

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much! :D

@sweetlife - Thanks very much! It is indeed perfect for Mother’s Day….a healthy dish…just what all mother’s need to eat :D

@yummy koh - Indeed it is! Thanks very much! :D

Love2cook  on May 6th, 2010

WOW WOW WOW!!! I’m speechless right now! That’s an excellent Guest Post by Biren…loved her experience and those tortillas too. Such an awesome way to express our gratitude to Moms! ;)

Mary, good job dear…keep rocking! Happy Mother’s Day to All…^___^

3hungrytummies  on May 6th, 2010

Great post! Thanks for the introductions Mary, will your children be cooking for you on mother’s day?

denise @ quickies on the dinner table  on May 6th, 2010

A wonderful post Biren - well researched, informative, wonderfully written and a perfect dish for a lovely Mother’s Day Brunch.

Thank you Mary for having Biren over as your guest :)

Bakericious  on May 6th, 2010

Hi Mary I have some awards for you, please feel free to pick them up @ http://bakericious/ thanks. Jess.

Olive  on May 6th, 2010

lovely brunch…it’s fresh, healthy and light! I’ll definitely try this, I was just planning to make homemade tortillas :) Happy Mother’s Day Mary!! :)

Dimah  on May 6th, 2010

This is a lovely guest post, and the brunch looks so delicious!

Mary  on May 6th, 2010

@Love2cook - Thanks very much! :D It was indeed an awesome post by Biren!

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much, Suresh! Well, I have to show this post to my children….hint…hint…LOL :D

@denise @ quickies on the dinner table - Thanks you very much, Denise. It has been such a delight and an honour to have Biren as my guest blogger. She’s amazing!

@Bakericious - Thanks very much for your kindness! It’s such a joy the awards. Really appreciate very much :D

@Olive - Wow…. you make your own tortillas! That’s awesome. Would be lovely to see it on your blog :D

@Dimah - Thanks very much Dimah! :D

Simply Life  on May 6th, 2010

oh wow, that does look like the perfect brunch!

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on May 6th, 2010

What a lovely post and so perfect for Mother’s Day. I especially like the brie and mango quesadillas.

peachkins  on May 6th, 2010

I love fruits! This is so perfect for brunch. Do you know That I can live on fruits??

blowing peachkisses
The Peach Kitchen
peach and things

peanutts  on May 6th, 2010

Happy mothers day!!! , Although i cant understand why there has to be a special day to celebrate mothers and fathers and even valentine when it should be celebrated every day :) . Anyway. have a little present for you on my blog thought i will let you know since you are a huge condensed milk fan

yasmeen  on May 6th, 2010

Beautiful post ,love the whole some meal.Happy Mother’s day to you :D

fimère  on May 6th, 2010

une excellente idée pour le brunch
j’aime beaucoup l’association entre brie, fraises et mangue ça doit être succulent
bonne soirée

Kamalika  on May 6th, 2010

amazing read dear….loved the post…really biren is also very nice and grt blogger too…thanks fro sharing this lovely pots with us…

Cheah  on May 6th, 2010

Great post and lovely looking crepes. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

Erica  on May 6th, 2010

Love this brunch idea! Absolutely delicious!

Mary  on May 6th, 2010

@Simply Life - Indeed it is! I would be so happy to eat it :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - Thanks very much, Cathy! :D

@peachkins - Wow…..I admire you for that! I don’t think I can survive…haha. :D I will be too hungry too soon!

@peanutts - Totally agree with you that we should celebrate everyday. I suppose it’s specially for those who tend to forget how special their mom is! Haha…you are trying to tempt me with condensed milk! I have checked it out…will eat all :D

@yasmeen - Thanks very much, Yasmeen! :D

@fimère - Thanks very much, Fimère! :D

@Kamalika - Thanks very much, Kamalika! :D

@Cheah - Thanks very much, Cheah! :D

@Erica - Thanks very much, Erica! :D

Reeni  on May 6th, 2010

What a fresh and lovely treat for Mother’s Day! And I adore Biren! She did an excellent job of guest posting!

Jackie at  on May 6th, 2010

What a beautiful meal for a Mother’s Day Celebration. I love the combination of brie and fruits. You should also try brie and banana, the combo works very well together (it was my favorite snack as a child). Your guest post has introduced me to another lovely cooking blog ;~)

penny aka jeroxie  on May 6th, 2010

such a good choice for a guest blogger!

Joanne  on May 6th, 2010

Thanks so much for hosting this guest post! I feel like I learned so much and also now have a new and delicious dish to try! Perfect.

rebecca  on May 6th, 2010

this is a fab guest post great food and lovely history

happy mothers day ladies

love Rebecca

rosebelle  on May 6th, 2010

How beautiful! I mean everything, the table setting and the foods. I need to hint hint to hubby to do this for me.

srividhya Ravikumar  on May 6th, 2010

Wow.. looks delicious.. do drop in at my site whenever.. following you

Cristina @ TeenieCakes  on May 7th, 2010

Lovely post! Fresh, beautiful colors and befitting for a Mother’s Day brunch!

Mary  on May 7th, 2010

@Reeni - Thanks very much, Reeni! Yes, Biren’s post is excellent! :D

@Jackie at - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Jackie! :D I would love to try. I have not tried that combination yet.

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

@Joanne - Thanks very much, Joanne! I learned a lot too…new way to use tortilla and eat more healthy :D

@rebecca - Thanks very much, Rebecca! :D

@rosebelle - Haha….you really should. I have to hint hint to my girls and hubby, too :D

@srividhya Ravikumar - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Srividhya! :D

@Cristina @ TeenieCakes - Thanks very much, Cristina! :D

Roti n Rice  on May 7th, 2010

Thank you everyone for your kind and lovely comments. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Elin  on May 9th, 2010

Mary..Happy Mother’s Day to you and this healthy brunch set looks delish! Thanks for sharing and having invited Biren to share with us this beautiful tortillas with cheese and mango fillings.

Mary  on May 10th, 2010

@Roti n Rice - Your lovely post is much liked by everyday! Well Done, Bren! :D

@Erin - Thanks very much Erin! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! :D

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