Happy Mother’s Day! And Eggs Florentine for Brunch!

Here in the US, today is Mother’s Day. From Wikipedia…Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.” Couldn’t agree more. The tradition began in the early 20th century, and was never intended to become anywhere near as commercialized as it is today.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

Wikipedia

Mother’s Day in our family is a time to celebrate the critical role of the mothers – really all women – in our lives. Its a well-earned day for Miss Dixie to put up her feet (literally!), have some special meals, and to shed the mantle of mothering us and our kids for a little while. Mother’s Day hasn’t always been my favorite hoiday, but that’s all behind us now.

So how does Mother’s Day figure into Suburban Foraging? Easy. Jonathan cooked an amazing special brunch this morning, consisting of a medley of fresh roasted potatoes, peppers and onions, paired with an awesome Eggs Florentine. The Eggs Florentine was just that much more special because of farm fresh eggs. Here’s a great recipe for eggs benedict, just add fresh wilted spinach (again, hit the farm stand) to make it Florentine.

If you’re used to eating store bought eggs – even the fancy free range or organic kind – I have to tell you, you’re missing out on a real treat. Farm fresh eggs taste very different to me than store bought eggs. In omelets and scrambled eggs, they are lighter and fluffier. The yolks are a vibrant golden orange, the whites firm, and the taste incredible. I’d imagine that’s not just the freshness, but the chicken’s diets. Farm fresh eggs are also one of the easiest and inexpensive farm to table ingredients around.

Where did we get the fresh eggs? Well, there are multiple farms/vendors in the area… heck, your neighbor with chickens can source you farm fresh eggs! In our case, our eggs come from Miss Dixie’s sister, Mary (Kathy) Tucker Watson Tucker Johnson Tucker Watson. Yes, that’s a real name (too deep a story to tell today!). But, fresh eggs are available at the Palm City Farms Produce & Market in Palm City (Duh!). Their stock sells out fast (you don’t want farm fresh eggs to just be… well, eggs), so get there early, or ask to have some set aside for you.

Palm City Farms Produce & Market
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Eggs Florentine is an easy recipe if you can make fresh hollandaise sauce. Is there any other kind? Jonathan loosely followed this recipe, from his favorite recipe website, Serious Eats. Really good stuff.

So, takeaways…

  • Love the women in your life – especially mothers. Celebrate them. Empower them!
  • Hunt you down some farm fresh eggs.
  • Make Eggs Florentine (we used Canadian Bacon for our meat, you can use whatever you want. And trust me, you can do it!
  • Share your food liberally with loved ones, and
  • Share your experience with others.

For all you mothers out there of all flavors, Happy Mother’s Day! That’s all for this morning. But I may post tonight if our Perfect Prime Rib comes out well. Cheers, and good luck foraging!

Chris Church
The Suburban Forager