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Mother’s Day Brunch

11 May 2021 | Insights Team

The person you call mom is like no other person in the world. Take the time you need to celebrate together on this very special day with unique recipes you can try at home! Or, if cooking is not your thing, we have found some of the most quaint and picturesque spots in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, perfect for this special occasion.

Quiche for you and mom – a savoury palate cleanser

This year for Mother’s Day we decided to start off with an old-faithful savoury favourite: The Western Omelette Quiche. Like most recipes for Mother’s Day, this quiche is a family favourite inspired by special moments you shared with mom in the kitchen all those years ago.

Blending the right flavours with a tasty colour palette, a quiche is the result of when a pie and an omelette are combined into one tasty meal. Let’s get cooking;


  • 1 x 220mm deep dish pie shell
  • 4 x thinly sliced green onion pieces
  • Third cup chopped green pepper
  • Third cup chopped red pepper
  • 2 x tablespoon butter
  • 120 grams of sliced and folded smoked ham
  • Half cup of cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 x cup whipping cream
  • 6 x jumbo eggs
  • 1 x teaspoon garlic salt
  • Half teaspoon black pepper
  • Half teaspoon onion powder
  • Half teaspoon ground mustard

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Poke a few holes through the bottom of a frozen pie shell using a fork. Bake for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a small skillet. Cook the sliced green onion, green pepper and red pepper until softened for around 2-3 minutes.
  3. Layer a half the ham and half the shredded cheese right at the bottom of the pre-baked pie shell.
  4. Whisk together the whipping cream, eggs, and spices until fully combined. Add the cooked vegetables to the mixture.
  5. Pour one half over the first layer of ham and cheese, then repeat layering in sequence; ham, cheese, and mixture.
  6. Place onto a baking sheet and then into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes at 180° C.
  7. Lower the oven temperature ever so slightly (between 170° – 175° C) and continue to cook for an additional 30-40 minutes.
  8. Once ready, place on a counter and let it set for at least 30 minutes before serving.

The sweeter option – Tasty French Toast roll-ups

No Mother’s Day brunch is complete without a delicious option for all those moms with a sweet tooth. Try our recipe for French Toast Roll-ups! You’ll find that these bite sized treats are not only extremely easy to make but also the perfect amount of sweetness to compliment your first course.

Just like classic French Toast, these rolls-ups are dipped in either syrup or honey just before eating to add an extra layer of sweetness. The one big advantage to rolling them up means that you can add cinnamon sugar between the rolls to create a mouth watering treat.

What’s more? These delicious rolls are so easy to make that they’re likely to become a staple dessert option from here on out!


  • 3 x tablespoons unsalted melted butter 
  • 3 x tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 x tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 x tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 x large eggs
  • Quarter cup milk
  • 8 x crustless slices of soft white bread
  • 3 x tablespoons butter (for sauté pan)
  • Organic maple syrup (when serving)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Place 3 tablespoons butter into a plastic bowl and melt in the microwave. Using a fork, stir in 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon until a smooth spreadable mixture forms. Set aside.
  2. Now, whisk eggs and milk into a shallow bowl and set aside as well.
  3. Using another small bowl, stir 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon together. Set aside.
  4. After removing the crusts from each bread slice, roll one slice out to about 5mm  thickness with a rolling pin. Then, spread your spreadable butter mixture along each side, then roll. Repeat with all remaining bread slices and butter mixture until finished.
  5. Place 3 tablespoons butter in a large non-stick sauté pan and melt over medium heat. One at time, dip each roll into your mixture. Sauté each side of your roll-ups for 1-2 minutes until the texture becomes golden brown. Move to the counter top, sprinkle each roll-up generously with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, and serve immediately with maple syrup.

Outdoor retreats & local garden spots

While not all us have the culinary touch, that shouldn’t mean your plans for a fantastic Mother’s Day brunch should be dusted! There are a multitude of outdoors options in and around Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to create that much needed ambience for a special day out with mom. Nothing quite sets the scene better than a picturesque venue with teas and cakes at the ring of a bell!

Below, we list some of our favorite locations in and around town to inspire an idyllic setting for you and mom. 

The Victorian Secret

Ever thought about what it would be like to experience a Victorian high tea? Why not visit this traditionally English styled cafe and restaurant with mom, and enjoy the sophistication of an Earl Grey with lemon under a shady oak?

Located in Benoni, this quaint and enchanting spot is famed for its colourful French meringues.

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Gia’s on Montrose 

Nestled in Montrose Nursery in Morningside, Sandton, Gia’s on Montrose is made-for-outdoor-bunches and provides a pretty garden setting. Gia’s seasonal menu is inspired by the occasion, meaning that if you’re thinking of visiting with mom, they’ll be more than ready to accommodate for a Mother’s Day theme. Well known by Joburg foodies for their spectacular cheesecakes and traditional Nordic breakfasts, Gia’s is an experience you should share with mom at least once.

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The Secret Garden

If the name didn’t give it away already, The Secret Garden, located within Norscot Manor in Fourways, reinvents the idea of “home away from home” and is the perfect alternative to a home cooked Sunday lunch with mom.

While you wait for your Sunday roast you’ll be treated to the elegant ambience of manicured lawns and far off skyline views whilst relaxing on the terrace. You can even bring your kids along too, thanks to a fun play park within sight of the dinning area.

Reserve a booking by contacting Steven Orchard on 011 467 1191.

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Kloof Street House

For our moms in Cape Town, one of the most iconic spots is located at the foot of the vibrant Kloof Street. Enjoy a truly enigmatic experience at this splendid Victorian styled home and choose from a wide selection of tasty lunch options from their brasserie-style menu. 

Every Sunday, Kloof House Street hosts a Jazz event complete with a full band complement. This Mother’s Day, they’ll be hosting the talents of Mr Keys and The Funky Munks. Join them for an afternoon of fun memories and great entertainment!

Take a journey through this home’s treasure trove of design passions from stunning chandeliers to the suitcase-stacked bar. Kloof Street House is a luxury experience like no other.

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The Bamboo Restaurant

Located north of Joostenbergvlakte, Cape Town is the idyllic family focused Bamboo Restaurant. Thinking of having a larger family gathering this Mother’s Day? Look no further than this al fresco dining experience. 

Enjoy traditional Italian pasta or sample thinly sliced pizza bakes before enjoying a scenic walk through the famed Cape Garden Center.

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The Pot and Kettle

Right at the peak of KZN’s Valley of a Thousand Hills sits one of the most genuine restaurant experiences. With a home-styled dining experience and a view not seen anywhere else in the country, The Pot and Kettle offers a sublime home-styled dining experience to share with mom.

Take a tour through the quaint little stores and discover why this destination is one of Natal’s best kept secrets.

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9th Ave. Waterside

For a more up-market experience the 9th Ave. Waterside restaurant, located on the Wilson’s Wharf, is the perfect showcase for both bistro dining and the latest innovations in gourmet. As a waterside based restaurant, 9th Ave. offers breathtaking views of the open ocean, bay, and Durban’s iconic waterfront.

Truly spoil mom to a Sunday lunch overlooking the bay and enjoy a splendid walk through the local markets afterwards.

Read more here

Whether you’re more of a DIY chef or a restaurant connoisseur, the options for a perfect brunch are limitless. From our Leadhome Properties team, we wish our moms a very happy Mother’s Day.

Insights Team

We're the "thinking arm" of Leadhome, combining expertise in data analysis, modelling, sociology, geography, and philosophy to interrogate current trends in the South African residential property market. Proudly contemplative since 2015.

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