Time for brunch

It’s the ideal time of year for lighter fare

Refreshing, lighter wines complement these delicious recipes by chef, author and Food Network Canada host Donna Dooher.

scones

Mildred's Famous Currant Scones with Seville Orange Marmalade

“The best meals start with a glass of sparkling wine,” says Dooher. “It sets the tone; this is a special meal. Serve these scones with an off-dry sparkling wine or champagne. “It’s about enjoying the moment and the company of friends and family,” says Dooher.

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Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs with Whitefish Caviar and Toasted Poppy Seed Bread Straw

When you’re cooking a meal at home, says Dooher, “Eat less, but eat well.” In this dish, she’s balanced the delicateness of eggs with salty caviar, and paired it with a versatile dry rosé. “Rosé is very versatile,” Dooher says. “We enjoy it at brunch, on its own out on the deck, or at a barbecue.”

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Mushrooms Soup

Wild Rice with Wild Mushrooms Soup

For the next course, Donna choose a hearty, earthy soup, “It’s a welcome taste mid-morning,” says Dooher, who recommends pairing it with a medium-bodied red, such as merlot. “With soup,” she says, “you’ve got to be careful not to serve anything too heavy, but robust enough to go with the mushrooms.”

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Beef Ragout on Soft Polenta

Beef Ragout on Soft Polenta

“The best part of brunch is the flexibility to serve a few different dishes on the table that everyone can share,” says Dooher. This deep, rich loves a wine of equal depth and firmness. “Whenever I’m serving something braised, or a stew or roast,” she says, “I go with a barolo. It’s just so impressive and grand.”

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Roast Chicken and Savoury Waffles with Blueberry Peppercorn Chutney

Roast Chicken and Savoury Waffles with Blueberry Peppercorn Chutney

While it may seem an unlikely combination, this is a delicious conversation piece. “There's so many flavours going on with this dish that you need a wine smooth enough to stand up to it,” says Dooher. “Shiraz is the perfect match.”

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Goat Cheesecake with Honey Walnuts

Goat Cheesecake with Honey Walnuts

Dessert at brunch? Hey, you’ve come this far, so why not — especially if it means cheesecake! It’s lovely with Ontario icewine. “This cheesecake tempers the wine's sweetness,”says Dooher. “And the honey and walnuts complement the wine nicely.”

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