A Blissful Early Morning, with a side of Bacon

February 13, 2011

Saturday morning I woke up just before 6am. Why? It was not on purpose, I would have liked a sleep-in. In fact I set my alarm for 9am anticipating an indulgent, sleepy start to my weekend. This precaution was, as it would turn out, very unnecessary, as in a rather romantic way, the sweet chirping of birds became my alarm clock. I am rather pleased that they were feeling cheeky and took liberty with my wake-up call, as it allowed me to enjoy the morning in a unexpectedly peaceful manner.

So I climbed out from under my doona, slipped into my dressing gown and spent the first hours of the new day comfortably nestled in a corner of my couch. I browsed recipes online, and caught up on a few of my favourite overseas blogs, such as this one. I also took the time to plan a nice breakfast. I wanted to make something special for Ben, just because. I had the lovely notion of him being woken by the smell of bacon sizzling in the pan. And so my mind excitedly wandered through the bacon possibilities…baked eggs, egg and bacon roll, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup…

Serendipitously, moments after I tweeted about my desire to make Ben and egg and bacon roll, Jamie Oliver tweeted a link to one of his delightful, bacon-centric breakfast recipes. It was a sign, a sign from Jamie, the Food God.

So off to the shops I skipped – yes I actually did skip a little – to fetch ingredients for Breakfast Eggy Crumpets (recipe link). On my way to the shops, the smell and sound of breakfast was in the air – toast was cooking, coffee was brewing and plates were clattering. My senses stimulated, I was filled with warmth and feelings of nostalgia. I adore the morning, and always feel so wonderful when I rise early. It is a special, secret time of day – a feeling which is only shared amongst other early birds. Being a morning person is like being in a special club. I guess in a mildly smug way, I feel like people who sleep-away these blissful hours don’t know what they’re missing.

As it was only just past 7am, I basically had the store to myself. I contemplated grabbing a coffee but then saw some lovely raspberries at our local grocer and instead decided to spend my pennies on a punnet.

Home again I skipped, where I quietly waited for Ben to rise. I prepared breakfast for myself – yoghurt and raspberries with blue mountain tea. Why was I not partaking in the eating of the Breakfast Eggy Crumpets…? I was off to Yum Cha mid-morning, and did not fancy such a hearty breakfast myself. I was rather pleased with my little bowl of berries – just delightful.

Around 9:15am I became aware that my departure for dumplings was looming, and Ben was still happy in his slumber. I worried that my dream to wake him with the aroma of bacon on the stove may not be realised, so I headed into the kitchen (I may or may not have also started playing B.B. King at an enthusiastic volume), and I got to cooking.

It may have been the bacon or it may have been the B.B. Boogie, I am not sure. Either way, Ben rose from the bedroom and came dancing into the kitchen with a big grin on his face, his eyes wide at the anticipation of filling his belly with eggy, bacon breakfast treats.

As per Mr Oliver’s recommendations, I drizzled some maple syrup over the dish. I also agree with his comment that ‘brown sauce’ would go well – whether he is referring to HP or BBQ sauce I am not sure, but I agree that it would indeed work.

What I loved about this recipe was the use of crumpets – they really soaked up the egg mixture with all their cheeky holes. When cooked in the pan they became spongey and golden. Ben really enjoyed his breakfast. It was super easy and fun to make, to boot, so I know we’ll be making Breakfast Eggy Crumpets more often.

So thank you, keenly chirping birds for my gift…I am so grateful for the precious early hours of the morn.

Heidi xo

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  • Bee February 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I can't wait until AK and I live together so i can do this for him. I enjoy waking him up with a nice breakfast prepared =)

    This looks so yummy! One day I will branch outside of my standard pancake breakfast and make something like this.

  • Hannah February 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I love reading/looking at how people spend their mornings. Yours sounded delightful! Fresh berries are oh-so-delicious, I've just had a handful of blueberries! 🙂
    Hannah x

  • Hannah February 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    What a lovely, lovely morning you both must had had – and you wrote about it so beautifully, Heidi! Ben's quite a lucky man indeed 🙂

    Hope your Yum Cha was lovely!

  • Merowyn February 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    LOVE maple syrup with bacon, just like the pancakes I did on my blog a week or so ago. SO GOOD!!!! ♥

  • Michelle Chin February 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Crumpets and bacon! NIceeeee….I love to make this someday but my apartment will not allow it. 🙁 Bad ventilation.

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Hehehe, B.B.King 🙂 Love it! How lovely to make such a breakfast for Ben!

  • The InTolerant Chef February 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    What a lovely morning! It's so nice to get a headstart on the day- just you and the little birdies. I love the eggy crumpets too, a great idea. And I totally agree with you on spending your pennies on berries instead of caffine, and saving room for Yum Cha(we call it Yummy Cha at our house)

  • Ashley February 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Awww, how lovely of you! 🙂 I used to wake up super early every morning and take my dog for a walk, but my boyfriend has been teaching me to sleep in and I find myself waking up later and later these days! Bad influence! :s

  • Anna Johnston February 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Isn't it an awesome feeling to want to, can't wait to & love doing something special to please your guy…. may it last forever 🙂

  • Heidi February 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Bee – living together is such fun! As are pancakes!

    Hannah – thank you! I love seeing how people spend their mornings too 🙂

    Hannah – thanks, lovely! So nice of you to say 🙂

    Merowyn – your breakfast looked insane! I was thinking about it but went with a simpler option, crumpets!!

    Michelle – oh what a shame. bad ventilation is no fun at all. Make it on a windy day and open all the windows 🙂

    Kath – B.B.King is the best!

    InTolerant Chef – just me and the birdies, exactly! & Yummy Cha!! Love it 🙂

    Ashley – hehe, sleeping in can be fun too. I would love to have a dog to keep me company on the early mornings! Ben loves to sleep in 🙂

    Anna – thanks, Anna, that is so sweet 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 14, 2011 at 8:37 am

    oh I think you have captured the essence of a lazy Saturday morning just perfectly!

  • Honey @ honeyandsoy February 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Ooh look at those colours! And how sweet are you!!! Happy V day!

  • KittyCate February 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Nawww how sweet are you? The crumpets look delish! I will have to check out the Blue Mountain tee, sounds yum xx

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    OMG the breakfast eggy crumpets look divine! Mmm it's moments like these that I could eat breakfast for dinner 🙂

  • msihua February 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I do the same for mine, but use English Muffins 🙂 And I get him to do it for me (very rare)… because i love bacon more than he does!!!

  • little bro February 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    you take pretty pictures 🙂
    and you write so well! glad to see all the tuition i gave you has gone somewhere delightful hehe

    love you

  • Sabine February 21, 2011 at 5:50 am

    And your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!