Breakfast in bed

Life is not what you see in the movies. I wonder if the actor’s playing these roles sometimes marvel at the lack of reality they are forced into. In any case, breakfast in bed is one of those movie inspired moments that we all want to recreate.

Yesterday my husband brought me breakfast in bed. But unlike the movies, we don’t own a special tray that holds everything you need. (We had one once, but after it was loaded up with everything and placed on top of you, you were pinned down. You needed help to be extracted.) Luckily my computer tray can double as a breakfast holder, but that is just for the plate. My meal had an egg mixture on toast that needed to be cut and not dropped everywhere while trying to eat. Again, not the glamor you build up in your mind.

Our house is really small and the master bedroom is about 6 feet away from the kitchen, straight shot with the door open. So when you have ‘breakfast in bed’, you are actually just sitting a distance away from everyone else and we are all raising our voices to be heard. Not at all like the movies. (I have designed that movie house with a glorious master bedroom and gourmet kitchen – in my mind).

After it was all said and done, my husband asked what I would like for breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, he thought about making omelettes. I agreed, that would be nice.

Then this morning rolled around and he was not jumping out of bed. I started to wonder if I really wanted another balance-on-my-lap breakfast? I got up, made coffee, my husband still wasn’t up, (I even ran the coffee grinder!) I started to make a grocery list for next week by perusing through a cookbook. Then I found a recipe that I would love to eat and had the ingredients at had. I considered dragging him out of bed to make it for me, but kindness prevailed. That is no way to start the day, for any of us.

So I made it for myself, a Mother’s Day gift to me. And it was wonderful.

Creamy Spinach & Pancetta Eggs

  • 4 slices pancetta
  • 100g spinach, (half a bag)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • S&P
  • Butter
  • Lemon zest
  • Buttered toast

In a medium fry pan, cook pancetta until crispy, set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Add spinach and cook down until wilted, set aside. Wipe out pan. Whisk together eggs, cream and S&P. But a big dollop of butter into the pan to melt. Add eggs and move around until set. Fold through the spinach mixture and serve. Serves 2.

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