Breakfast in Bed

I don’t know a single soul out there who doesn’t completely love a delicious home cooked breakfast. The only thing that could make it better? Breakfast in bed. Our bed can be our sanctuary, a place we go to experience ultimate comfort and peace. Combined with the smell of waffles and maple syrup, you’ve got a match made in heaven. Whether it’s your birthday morning, or just a nice touch to brighten up your day, one of the best things about breakfast in bed is definitely not having to lift a finger to prepare breakfast as soon as you wake up! Better yet, climb into bed alongside your loved one and share the moment! Here’s a couple of pointers to pull off the perfect breakfast in bed!

First of all, to perfect the breakfast in bed experience, you need an effective tray. The tray is critical, because the last thing you really want is to spill anything on your lovely 600 thread count sheets! Tip: You could even lay extra sheets or towels around the sides of the tray just in case of a drip here or there. You want a tray that is easy to maneuver, sturdy enough to hold your fresh cup of coffee, and preferably where the legs fold in for easy storage. They come in metal, wood, and with various finishes. I found a couple online that seem pretty efficient!

Wooden tray from Bed Bath and Beyond

Wooden tray from Bed Bath and Beyond

Or how about upgrading to this $700 grained leather tray from Barneys!

Or how about upgrading to this $700 grained leather tray from Barneys!

Next, you need to formulate your game plan. Recipes are a must! I suggest planning this all out WAY ahead of time to make sure you have your recipes well-rehearsed and all of your ingredients on hand. Most often breakfast in bed is a complete surprise. This means preparation as early as possible is an absolute must. You definitely don’t want the birthday girl or boy to wake up to catch you in the kitchen, apron affray scrambling to prepare breakfast!

I suggest playing some happy go lucky music before you enter the room, that way you will make a grand entrance and elevate the level of surprise! “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles would be an awesome choice! Very theme oriented and cheerful! Tip: Get your tray all set up and ready to go first. Have the song pre-downloaded on your smart phone and place your phone on a stand right next to the door way so you can quickly press play, run to grab your tray, and then enter the room like a pro!

Here are a few delicious recipes ideas that are sure to put a smile on your loved ones face…and tummy!

Creamy, Fruity, French Toast Hearts

French Toast Hearts

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • A couple drops pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Directions:
  1. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla and set near the stove. In a small bowl  mix together the cream cheese and preserves; set aside.
  2.  Warm the syrup in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave on high for 1 minute.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over 4 bread slices. Top with the remaining 4 bread slices to make 4 sammies. Cut each sammy using a 4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Snack on the crusts.
  4.  Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dip the hearts in the egg mixture and cook in the skillet, turning once with a spatula, until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Serve the hearts with the warm syrup.

Recipe found on: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/special-recipe-collections/breakfast-in-bed-recipes/

Banana Nut Cakes

Banana Pancakes

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

FLUFFY PANCAKES WITH SYRUP

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more (unmelted) for serving
  • Maple syrup, for serving

HONEY BROWNED BANANAS

  • 3 sliced bananas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup honey

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolks and melted butter. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir until just combined and add in the chopped toasted pecans.
  2. Preheat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Gently fold the whites into the batter.
  3. Grease the griddle and ladle on 1/4-cup portions of batter. Cook on 1 side until bubbles form and the pancakes are cooked around the edges, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook through, 1 minute more. Top the cooked pancakes with honey-browned bananas: Brown 3 sliced bananas in 2 tbsp. butter, then remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup honey.

Recipe found on: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/special-recipe-collections/breakfast-in-bed-recipes/

Spam Fried Rice

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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups overnight steamed rice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 oz Spam, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, defrost
  • Salt, to taste

Seasonings:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil, optional
  • 3 dashes white pepper

Directions:

  1. Break up the lumpy overnight rice with the back of the spoon or fork, or with your hand.  Mix all the ingredients for the seasonings in a small bowl.
  2. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a wok over high heat and cook the eggs first. Use the spatula to break the eggs into small pieces. Set aside. Reheat the wok with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and stir-fry the garlic until aromatic. Add the spam pieces and stir-fry until light brown before adding the mixed vegetables. Stir to combine well.
  3. Add the rice into the wok and use the spatula to stir-fry continuously until the all the ingredients are well blended. Add the Seasonings into the wok, blending it well with the rice and ingredients. Return the cooked eggs into the wok and combine with the rice. Dish out and serve immediately.

 

Recipe found on:  http://rasamalaysia.com/spam-fried-rice/

Featured image credit: http://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/2014/05/mothers-day-breakfast-bed-delicious-and-safe.html

 

Jenna KagawaJenna Kagawa is a Bedding Specialist at SlumberWorld in Kailua Kona. She is the happy mother of twins, Hali’a and Makoa. When not busy finding clients the perfect mattress or chasing her little ones – Jenna enjoys making jewelry, reading, shell collecting, and eating really good food! She is a total social media addict and loves photographing life.

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