Bacon and eggs in a muffin. They’re nutritionally sound, with fat, protein and low carbohydrate vegetable all accounted for. They’re elegantly flavoured with fresh garden herbs. They’re easy to make – just four ingredients. And they’re cute, so the kids’ll love them. But best of all, they let you sleep in when you really need to.
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Muffins with Fresh Garden Herbs
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Earlier in the week, I realised I was starting to get stressed and tired. We’ve moved up to my father’s place at Monte for these hot summer months, and as much as it’s idyllically peaceful, it also means we’re further away from work, shops and routine activities. It’s just 20 minutes from our apartment in Zugliano, but that means getting up twenty minutes earlier, and for some reason the difference between 6.20 am and 6 am takes it’s toll. And not just that. Twenty minutes down, twenty minutes back up, that’s forty minutes out of my day. It’s forty minutes when I can’t work on the blog, or study the Primal Health Coach Course, or prepare food, or simply relax. Those precious minutes don’t re-generate in other ways. Making these Bacon and Egg Breakfast Muffins certainly didn’t gift me an hour when I made them on Tuesday – in fact, it’s possible that they took me to the edge – but on Wednesday I was happy I’d gone the distance because they let me off cooking for a day.
All the Other Things
On top of getting up earlier and feeling strapped for time, inflammation had wedged itself into my lower back, making everything difficult. I decided I needed to sleep in. Fiorenzo’s a capable man, multi-skilled in all sorts of ways, and perfectly able to make breakfast for himself, but we women will feel responsible. Especially when the habits of the relationship revolve around certain commitments and roles. Him, steady job and income, starting and finishing times. Me, flexible everything: job, income, hours, which means All the Other Things fall into my To Do List. You know: washing, shopping, putting the shopping away, preparing food, washing up, remembering to take something out of the freezer for tomorrow, loading the washing machine, hanging it out, bringing it in, walking the dog, grooming and feeding the dog, does she have fresh water?, watering the plants, thinking about meals for tomorrow, baking something because biscuits help, checking the clock because in 10 minutes I have to stop what I’m doing and Prepare. More. Food.On Tuesday evening, I sort of flipped out. On the way home from teaching a class, I’d stopped off at the supermarket and bought a couple of gorgeous, fatty steaks. At home in Zugliano, I put them in the fridge, then did some work on the pc. Then, I packed the things I needed to take up to Monte, including the Bacon and Egg Breakfast Muffins. I checked my list, loaded the car, loaded the dog, and headed back up the hill. When I arrived, I realised that dinner was still sitting in the fridge down below. I almost cried, but didn’t quite. Instead, I went off on one of those women’s laments, born of sheer exhaustion and frustration.
Women and men are different. Not better or worse, just different. Women have a primal need to go ‘blah’. It’s not about seeking causes, solutions or projecting blame. It’s just a way of letting out that which’s bottle up. Men rarely get this, and interpret whatever’s said as, ‘It’s my fault. She thinks I’m not doing enough.’ Aware of this, I tried my best to dam the flood with strategic interjections of ‘It’s not you, or the relationship. It’s just The Situation.’ Bless him, he did recognise that I was super tired, and possibly needed more than just A Day on My Own.
The Bacon and Egg Breakfast Muffins made everything okay. On Wednesday morning, I slept in. He got up, ate muffins, and left without making a noise. When I emerged, I wasn’t hungry. I drank coffee, studied, took Roxy for a walk, took these photos, and ate my muffins as a very late brunch.
More Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas
Rosemary, Fennel and Garlic All-Day Beef Burgers – The garlic sounds out in these, so if that bothers you for breakfast breath, or if you have FODMAP issues, then just leave it out – don’t be shy with the rosemary!
Double Dish Pork with Lemon and Sage – If you’re not into soup and other savoury flavours for breakfast, then this might woo you over. A great option for the cooler months.
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- 5 eggs
- 3 rashes of thickly sliced bacon or pancetta
- ¼ small cauliflower
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, chives, and thyme
- Preheat the oven to 180C / 350 F and grease 6 silicon muffin moulds. Stand the muffin mounds in a baking tray.
- Lightly beat the eggs with a pinch of salt. Cut the bacon or pancetta into 1cm / ¼ inch cubes. Finely chop the cauliflower so that you have 1 cup of 'rice'. Mince the fresh herbs.
- Place the bacon and cauliflower into a frypan and sautè over a medium heat until the fat is released and the cauliflower has softened, about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly. Add the minced herbs, stir to combine, then spoon evenly into 6 big muffin moulds.
- Pour the beaten egg into the moulds. stopping a little before reaching the top.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until they've puffed up and are golden around the edges. Remove from the oven. They'll shrink down a little as they cool.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within a couple of days.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.