Five more minutes…

How many of you find it very difficult to get up in the morning? The alarm on your smartphone goes off but you simply switch it to SNOOZE – just five minutes more, you tell yourself and went back to sleep…only to jump out of bed at the very last minute, rush through your daily bathroom routine, change and dash off to work.

Breakfast? Now, that’s one word that does not exist in your vocabulary. It’s the most important meal of the day, they keep telling us but unfortunately, many do not bother. All through my growing up years, my mum would wake up early to make coffee (and tea for my dad), two hard-boiled eggs for each of us and something for breakfast – steamed paos, toast and whatever, fried rice, mee kua tossed in soy sauce, crackers and biscuits. I carried on with this practice even when I had left home and started working – I would never miss breakfast.

These days, I have all the time in the world to prepare a lovely breakfast that I can sit down and enjoy and of course, I will not want to have fried rice…

Egg fried rice with luncheon meat

…every day even though this egg fried rice with luncheon meat that I cooked that day was very nice and also all the different varieties that I may dish out in the morning according to my whims and fancies whenever I spot any rice in the fridge left over from the day(s) before.

These days, there are countless varieties of instant noodles…

Instant noodles

…so many that I suspect if you eat a different flavour of a different brand, soup or dry, every day, there will be enough to last throughout all the 365 days in a year.

They even have this very nice instant Vietnamese pho

Vietnamese beef pho

…that I really love a lot. You do not even have to go to Vietnam or drop by some expensive Vietnamese restaurant in the big towns and cities to enjoy this…or something that is not quite as nice even! This was the last packet we had in the house and I finished it off that morning. Now I must remember to check and see if they have any stock at the supermarket at the mall round the corner from my house – if they have, I sure would want to grab some more!

Incidentally, if you are having instant noodles or for that matter, bread or crackers, for breakfast, it is all carbohydrates and by mid-morning you may start to feel hungry already and at times, even jittery. That is why it is best to add an egg or some meat for a bit of protein. I whipped up this platter of hi-protein, low carbs, low sugar…

Luncheon meat, pan-grilled tomatoes & fried eggs

…but unfortunately not low salt for my breakfast that day. This should be filling enough to last till lunch – some may want to throw in a slice or two of toasted bread but no, I wanted to cut down on carbohydrates, – all the hidden sugars and on another morning, I had this platter…

Sausages, eggs & grilled tomato

…substituting the luncheon meat with sausages. Ah well! As they say, variety is the spice of life! LOL!!!

The schools here in Sibu are still closed at this point in time so I do not go here and there for something to eat for breakfast after dropping off my girl at school. That is a lot more convenient and I have a wide variety of things for me to pick and choose and usually, when it is so early in the morning, there are very few people around so physical distancing will not be  a problem. That, of course, means that every morning, I shall have to think about what I am going to cook to start off my day.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

8 thoughts on “Five more minutes…”

  1. Reading this makes me want to retire too…I mean I can’t wait to retire at 60 and enjoy life. 😀 And eat anything that I desire.

    60? I was one of the few who did not opt to retire later. I retired happily at 55 and I am now living on my pension and enjoying my stress-free golden years to the max. 2007, 14 years now!

  2. Yes, I do set my alarm just in case I overslept and miss my morning exercise but most of the time I will wake up before the alarm goes off. Oh boy!!…all the breakfast prepared by you looks good with nice presentation too. That’s the way to go, enjoy life to the fullest especially during your retirement.

    Yes, I do enjoy preparing something for breakfast in the morning and when the presentation turns out great, that will be a bonus – so pleased with myself. LOL!!!

    I do not set the alarm – I go to sleep around 8 or 9, very early and will wake up around 4. It doesn’t matter if I wake up late as I do not have to go to work. Will set the alarm when I have to send my girl to school though – just in case.

  3. The family enjoying the breakfast that you put effort in cooking is the matter most. All your breakfast looked nice, I like them.

    Just a bit of effort for a nicer presentation, will have a better appetite to enjoy to breakfast. Not like the kampua mee at some stalls here, so dirty, so untidy – see, already don’t feel like eating!

  4. Now retired, no more snoozing, can get up anytime I want unless I have early appointments…. so nice to be retired!! As for me, breakfast is a must, only that I have it outside most times. More choices of food in the morning and better appetite… as the day goes by, I eat less and less… hahaha…

    Yes, more interesting to eat outside, so many things to pick and choose, just sit and eat and enjoy…no need to go through the trouble of cooking and doing everything yourself and washing up after all that. If only there is no more COVID-19! I’d rather stay at home and make do with what we have in the house than to take the risk and go out.

  5. I am an early riser and I am awake even before the alarm goes off. Your breakfasts are all so good especially your low carb platters (though not low sodium LOL!). I eat breakfast now because I have been going for walks in the morning and that does work up an appetite! For me it’s usually fried eggs with bread or just the the eggs alone. No time to make awesome breakfast like yours. Maybe once I retire, I can. LOL!

    I’m cutting off bread at the moment – carbs and all the hidden sugars plus all that processed flour.

  6. I value sleep but I hate rushing in the morning. I much prefer a slower pace so get up at five and exercise before I go to work too.

    I’ve retired some 14 years now, I’ve all the time in the world – life is so slow and easy, so very relaxed…no need to worry about getting up early or late.

  7. I am drooling at your homemade breakfast of luncheon meat and egg fried rice and the platter. I do not need to set the alarm as my work is afternoon and night shift so I just wake up on my own around late morning.

    Oh? Interesting. You teach, right?

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