It goes without saying that one of the most important items you have to have for breakfast in bed is great coffee. Many people like electronic coffee makers, I say it’s just the two of you, make it the old fashioned way.
This stylish coffee maker is designed by the German designer Tassilo von Grolman. Cafino can be found at Mossonline.com.
My preference is the old fashioned Italian stovetop type. This one from Oliver Hemming’s 66 Collection is simply beautiful.
Because not everyone drinks coffee, have at least one black tea, Lipton or Earl Grey or English Breakfast or Green and at least one herbal, mint, chamomile or a mixed floral.
Buy sliced bread, one loaf of whole wheat and one of sourdough or rye and put them in the freezer (make sure sure you have a toaster). Far and away the best sliced bread I have ever had, and I always have a loaf of in my freezer, is Eli Zabar’s Health Loaf. Toast this bread and spread a little sweet cream butter and all is well with the world.
For those of you who like old fashioned white bread, you are on your own. I left white bread in the dust years ago along with fluffenutter sandwiches. They were great, but our tastes have grown more sophisticated since then.
4 Salt and Pepper
I love the flaky crystals of the Scottish salt, Maldon. I have asked many chefs what their favorite salt is and to a person they all say Maldon is their every day salt.
Eggs, unbroken last a very long time, you might want to do what my dad does, write the purchase date on each egg, they will keep for 6 months. Always best to buy cage free and organic, if possible.
Buy a pound of organic sweet cream butter or unsalted butter, it is better for breakfast, and keep it in the freezer. It lasts practically forever in there.
This is the only item with any real temporal issues, I buy organic low fat milk, which is healthier. As an added bonus it has a much longer shelf life. If you want a very very long shelf life then buy Lactaid, it seems to last practically forever, but I have no idea what’s in it.
8 Sugar and Sugar substitute
Pick your poison, I have organic Florida crystals at home and the “yellow” packets for those who prefer synthetic sweeteners. Choose from the Pink, Blue or Yellow artificial sweeteners and have at least of few packets of one of them. They will all last even after a nuclear holocaust, which is why I stick with the real stuff.
9 Pancake mix and real Maple Syrup
My favorite pancake mix is the Multigrain Pancake mix from Trader Joe’s, it makes fluffy hearty pancakes every time.
10 Oranges, Orange Juice
Of course, what could be better than fresh squeezed orange juice. Either you acquire a small juice press and keep some oranges on hand in the fridge – they do keep quite a while in there – or you find the best fresh frozen organic organic juice (from Whole Foods).
If you are a very lucky man, the woman you choose to be with will be a great cook and can prepare breakfast with the materials laid out in this blogpost. I know, this is wishful thinking. Many women I know do not know how to cook, which always mystified me … until one day when I was living in Los Angeles and preparing an elaborate dinner party for 20 or so friends and I asked my adorable and very slender friend V.M. “Why don’t you or any of our girlfriends know how to cook?” To which she replied, “My mother always told me not to eat, so why would I learn to cook?” And with that I understood so much about my many years in Los Angeles and moved back to New York the following year.
dale b. cohen
new york city