I am not a morning person, ergo I do not make as much effort towards breakfast as I should. In fact, I don’t want to even think about it so I grab some oatmeal or a yogurt with fruit and a little granola – pretty boring.

I may be smiling, but I’m not a morning glory

Maybe that is why my eyes nearly bulged out of my head when I got a load of the enormous breakfast buffet at our hotel in Bali.

 Breakfast buffet

Dragon fruit, pineapple, watermelon, jackfruit, yogurt, and passion fruit

The fruit alone is enough to make you think you died and went to heaven. Fresh juices of everything you could imagine, all the usual suspects plus fresh mango, papaya, watermelon, mandarin, pineapple, or strawberry juice every morning followed by (my favorite) mangosteen, dragon fruit, jackfruit, baby bananas, passion fruit and the list goes on.

Mangosteen


Dim sum

Then you had a choice of an Eastern or Western style breakfast, or you could make a complete oinker of yourself and have both.

Chi Chi scrambled eggs in their shells with caviar

Traditional scrambled eggs

Of course there were eggs of every style including lobster omelettes, eggs Benedict, delicate scrambled eggs in their shells sprinkled with caviar, or more traditional versions. Also there to tempt, decadent oatmeal brulee, lacey upright crepes, fluffy buttermilk pancakes and waffles (almost as good as my Auntie Vera’s), and my favorite – the croissant french toast with cinnamon butter and apricot-lime marmalade.

Croissant French toast


Dressed up lacey crepes

Every morning for the next few months (as I try to undue the damage) I will probably be cursing the brilliant pastry chef for the amazing array of pastries baked fresh each day. Buttery flakey croissants and Danishes, dounoghts, banana bread, muffins, and bagels with homemade jams to choose from. Thankfully, Tatjana and I got a great head start swimming in the massive lagoon pool most mornings.

Danish


Swimming in the massive lagoon pool

I have to admit the urge to snack throughout the day was enormously diminished by the delectable treats, and I should probably put more effort into making breakfast every day. Of course the tropical selection of fruit will never be quite the same at home. Is it my imagination, I admit I am lazy in the mornings, or does it always taste better when someone else makes breakfast?

AUNTIE VERA’S BUTTERMILK PANCAKES & WAFFLES

SERVINGS: 4

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup flour
4 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use canola) plus 1-2 tablespoons extra for making pancakes
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 scant teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
melted butter for serving
maples syrup for serving

DIRECTIONS:

1. Stir flour, salt, and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl. Mix in egg, oil, and buttermilk. Add baking soda and mix until smooth.

2. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil starts to form ridges, drop a large spoonful of batter into the hot oil. Repeat 3 more times, keeping ample space between pancakes to keep them from running together. When the batter begins to bubble, carefully flip the pancake to brown on the other side, about 2 minutes per side.

4). For waffles, preheat the waffle iron, spoon in about 1/4 cup of the buttermilk dough, close and cook until the browned as desired, about 4-5 minutes.

5). Serve hot with melted butter and maple syrup as desired.

SERVINGS SUGGESTION:

Crispy bacon and sausages.

VARIATION:

Sprinkle pancakes with blueberries as pancakes begin to bubble (just before flipping), and cook as you would plain pancakes. Berries will burst open a bit and turn purple. Serve with blueberry syrup instead of maple (although maple is good with them too).

This post was first published on September 5, 2011.

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  • September 5, 2011
    11:00 am

    First, that looks AMAZING. Dim Sum for breakfast sounds like HEAVEN. And all the sweets? Bliss.

    Second, for the uninitiated, can you describe what mangostein tastes like? I don’t think I’ve ever even seen that fruit before! Where might I find one if I wanted to try it?

    • September 5, 2011
      11:00 pm

      You would most likely need to go to your local Asian market to find them. You can find pertinent info on them here http://thaifood.about.com/od/introtothaicooking/ht/mangosteenhowto.htm.

      They reminded me of huge lychees (which are also huge favorites of mine) in texture and taste. Get some quickly as the season for them is ending now.

  • September 5, 2011
    12:17 pm

    What is the name of your hotel in Bali ?Looks fabulous !

    • September 5, 2011
      11:06 pm

      St. Regis in Nua Dusa – it was gorgeous. I think I’m in withdrawls from missing that fabulous lagoon pool. Best pool I’ve EVER seen. You could swim for at least half an hour without having to turn around to do another lap.

  • September 5, 2011
    6:48 pm

    It’s 9:46pm here in Jersey City. And I want BREAKFAST, lol!! How the heck do you choose from all of those insane options?!?

    My daughter, Raven, is a fellow foodie and is partial to anything with maple syrup. I’ll be trying out Auntie Vera’s Buttermilk pancakes. Looks like I’m going to the supermarket tonight…

  • September 5, 2011
    11:08 pm

    Still my favorite pancake and waffle recipe by far. They taste like my childhood, and I do think of Vera every time I have some.

  • September 5, 2011
    11:12 pm

    Hotels in Asia offer really fabulous cuisine for every taste; I’ve spent two weeks of vacation in a hotel in the German speaking region of Italy and I regretted it so deeply because food really sucked…lovely post Jewels pls if u can post more pics..

  • September 5, 2011
    11:19 pm

    Here I am constantly whinging I want to travel more, but I don’t know about loving jet lag so much this week after 44 hours in the air. Yikes, I’m not even sure what planet I’m on.

    Agreed – hotel food was fabulous in Southeast Asia! My only regret is that it caters so much to foreigners that you don’t get much of a feeling for the local cuisine. I was hoping to do a cooking class while there, but it was fully booked for weeks in advance.

    • September 6, 2011
      6:13 am

      oh my e-mail you mean? It’s a typical choice by someone who does not get to travel much…to my regret

  • September 6, 2011
    8:44 pm

    All that amazing fruit! I would feel like I was in heaven. I think I’m going to have to treat myself to Auntie Vera’s pancakes! Instead of syrup, I like to put on some fresh fruit and yogurt. Haven’t had pancakes in years, at least 5-7, so I think I deserve a little treat.
    It’s wonderful to hear that you and Tatjana had such a wonderful time! Making memories is what vacations are all about. That, and spending time with loved ones.

  • September 7, 2011
    2:59 am

    OK Jewels I had to look up mangosteen to see exactly what it was. How did it taste?

    The food preparation is amazing. I can’t help but think of the work that went into it.

    The lagoon pool is dreamy.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

    Melinda

  • September 7, 2011
    9:23 am

    I just drifted away looking at those photos. What a stunning place, and with such amazing food! I hope you and Taj had a wonderful trip and celebration of her 25th. Bali looks like the living equivalent of “Calgon, take me away!!!” What hotel were you at? My husband kind of botched my 40th (luv him anyway), but I’d like to file the name away into the female-specific brain compartment known as “You owe me, buddy!”

  • September 11, 2011
    7:29 am

    soooo yummy Julie! I want to punch my monitor to get the food you post!! damn! :) I love reading, eating your post!!! yum yum yum! Thanks!