Being able to offer breakfast the morning after a hook-up is a classy move — though, let’s be clear, you are in no way obligated to do so. Cooking up a little morning nosh is a nice way to say “Hey, I think I can stand your presence for another half hour or so, in the light of day.”

But, like any romantic or semi-romantic gesture so early on in a potential relationship, you really don’t want to over-do it. The perfect morning-after breakfast is subtle, but delicious. Here’s how to pull it off.

Step 1: Always Have the Basics On Hand

You never really know when you’re going to find yourself with a hungry relative-stranger in your bed. It’s best to be prepared at all times. I know no one actually shops for groceries until they get married or whatever, but you should be able to keep these 6 things in stock:

1. Eggs
The linchpin. There is no breakfast without eggs.

2. Cheese
It doesn’t matter what kind, but cheesy eggs are automatically at least a little delicious.

3. Onions
It’s easy to throw some sauteed onions in the mix and it will make it seem more like you can actually cook.

4. Hot Sauce
Sriracha, tobasco, or something. Give your surprise guest the option of a little heat.

5. Some kind of bread product
Have something to put in the toaster. English muffins, bagels, half a loaf of french bread — doesn’t matter.

6. Coffee
If you don’t drink coffee, that’s fine, but have some tea besides “sleepytime.” Odds are, you two didn’t get much sleep last night, and you’re going to need a little kick to keep the (potentially awkward) conversation going.

Step 2: Work Fast

Neither one of you has all day here. Or, at least that’s the impression that you’ll both probably want to give. Put in the toast. Chop the onions, throw them skillet with a little olive oil or butter. Crack like 6 eggs in a bowl and lightly beat them. Grate the cheese (or just cut it up into little tiny pieces). By now, the onions should be a little brown. Pour the eggs in, sprinkle the cheese on top, scramble the living heck out of it.

Step 3: Add Additional Ingredients

If you make a point of eating well in general, you’ll end up with some tasty leftovers that you can use to supplement your already-impressive offering. It’s just the two of you, so you don’t need much. A little fresh basil? Some prosciutto in the mix? Half an avocado sliced up on the edge of the plate? Some fresh fruit? A really great breakfast is about variety, and, unlike dinner, it’s okay for the elements to feel a little random.

Step 4: Remember, It’s ‘Whatevs’

The ideal morning-after breakfast shouldn’t feel planned at all. It’s not your anniversary, guys. Your guest shouldn’t feel like you’re going out of your way. The message is “This is just what I had around and I can just whip a delicious breakfast up out of thin air. Because I’m professionally awesome. All the time.”

If you have an inkling that you might want this hook-up to lead to something deeper, you don’t want to come on too strong, but you want to leave your potential BF/GF thinking about you and knowing that you’re probably thinking about them, too. A casual, but delicious morning-after breakfast says all that without you having to open your mouth. Except to shove eggs into it.

Do you usually make breakfast (or have it made for you) the morning after? What are your dos and don’ts? Tell us in the comments.

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