Fried bacon. Roux made from white flour and bacon fat. Silver fork scraping against a cast-iron skillet. Milk passing through a slotted wooden spoon. Salt, cracked pepper to taste. Hard-boiled egg, the yellow of the yolk. The bird-shit color of the burnt yolk. Ash-gray on golden crust, flecks of black. White crockery with a blue circle around the rim.