Monday, January 02, 2006

Blessings for 2006!

A new year...eek! I still haven't finished developing my resolutions from last year, haven't written nor sent Christmas cards, and now the new year has always begun. At least there's nothing better than a warm bowl of oatmeal to start out a winter day:

Easy Weekday Morning Steel-cut Oatmeal

I prefer steel-cut oats, also known as Irish oats. These are the whole oats that have been chopped into pieces, and they have a chewier texture. I find the more common rolled oats (whole oats that are steamed, rolled, and then flaked) to be more gluey and not as toothsome. Although steel-cut oats take more time to cook, I've developed and easy and quick way of getting them done in the morning: using my rice cooker!

To serve 2 people, take a half-cup measure to scoop out the oats into the rice cooker bowl. You can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon or other spices at this time. I then fill the same measure with water, adding a total of 1 1/2 cups water, and then pop it into the rice cooker and turn it on. I do this first thing in the morning when I'm half awake, since no brain work is required, really. I then pad off to the bathroom and go about my usual morning routine, and by the time I'm dressed and ready to eat (about 20 minutes), my breakfast is done!

When you open the rice cooker, there will still be a fair amount of water on top. I just take my rice scoop and fold it into the oats and add raisins, dried cranberries, or other fruit. The excess water always gets absorbed, and then it's read to eat with milk and other goodies. Yum.


Anonymous said...

Whee! Great tip! Mary is also a big fan of Irish oats, but is too impatient to soak them, etc., so we'll definitely have to give this a try.

Happy new year!

B said...

Oh I'm glad! Happy new year!