Tuesday, December 23, 2008
homely (hōm-lē) adj.; date: 14th C; 1) suggestive or characteristic of a home; 2) being something familiar with which one is at home; 3) a: unaffectedly natural, simple; b: not elaborate or complex
It's like my keys, or my reading glasses or the cup of coffee I just poured. I look all over the house, tearing things apart and blaming everyone but myself for misplacing them. Then I go back to where I started and there they are, sitting innocently in plain sight.
Oatmeal is like that for me. There's always a bag of it in the pantry in case a fruit crisp is called for, but I rarely think of making a bowl of this hearty, stick-to-your-ribs grain for breakfast. It's quick, it's versatile, you can make it sweet (my preference) or savory. You can stir in diced fruit while it's cooking or chop some as a topping. Add cinnamon or nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice and fancy it up. Or just boil some water, toss it in and in five minutes it's done. How obvious is that?
1 c. water
Pinch of salt
2/3 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
Boil water and salt in small saucepan. Sprinkle in oatmeal and reduce to low simmer. When water is absorbed (about 5-10 min.) it's done. Serve with any variety of flavorings like brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, currants, etc. Be creative!
Posted by Kathleen Bauer at 11:36 AM