28 June 2009

The Best Oatmeal Ever

I just did something really really well. I'm going to brag about it in this post, and then make you do it too. Here we go.

The Best Oatmeal Ever

I just made the most kick-ass breakfast in a long while, and without a recipe. Note: this is a very rare occurance, since generally I tend to follow recipes rather diligently. But this morning (yes, it's only 9 am, but I've already had this great breakfast and I find it necessary to post about it right away) I woke up to a kitchen with absolutely no food in it.

You see, my parents are out of town, so I (of course) neglected to go food shopping. There is no cereal. No bread. Only 1 egg. No milk. Yeah, it's bad. But, there was oatmeal--albeit only about 3/4 cup, but that's just enough. So I set out to make myself a nice breakfast to eat on the back porch early in the morning, so I could take advantage of the beautiful morning of what will be the hottest day of the year so far (they say it will reach 100º!).

Now, as I mentioned, I like to follow recipes, so I quickly perused TasteSpotting for inspiration for some oatmeal. I came across a couple recipes, but decided in the end to just throw the usual stuff into my oatmeal: toasted nuts, cinnamon, agave nectar, fruit, you know. But here's the kicker: peanut butter!! I guess I missed the boat on this cooking phenomenon, since several recipes I found were incorporating various nut butters into their recipes, but I'm glad I finally did it. It added this amazing bite to the sweet oatmeal and made it heartier and just incredibly fantastic.

Le Petit Prince et de cafe noir

In addition to peanut butter, I chopped up the last white nectarine hanging around the kitchen, toasted some pecans, and swirled in some agave nectar. I brewed up a huge pot of coffee, busted out my favorite bowl and cup (Look! C'est le Petit Prince!!), and sat out on the back porch to enjoy my Sunday morning. Perfect. I am so happy right now.

Now it's your turn. Make this:

Best Oatmeal Bite Ever

Early Summer Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Agave Nectar
  • Pecans
  • White Nectarine (or any old stone fruit)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Boil 1 cup of water. Add oats and salt, bring back to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium and stir occasionally until oatmeal has absorbed most of the water and it's your preferred consistency.
  • Meanwhile, throw a handful of pecans into the toaster oven and toast.
  • Slice up the white nectarine into chunks, and save a few slices to eat while you prepare the rest.
  • Add a few generous shakes of cinnamon and a swirl of agave nectar to the oatmeal. Taste, and adjust accordingly (I sound so professional right now, I'm loving it).
  • Pour oatmeal into your favorite, prettiest bowl. Add a dollop of peanut butter (I added about 1 teaspoon) and incorporate. Top with nuts and fruit and another swirl of agave nectar.
  • Go outside. Eat it all. Drink your coffee or tea. Done and done.



Dusty Banks said...

I love how you used the tag 'oh my god'. What camera are you useing?

Lizzie said...

it's my nikon d80. my baby, love of my life.

Barbara E said...

I want this! Yum Yum Yum

pillepalle said...

Hi L! Inspired by reading this yesterday, I made it for breakfast this morning and it was superdelicious! I used apples and maple syrup instead (because agave nectar doesn't exist in my country). Thank you for the idea!