Oatmeal ideal for winter weather
Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 8:02 pm
The arrival of winter necessitates a hot breakfast to start the day off right. Perhaps no breakfast food is more synonymous with warmth than oatmeal. A steaming bowl of oatmeal can make even the harshest winter weather that much more tolerable. This winter, warm up with the “Best Oatmeal Ever” courtesy of Rebecca Katz’s “One Bite at a Time” (Celestial Arts).
Best Oatmeal Ever
1 cup rolled or steel-cut oats
11/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup dried cranberries, cherries, raisins, currants or a mixture
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger or grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/4 cup organic milk or soy milk (optional)
Chopped toasted almonds or a dollop of Fruit Compote for garnish
Place the oats in a pan or bowl with water to cover and add the lemon juice. Soak overnight. Drain through a fine-mesh sieve and rinse well under cold water.
In a four-quart pot, combine the oats, 2 cups water and the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cover. Decrease the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the dried fruit, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
The oatmeal will become very creamy as the water evaporates. Add the maple syrup and milk and stir. For less-moist oatmeal, leave the lid off for the last 3 to 4 minutes of cooking.
Serve in a colorful bowl; garnish with toasted nuts or a dollop of compote.