I awake early to a dark and cold house.
Downstairs, I flip the switch on the gas fireplace in my living room. I am rewarded with heat and light.
I keep the blinds closed. There is nothing inspiring about looking out into the dark.
Breakfast is a gift today
I reheat some of the overnight oatmeal I made earlier in the week.
I recall my dear friend who shared the recipe.
She is intelligent, beautiful and funny.
She bears a striking resemblance to Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada but with a kind heart and generous soul.
It has to be said that while I am coping with the February weather she has been in Southern California enjoying life before heading to Mexico for a month!
Meanwhile I shiver and eat hot oatmeal!
Her recipe has been posted on my inner kitchen cabinet door for years.
Steel Cut Oats Overnight
1 cup oats
4 cups water
1 tsp cardamon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Bring to boil, put a lid on it, leave overnight.
This is so easy that I never have an excuse to not make steel cut oatmeal.
I store it in individual bowls so that I can pop a single serving into the microwave.
My friend enjoys her oatmeal with chopped nuts, milk and maple syrup.
I also add or substitute, at times, blueberries, chia seeds, currants and a tablespoon of Bliss peanut butter.
Eggs on oatmeal?
Speaking of oatmeal…
A gym buddy cooks her oatmeal in chicken broth and then serves it with a poached or soft boiled egg.
I tried it and it tasted great. The texture bothered me so I returned to my traditional oatmeal dish.
I like poached or soft boiled eggs over quinoa or over toast.
The microwave just beeped.
Time for some hot oatmeal and a cup of coffee before heading to the gym.
Happy day from Portland, Oregon!!