Sunday, February 8, 2009

Simple Oatmeal

I haven't had anything to post in a little while. We had a busy week and ate out a lot, and the new recipes I did try ended up in spectacular failure. I had what I thought was a brilliant idea for a caramelized banana dessert, but the result was mushy, salty, and inedible. I even managed to give myself food poisoning with some edamame salad I'd planned to write about. I think it was my peanut oil; maybe I had salmonella for an afternoon.

I wanted to try out Cafe Miranda when we were in Rockland Friday night, but it was booked solid. The overpriced Italian place we tried instead was heavy on meat, with chicken stock lurking in the pasta sauce, so it will go without further mention.

I have lots of blog-relevant things planned for February, including visits to vegan-friendly restaurants and a craft beer festival, experiments with seitan, Valentine's Day desserts, more posts on Maine Food & Lifestyle, and even a new pair of mittens.

Here's an old standby to kick off a better week of cooking and eating:

Sunday Morning Oatmeal

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Boil the water in a medium saucepan. Add the oats and cinnamon and simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency is reached. Serve with any or all of the following:

raisins
dried fruit
nuts
grated nutmeg
brown sugar
maple syrup
tea or coffee
newspaper

Serves 2.

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