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Breakfast oatmeal served with caramelized figs, toasted walnuts and homemade orange marmalade

Breakfast oatmeal served with caramelized figs, toasted walnuts and homemade orange marmalade

I decided to give oatmeal a try after watching Alton Brown.

Before steel cut oatmeal became part of my daily diet, I had  unsuccessfully tried several instant oatmeal versions. The steel cut variety is actually tasty. The grains are bigger resulting in chewier texture and the flavor is distinctly nuttier. Here is my dessert like version that is tastier than AB’s.

Steel cut oatmeal breakfast recipe (serves 2):

  • Start with 1/2 cup of steel cut oatmeal like McCann’s. Make sure the product hasn’t gone rancid. It is whole grain and the oils can go bad. (4 gm of Fiber per serving)
  • Dry roast over medium heat, stirring frequently. You will hear the kernels pop. Once the aroma is released, add 2 cups of water.
  • Add a pinch of salt and cook without significant stirring for 20 minutes on low-medium heat.
  • Take off the heat, add 1/3 cup Kefir or buttermilk;  2 tsp sugar and stir.
  • In the meantime, toast a handful of walnuts.
  • Serve topped with any combination of chopped bananas, toasted walnuts, dried raisins or cranberries or figs, sprinkled with brown sugar or drizzled with maple syrup or thinned orange marmalade. (Additional 2-3 gm of fiber per serving from bananas, figs and walnuts)

For a special treat, prepare butter sauteed caramelized fresh figs thusly:

  • Cut four figs in half.
  • On a flat surface, place some sugar for dusting.
  • Smear your favorite iron pan with a hint of butter.
  • When the pan is warm, place the fig pieces, one at a time, cut side down on the sugar until it is well coated with sugar.
  • Place the sugared figs, one at a time, cut side down on the warm/hot pan.
  • Cook the figs for a minute or two until the sugar caramelizes.
  • Replace bananas in oatmeal dish with these figs and proceed with rest of the serving.

For those who are lactose intolerant: Kefir usually works better than  store bought buttermilk or yogurt. Home made yogurt that has been soured for 24 hours works fine  – dilute with water for a buttermilk consistency. If you add the buttermilk after the porridge cools down to a comfortable 78-85F, it will deliver live culture to the gut.

For diabetics: I find that oatmeal porridge can soak up a lot of sugar. So, I add sugar on top in form of home made marmalade and I find that I can get away with less overall sugar.  I tried making Mark Bittman’s savory oatmeal in order to reduce sugar from my diet further. That turned out to be a disaster. I have since then figured out a better tasting healthier savory oatmeal but that is for another post.

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