When I take the time to make oatmeal for breakfast it really makes me feel I am getting a great start to the day. It makes me feel great. Having a good breakfast is very important to me, mentally and physically. Oatmeal is great, because it is good for you, easy to make, and you can add so many different flavours. When I say oatmeal, I really should say porridge, because I don’t always make it with oats. Sometimes I will add quinoa, amaranth, spelt or kamut. This opens up a whole bunch of other possibilities and variety to your breakfast.
My go to are either steel cut oats, or whole oat groats. Whole oat groats are less common, but they can be found at most health food stores or places that sell grains in bulk, or ‘en vrac’ as we say in Quebec. Whole oat groats are just what they sound like, the whole oat. They do take a lot longer to cook, but with the method I am about to share with you they will take the same amount of time as steel cut oats in the morning. Continue reading
Memories of Oatmeal
I remember making oatmeal as a child. It involved opening up a little package of flavoured Quaker instant oats, putting it in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them. Not the best way to make oatmeal. I think the flavours were maple and brown sugar, peaches and cream, apple cinnamon and something with raisins. Not what I call a healthy breakfast. I used to love my flavoured Quaker instant oats when I was 8 years old.
I also have great memories of eating oatmeal at my grandmother’s house. I would wake up in the morning and it would already be ready since she would wake up at 5 am or something like that. I would park myself in front of the TV for cartoons and oatmeal. I loved it. however I remember covering my bowl of oatmeal with refined white sugar, dairy milk and some tasty raisins.
I think I went years without eating any oatmeal/porridge. Until I discovered Jamaican porridge. I used to eat lunch at this Jamaican Food spot called Mitch’s island grill. Tiny authentic amazing jamaican place. More of a food counter than a restaurant. Mitch used to make a different kind of porridge every morning. Cornmeal, banana etc. You had the choice of getting fried dumplings to dip in it. Also probably not the healthiest breakfast but good.