I just wanted to thank everyone for making Foodie Mordi’s Grand Opening so great! I am happy to get this blog rolling, and I am so excited to start working on some of my new ideas! As I mentioned on Thursday, during the Grand Opening, whoever earned the most points would receive an Amazon Gift Card! There were a couple of people who were neck and neck, but P.Smayker earned the most points! Contact me within 24 hours and you will receive the gift card! Congratulations!
To everyone else, keep following all my posts. I have plans to give away more prizes in the future, so you will have another chance to win!
Just a side note, there are always going to be those awkward blunders that we bloggers make… usually just a lack of proper typing… or proper proof reading. Like that time when I posted pictures everywhere to announce the Grand Opening of my blog on 10.10.15. Maybe you didn’t notice either, but it wasn’t until after the Grand Opening of my blog that I realized we are still in September. Hello, September is only the 9th month of the year. Oh well, if there is a sudden peak of viewers on October 10th I will definitely know why!
Going back into my photo archives I found this recipe that was never posted; Steel Cut Oatmeal. I actually have a big old scar on my arm from the morning when I took this picture. I was reaching up on the shelf to grab this bowl, which was nested with a few other bowls and plates. As I was pulling it down, a few of the dishes slipped of the shelf, and I tried to catch them so that they wouldn’t hit the counter or floor and break. Fortunately they didn’t hit the counter and floor… unfortunately they hit each other in mid air and broke any way, slicing my arm in the process.
Limi was super helpful in helping me clean up the cut, since I almost passed out when I looked at it. Good thing I didn’t do nursing school! My neighbor was a nurse though, so he came over to look at the cut and make sure I didn’t need stitches. The first thing he said when he saw the location of the cut was, “Now in the ER I have to ask patients if they did this on purpose…” Oh great! I practically became a self-inflicted-harm suspect over a bowl of oatmeal! But it was worth it. I sat and ate this delicious bowl of oatmeal while I tried to recover from unfortunate mishap.
Steel Cut Oatmeal is my favorite type of oatmeal! I tried a few different ways of cooking it – in the crock pot, coconut milk, extra water, etc. This was the version that I liked best. It makes tender oatmeal, but keeps each grain individual. It isn’t just oatmeal mush.
We put a lot of different toppings on our oatmeal. This picture obviously shows apples, almonds, cinnamon and honey. We also like blueberries, peaches, coconut, and raisins. Although Steel Cut Oatmeal takes a long time, I always start them on the stove and leave them to cook with a timer. Half way through the cooking, and 5 minutes before it is done, I stir the oatmeal. Other than that, it is not a demanding breakfast to make.
I got my oats from my mom’s food storage, but you can get Steel Cut Oats on Amazon too. If you are health conscious, I also like to soak my oats the night before. I put 1 TBS Buckwheat Flour and 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar in the oats, then cover it all with water and soak overnight. This helps break down the phytates in the oatmeal. If you don’t know about phytates, they are acids in grains that help naturally preserve the grain for storage. However, when it comes to digesting the grains, the phytates prevent your system from absorbing all the nutrients. Thus, soaking the oatmeal in this way helps you utilize all the nutrients of this grain.
6 cups water
Pinch of Salt
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 gala apple, chopped
1/3 cup almonds, chopped
Combine the oatmeal, water and salt in a pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to medium heat to simmer. Let the oatmeal simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the water is absorbed, and the oatmeal is tender, mix in the honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Serve, topped with apple and almonds.