Monday, August 16, 2010

His and Hers

My new favorite thing right now is over night oatmeal in a jar.  I'm hesitant to call it oatmeal (even though it is clearly made from oats) as you don't cook it and it's served cold.  It's more like how I imagine porridge.  But don't be dissuaded by either name because whatever you choose to call it it's delicious.

I started out making this dish with banana.  The ultimate variation would be peanut butter and banana.  But tonight I made a peach version to use the beautiful fresh peaches we picked up from a local orchard this weekend.  

Overnight Peach Porridge (cause "porridge" just sounds better here)
The basic:
1/2 cup raw oats (I use traditional Quaker Instant, because that's what I have)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (regular milk or half and half would also be delicious)
1/4 cup yogurt (I've been using Fiber One Vanilla and it's wonderful! The perfect amount of sweet.)
1 tbsp ground flax seeds

The add ons:
1 tbsp. peach butter (like apple butter, dark and tangy, but I bet peach preserves would work too)
1 fresh peach, diced

Combine first 5 ingredients in a jar or resealable container.  Mix well.  Top with fruit.  Cover and refrigerate over night.  Eat and enjoy!  I just can't express how fresh and delicious this is.  I've been taking it to work for lunch and look forward to it all morning.

And like I mentioned above, you can vary your add ons - like, 1/2 banana mashed into the oatmeal and 1 tbsp of peanut butter.  Or honey and walnuts.  Or blueberry preserves and fresh blueberries.

Tonight- I made one for me and one for my husband.  For his, I doubled some of the portions- the oats, milk, and yogurt, and peach butter, but left everything else the same.
Mmmmmm.  I'm already excited for tomorrow!

Summer Harvest

I never got to use any of the cilantro I planted this year as I was too inexperienced to know that it didn't last long.  I looked up, "how and when to harvest cilantro leaves" only to learn that they had already bolted and I was better to sit tight and wait for seeds.  Who knew.  Tonight I googled, "how and when to harvest cilantro seeds" and learned that how was pull them off, and when was right now. 

Cilantro seeds, for those of you that may not know as I did not, are ready as soon as they start to turn brown.  That seemed a little abstract to me but when you look closely enough there is a definite lightening of some of the seeds and those lighter ones come off much more easily than the bright pea green seeds.

I am sure I will smell like cilantro for days. But I did get a little bag full, and there is still at least half as much that was not ready to come off.  Those stalks I placed in a vase with some water as I had already chopped them down.