Friday, September 02, 2005

Breakfast # 6: Oatmeal with Grated Apple

I love cereal-y foods of any kind (except cream of wheat...childhood trauma, and no, I did NOT want to include it in my Childhood Food Memories meme). As I also love breakfast , and the two get along famously, I am a happy camper. Oatmeal is a dish that never fails to comfort me, especially on a rainy morning (and a random rainy afternoon and rainy evening too!).

This is a version I got from Mireille Guiliano's book French Women Don't Get Fat. I know that this book has very mixed reviews. I wouldn't say it's for everyone. Anyhoo, I'm not going to go into a book review here. All I can say is this: It worked for me.

Ok, enough chat, let's get to breakfast. Mireille's recipe is called Grandma Louise's Oatmeal with Grated Apple. It is the one (and only) recipe I have tried from the book and I immediately loved it. It made my already beloved oatmeal even more scrumptious. The apple flavor is subtly infused into the oatmeal and, although it does soften during cooking, it still maintains a tiny crunch which complements the creaminess on the oatmeal perfectly. I have added walnuts to the recipe because: 1. I like them, & 2. I like them. The nuttiness give this dish another dimension and, I think, rounds everything up nicely. I also like topping it with muscovado sugar...I like the dark caramel-y flavor it lends the oatmeal. Plus, I love the way it immediately starts to dissolve into shiny, dark-brown pools of syrup once sprinkled on the warm oats...

Oatmeal with Grated Apple
(from French Women Don't Get Fat with a little additions from me)

- 100 grams old-fashioned oatmeal
- 600 ml water
- a pinch of salt
- 1 medium apple, coarsely grated (use your favorite kind)
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup walnuts, broken up with your hands (I just eyeball it, if it looks nutty enough for you than stop at 1/4 cup), plus a few pieces for your topping
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 80 ml milk (I use full fat...always)
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- muscovado sugar for topping

Here's what you do:

- In a saucepan, mix and bring to a boil the oatmeal, water, and salt.
- Add the apple, walnuts, and lemon juice and cook until oatmeal is done, stirring occasionally (Mireille says to cook it for 5 minutes, but I think that's too short for old fashioned oats. In any case, mine were not done in 5...I think it took around 10 minutes or so).
- Add the milk and butter, give it a few stirs, and take it of the heat.
- Serve immediately with a little-more-than-a-sprinkle (c'mon, be generous, it's breakfast!) of muscovado sugar and some walnuts to top it off.

Note: Where I live, there are more hot, steamy mornings than cold, gloomy ones, so I have actually learned to eat oatmeal cold...and like it too!

newsflash: Nupur at One Hot Stove has posted another scrumptious way to serve up oatmeal called Sunshine Oatmeal (the name itself already sounds so tempting)...take a look!


Mona said...

I've wondered about that book...worth buying?
That oatmeal makes me want to curl up in a blanket during a snowstorm and watch old movies...
Looks like I'll have to wait a few months before I can do that..

celia kusinera said...

That sounds interesting - oatmeal and grated apple - hmmm ... must be scrumptious. :)

Barbara said...

I make this too ( I bought the book while on holiday!) and top it with blueberries (because they are so good for you). I keep frozen blueberries in the freezer and defrost 1/2 cup (recommended daily allowance) of them in the microwave while I'm serving the porridge.

Great photo Joey.

angelika said...

Hi Joey, that`s really mouth-watering.... And you seem to love apples, yes ? ;))) And how I love to read your kind comments on "the flying APPLE"...By the way, I am also such a BIG breakfast lover, and when you have to hurry up at breakfast time the whole day will be spoiled... Your Abu was absolutely right to "teach" you...
kind regards, angelika

Nic said...

Grates apples are a great addition to oatmeal. That photo looks great, too!

Lori said...

Even at the height of summer, I still like my oatmeal hot. :)

deborah said...

mmm you got me at muscavado sugar. goodness that brown syrupy wonderment is lovely to see.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mona li! The book worked for me tremendously...and I actually had fun the whole time (and still do). However, it didn't work for some of my friends. It's more of a "lifestyle" book, than a "diet" it's not very specific, dealing more with concepts, than a specific regimen to follow...which is perfect for me (I can't take to books that tell you "don't ever eat this or that") it has a whole chapter on enjoying chocolate :-)

Hi Celia! It definitely adds something special to a regular breakfast staple :-)

Hi Barbara! I wish I could go the blueberry route (not just for this) but it's very hard to find them here...sounds yummy though :-)

Hi Angelika! I really love fruits (apples included), except for durian (a taste which for the life of me I cannot "acquire"). And yes, food enjoyment must never be rushed... :-)

Hi Nic! Thanks! Yup, they go wonderfully together :-)

Hi Lori! Oatmeal is really best and at it's most "healing" served hot...but I have acquired this unorthodox taste for cold oatmeal :-)

Hi Saffron! Love muscovado sugar! It does the same thing with yogurt (open the yogurt container, sprinkle with muscovado, re-seal, return to the fridge for a couple of minutes, and when you open again it's transformed into runny syrup) :-)

Sirc_Valence said...

I learned to eat Oatmeal cold just by forgetting it in the microwave.


Paz said...

I like oatmeal (and cream of wheat)! I like them hot,though.

Hmmm... Now, I'm interested in Mireille's book.

What's muscovado sugar. I've never heard of it before.

The oatmeal looks good. I love a good breakfast start. Winter is just around the corner and this will be really good to eat during the cold season for me.


ChichaJo said...

Hi sirc_valence! Thanks for dropping by :-) Haha, yes, another way to prepare cold oatmeal...

Hi Paz! Muscovado sugar is an unrefined dark brown sugar with a strong molasses-y flavor. It's a little bit moist and very yummy. It gives baked goods an interesting flavor dimension and it's also great in coffee (this is how my brother likes to sweeten his coffee).

ting-aling said...

Try cooking the apples with a little sugar and cinnamon poweder for about 5 minutes and mix it with your oatmeal with milk..perfect combination.

Nupur said...

Joey, thanks for sharing that recipe! and thanks for leaving the comment on my oatmeal recipe :) I love this apple-and-walnuts variation, and wil try it soon!

Nupur said...

BTW if you would like Molly Katzen's original recipe for Chai Oatmeal, let me know and I will totally mail it to you. The version I had is a shortened version of the original...since you love chai you might want the original recipe.

Midge said...

Hi, Joey. Lovely looking bowl of oatmeal there. A nice alternative would be thinly sliced apple, some toasted and flaked almonds, and a bit of stroop for a dose of intense sweetness!

violet said...

this sounds delicious. i love your meme too. im loving reading everyones answers to that.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ting-aling! Oooh, that sounds good! Will try doing that to the apples next time...Thanks for the tip :)

Hi Nupur! Glad you liked the post! Your version sound lovely too and YES I'd like the Chai Oatmeal recipe (I'll be going over to your blog to post me email addy)...yumyumyum!

Hi Midge! Thanks for the alternate idea :-) That does sound good...I do use my beloved stroop sometimes on my oatmeal...yum!

Thanks Violet! I also enjoy reading the posts about the childhood meme :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh my GOSH that oatmeal looks good.

suze said...

wow that looks yummy! and i love walnuts in anything! interesting combo with apple =)

ChichaJo said...

Hi there Anonymous person! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment :-)

Hi Suze! I love walnuts too! Thanks for your kind words...and thanks for stopping by :-)

tattum said...

Ok, hope you don't mind, I included your link in my blog. this recipe has taken me to a Christmas in Virginia Water, Surrey, with my english cousins, when we were about 7 years old...with the snow, and christmas tree, presents...snif, snif, I wanna go back!! ;)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tattum! Sounds like a lovely childhood memory...Thanks for linking me! :)