I have been trying to come up with ways to keep up with this new life of mine, which I am loving, but is keeping me very busy. This is the second in a series of posts that will outline a few of the time-savers or simple steps that I have implemented into my routine to make things a tad easier.
I am a bit of a breakfast demon in our household. Not much conversation comes from mummy before her morning coffee (I am like the Cookie Monster, “mmm coffee”) and if a healthy breakfast isn’t quick and easy, it is usually put aside for buttered fruit toast.
After spending way too much money at a local bulk whole foods store including about a kilo of steel cut oats, I went in search for ways of cooking these without having to stand at the stove stirring for 30 minutes at 5.30 on a weekday morning. I have to be out the door around 7.15am so breakfast cannot be a complicated business.
Alas, the internet provided me with many options, one of which was to use a slow cooker (which I do not have – am I the only one?) and the other was doing a quick boil in the evening and then leaving overnight, then reheating the next morning. Finally, I found a source that said that steel cut oats are actually brilliant cooked in bulk and then moistened up with a little milk then reheated on a busy morning. So that that is my plan…
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
2 cups milk
A bit of honey or maple syrup goes down a treat too.
Soak the oats in the water overnight, covered on the kitchen bench top
Place into a small-medium sized saucepan (you will note that the oats will have expanded) then add the milk
Bring to a slow boil and then turn it right down. The soaking should in theory reduce the cooking time to no more than 20 minutes, but just keep wandering by as you go about your business and stir/check/taste until it is at the right consistency.
Scoop out a portion (recipe makes 4-5) and add the maple syrup or honey (or fruit? nuts? go crazy)
Place the rest into your fridge. The next morning you can scoop out another portion, add a splash or two of milk or water and reheat in the microwave or on the stove until warm. Add topings again.
I really love the nuttiness of the steel cut oats and was having a few extra sneaky spoonfuls this morning while washing the pan.