The other day it was easy and breezy in Portland and I was missing steamy NY. This is the yin and yang of the journey. As I get farther away from where I’ve been, I am closer to realizing what matters to me. This Portland summer is altogether wonderfully mild… and sometimes that makes me feel complacent and underwhelmed. We’re about to take a plunge and attempt to live in the woods OFF THE GRID for a few months by ourselves. While this is something I have been dreaming about, here I am missing the most urban place on the planet.5 Comments » Keep reading »
Oatmeal has been making my morning. Yes, just oatmeal. The simplest foods are the best without fail. This is oatmeal that has been soaked overnight in water with raisins so that it cooks as quick as the quickest oatmeal and turns a velvety smooth texture from the added acid. The soaking also neutralizes the phytic acid in the oats, making the oats more easily digestible and preventing the acid from robbing your body of minerals. It’s oatmeal that’s brought to a boil and simmers softly for five minutes or so while I stretch and wake my body up with a morning yoga. It’s oatmeal studded with plump raisins, sweetened with a glug of Connecticut maple syrup, and dressed up with a good dose of cardamom and cinnamon. Nestled in a bowl surrounded in a moat of hot milk, it is just oatmeal, inspired by Mom and made by Matt. I couldn’t imagine a better way to wake up.3 Comments » Keep reading »
These scones were baked by Matt in honor of my friend Irene’s birthday, who is a huge fan of cheddar and will partake in a good, savory scone. In addition to a good chunk of cheddar, these lovelies are also stuffed with rosemary, apples, and walnuts. They are crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside, and made only with oat flour, oats, and whole wheat flour, which gives them a much more complex flavor. Matt and I didn’t used to use whole wheat for baking, but now we can’t stand white because we find it to be too bland and cakey. Although we only made the batch Saturday evening, we ate the last two this morning.
This recipe was inspired by the oat scones from my Whole Grain Baking King Arthur cookbook, which we make all the time.3 Comments » Keep reading »