Everyone seems to be in some stage of de-cluttering, down-sizing, and reorganizing these days. I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions for many reasons, not only because those imposing promises made to myself on […]
“Diabetes is a lousy, lousy disease.” Elaine Stritch The World Health Organization is on a mission to raise global awareness of diabetes. Today has been designated World Diabetes Day. The WHO statistics are sobering: 347 million […]
“Considering that food is a requisite of human survival and well-being and a fundamental human right…” Resolution 1/79 World Food Day Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations October 16, 2013 was World Food […]
“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.” Sydney Smith, A memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith Those who […]
It’s official! I’m on the committee for the collection of organic matter. This was not my intent when I agreed to attend the first meeting of the trial program that would be implemented in our […]
A couple of years ago, I attended a conference held at a 5-star hotel, downtown Vancouver. It was an early morning start so breakfast was provided buffet style. You can imagine the enticing display of cinnamon buns, croissants, fruits and yogurt. But the main draw was the oatmeal – looking amazingly expensive in its silver bowel with an ornate lid. By the time I arrived, people were already going back for seconds. How could oatmeal, known for its frugal nature, taste so good? It was the elegance of having raisins, sliced almonds, brown sugar and cream to go along with this home-style food.
The oatmeal was a reminder to me of those winter mornings when I lived in northern Manitoba many years ago. Breakfast had to be hot, filling and energizing. After all, we walked to school in -45 degree temperatures. Whether Fahrenheit or Celsius, the cold was bitter and relentless. Vancouver’s mild winters have made me soft. I shiver when the temperature reaches 10 degrees Celsius (without the minus in front of the number).
Regardless of the temperature difference, breakfasts of hot oatmeal fits in both locations. Using our faithful crock-pot, it doesn’t take long to come up with a 5-star breakfast. My recipe is simple: 1 cup of oatmeal, 3 – 4 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. You add the sophistication with raisins, cranberries, walnuts or almonds. The cost is pennies – the warmth priceless.
“You have to eat oatmeal or you’ll dry up. Anybody knows that.”
Kay Thompson (November 9, 1908 – July 2, 1998)
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I was 35,000 feet above the solid earth on the sky road to London, September 2010. This was the time and place where I decided to become a vegetarian. My kitchen was thousands of miles away, […]