Saturday, January 17, 2009

Quiet Morning

I made it to bed around 10:30 last night after watching a bit of a rodeo on TV with The Beanpole. No, neither of us are regular fans, but when we saw that one of the riders' names was Howdy Cloud we had to stop and watch the "bucking bull boogey dance" as the gem of an announcer called it. I don't know what time The Beanpole came to bed last night but I was actually up and awake 2.5 hours before him this morning! That never happens. I started off with another hot mug of water with lemon juice and a book. It's so nice to enjoy a slow Saturday morning with a comforting drink, a book, and total silence. What a treat! It wasn't long before I got hungry though, so I whipped up a repeat of yesterday's oatmeal.

The melty chocolate chips can't be beat! After doing a couple chores around the house I still wasn't quite hungry enough for lunch but wanted to eat lunch early enough to fit in another yoga practice this afternoon in time to shower and get pretty for tonight. I put together yet another leftover lunch of rice and dal makhani. Yes, I've gotten THREE big servings out of one order. It's kind of scary that this is considered a serving and now I have a perfect retort when The Beanpole laughs at me for ordering off the kids or senior menus when we go out since they're typically a little bit smaller. The dal makhani is finally gone! I also added some sauteed spinach today and had a last minute inspiration that really pepped it up - recipe below.

Sauteed Spinach
Spinach as desired, woody stems removed
Golden Raisins (to taste)
Garam Masala (to taste)

Spray pan with cooking spray and heat over medium. Add spinach, sprinkle with garam masala, and add golden raisins.

It's a little spicy, a little bitter, and a little sweet. I've found that I need a little of everything to be happy with a meal. : )

Tonight we're going out for sushi and then meeting some friends for Korean Karaoke!


Jane said...

how do you make your oatmeal? Do you make it plain and then flavor it? It looks so good that I could lick your blog.

LoraBB said...

AH! You could have hot fresh oatmeal ready in the time it takes to lick the screen - well, almost. : )

I typically use a combo of rolled and steel-cut oats for texture and a banana. That's what makes them soo good. The base is usually:

1/3 cup mixed oats
1/3 water
1/3 milk
pinch of salt
2-3 drops vanilla extract (sometimes, if I'm in the mood)
1/2 banana, very thinly sliced

I just dump everything up to the banana in a pot, heat it up stirring occasionally, and then add the banana after 3-4 minutes and stir vigorously. I like to use the other half to top it, and then whatever else I'm in the mood for that morning. So tasty, and it only takes about 5 minutes!

Jane said...

So you don't add anything to sweeten the oatmeal? Isn't it bland?

LoraBB said...

Hardly! I usually do a sweeter oatmeal (as opposed to savory, like the egg post from the other day) and when I do I put in a couple drops of vanilla. Plus you get a TON of sweetness from the banana and whatever you put on top! I look at the oatmeal part as a vessel for the goodies on top, which is why I like to put a couple different things on it. It gives variety of texture AND flavor. Try this and you'll never go back to the instant oatmeal - it's so overly sweet and gritty, but this stuff is creamy, and sweet. I try to bring in sweetness through fruits, etc, rather than through a lot of processed sugars.

Jane said...

Sounds easy. Where do you recommend getting the oatmeal you make? Is there a brand you prefer?