(un)Labour Day

I woke up this morning bright and early…who am I kidding? It’s a holiday. I lay in bed for three hours, looking at Stuff On The Internet, until the inevitable melancholy of a lazy rainy day began to nip at the bedspread. I finally oozed out of bed around 11 (shameful), and decided to do my daily yoga to see if it might chase away the blues.

It didn’t. But today is a rain day, in all senses. Nothing to do, nowhere to go, giant sky-buckets of water being dumped upon our roof. A good day to be sad.

What better to eat for breakfast on a blue blue day than oatmeal? Steel cut oats, slow simmered with cinnamon, topped with coconut milk, raspberries, and one perfect apricot.

I must mention that as much as I love Bob’s Red Mill, I can’t sanction his back of the package recipe. Bob kindly requests that you cover your oats while they cook. I kindly decline. If you are like me, and prefer to let your oats cook while you do something else, like yoga or showering or other morning-such things, then Bob’s recipe might net you a puddle of oatmeal soup in your burner from an over-roiling pot. Just add a bit more water and leave them uncovered. Of course, if you like to watch your pots boil, do what you like.

Also, I don’t bother letting the water come to a boil before adding the oats. Maybe with instant oats. But with these, it really makes no difference that I can tell. Dump ’em in with the water, bring it to a boil, then lower it to a simmer, set your timer, and go do something else. Come back 20 minutes later in time for yum.

Now I shall ostensibly tidy.


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