Oh oatmeal, how much I love you.
If you’ve known me for any length of time that will come as no surprise – but since I’m new to these parts I figured we may as well get that out of the way now. It’s warming and filling and comforting and since at its most basic recipe it’s very plain, there are so many ways to dress it up. Although my most classic version involves melty banana and peanut butter, I’m always game for trying a new twist.
Sophie Dahl’s “Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights” is probably my most favorite cookbook ever. I love the stories she tells, I love the beautiful photos that accompany each recipe and I love her overall foodie philosophy for life. There’s lots of healthy seasonal veggie and fruit-heavy dishes, with a nice balance of meats and sweets to round things out.There’s a line in her book that is so perfect I’ve even copied it down in my notebook to reflect back on:
Just please don’t ask me, “How do I get a six pack?” Because I will respond as I do now, by saying, “My darling, I have absolutely no clue, nor the inclination to find out.” Happy eating.
Amen sister. When I spotted this recipe I just had to give it a go…for in all the years I’ve been making oatmeal this combination was totally new to me.
Oatmeal with Apricots Creme Fraiche and Honey <- recipe here
I chopped the apricots into quarters and stirred them right into the oats, then topped the finished mixture with a dollop of creme fraiche and a drizzle of Mapleside Farm’s Ohio honey.
What a delight! The little apricots added a nice chew to every bite, while the creme fraiche and honey melted into a lovely pool of soft, sweet creaminess over top. A somewhat healthy, somewhat indulgent breakfast that makes for the perfect I’m-so-sick-of-New-Years Resolutions-and-it’s-only-the-middle-of-January treat :). Enjoy!