I tried to be Mrs Prep last night – I was perusing blogs, as I do 24/7, and came across Katie’s voluminous oatmeal trick for the billionth time. So, at 11pm, I broke into my oat stash and made a mix of oats and rye flakes (picked up for £1 – reduced – on Saturday!). I followed the recipe, adding in salt, a bit of soya milk, vanilla and cinnamon, and microwaved it for 3 or 4mins, then stuck it in the fridge. Sadly, in the morning, it was basically just a bowl of water still!! No volume had become of it (if that makes sense….). #Fail One. Feeling mystified, I transferred the mix into my usual oat saucepan and decided to cook them like normal. That didn’t work either, they wouldn’t absorb the water!! #Fail Two. It was time to get clever…
I then put the whole load of semi-cooked, semi-soaked watery mess into an individual size baking dish, and topped with a chopped ripe pear, more cinnamon and a drizzle of fruit sweetener:
THEN I baked it at a low heat for 10mins. #Fail Three – no difference in wateryness!! I hoiked the heat up and ignored it all for 20mins – when I came back, it looked like this:
Uh..appetising right? I let it cool for 20mins or so (I don’t like hot oats, lukewarm is just fine thank you!) whilst I ate my way through a butt-load of these:
And then I spooned it all into a bowl with extra milk- for more beautiful presentation, of course
But you know something? It was DELICIOUS!!!!
It tasted JUST like rice pudding!!! I mean like, properly incred! The oats were all creamy and smooth, but the rye flakes (which don’t go mad absorbing like oats) added a great chew. Seriously, like, the best bowl EVA. I have another bowl of weird uncooked watery-ness sitting in the fridge now, so I can recreate the joy tomorrow😀
From disaster to delicious!
Lunch was aaalmost a disaster today too – the morning got majorly sucked away somehow, with car troubles and being put on hold to insurance blokes on the phone for a lifetime & a half. Errrrgo, I had no time to make a proper lunch today, so instead settled on some roast chunks of parsnip and broccoli (they went in the oven at the same time as the fake rice pudding/failed oats mess):
One of those bars which is a) only available in the states, b) I only have one of, and c) have been saving for about 6months, cos once I’ve eaten it, I’ll probably never have another one! But when I was sorting out my (crazylarge) bar stash over the weekend, I realised the use by date was Feb 11. Cue gasping! I could NOT allow this bar to be wasted! So it went straight to the top of my Eat List, and was therefore nabbed this morning in my rush🙂
Hardly part of my Stay Away from Bars for Lunch plan…but the stats are so super and so raw and vegan (oh yes!) that I don’t mind🙂
Pretty good right!?
I ADORE that ingredients list.
The taste was stellar too! Kinda like a cocoa brownie Trek bar, but with crunch from tiny bits of almond, and with a slight…blueberry? taste to it. From (almost) disaster to delicious again😀
Other eats have included yogurt cereal messes and Christmas coffee (& dinner & chocolate, but I have no photos of them):
Wild times right?
Slightly off topic, and 100% unrelated to running, blogging, Brit Chicks, food or health…but I got a new CAR on Sunday, and tomorrow I can begin driving it! Here’s where y’all come in –
I always name my cars – my whole family do. I’ve had Eric the boy car, Erica the girl car [who replaced Eric when he died of old OLD age] and my mum has Bridget and Wayne. My aunt has Desmond, but my new Lady car (who was cheap as chips and bought off of ebay! Aaah the student budget) has NO NAME yet!!!
SO – help me name her! I know I can rely on you lot, cos one of you clever readers named my Vita Mix for me (Vincent). Leave your suggestions in the comments🙂 but bear in mind that the car is small, dark blue and a girl🙂 The prize for getting your name chosen will be…..
– LOVE, lots of love from me
– THANKS (I will be forever grateful. Well, until June at least, then I sell the car again)
– RESPECT. Cos you sure will deserve it.
– If you’re lucky, I might send you a bunch of roses, or a stink bomb, or something equally delightful in the snail mail😛
Soooo what are you waiting for!?
NAME THAT CAR!!!
Question: Do you name your car, or other non-beating heart things?
- Ugly muffins (twice!)
- fill me up cos I’m half empty
- sportsday knickers (twice!)
- brit chick freya romp
- easy way to catch epic monster
- bob the builder font
- kate moss jam (twice. SERIOUSLY what is with these Kate Moss links???)
- dscf5249hef (not quite sure how that made it to my blog…but whateverz. The weird world of the internet for you, I suppose)