Monday, March 9

Irish Goodness...

After admiring this can of oats every single time I walk down the cereal aisle of the market, I decided to give it a whirl. The fact that it is March and a big month for the Irish was a bonus! The verdict is that Irish oatmeal is quite yummy! Little Man likes it a lot! We've been enjoying it with bananas and brown sugar, but I am sure that it would be just as good other ways. When we are finished with the oats, I plan on keeping the can as a planter... it's too pretty to toss!

6 comments:

Arielle said...

Hi! I'm not sure I've commented before, but I love your blog and get great ideas from it.

I'm not sure if you're familiar with the Nourishing Traditions diet, but one of it's tenents is that traditional peoples have always soaked or fermented their grains to make them more digestable and to break down the phytic acid that keeps your body from absorbing all the nutrients. I don't do this with everything, but I soak Irish (or steel cut) oats all the time! Not only does it make them more digestable and healthy, but it makes them cook MUCH faster, so I have time to make them before work for hubby and I.

For two people, I take half a cup of steel cut oats, and add two tablespoons of something acidic. I usually use whey (leftover from making and straining yogurt) but if you don't keep a jar of whey in the fridge, you can use plain yogurt, buttermilk, or even lemon juice. Stir in a cup of warm water, and leave out at room temperature overnight. In the morning, bring the mixture to a boil with another 3/4 cup or so of water and a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until thick and creamy. I often add a little more water and cook some more if it gets thick before it tastes done enough. The two minutes it takes to stir in some whey and warm water at night definitely pays off in the morning!

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Katherine said...

Mat. Emily,

I loved reading your comment last night on evlogia. I can't believe what a small world it is. Mark and Sophia are such good friends of ours. That gives me hope that you and I will be able to meet some day. Honestly, I think I do remember you visiting our parish 2 years ago. My daughter Emily was quite impressed to find a matushka bearing the same name. :)

By the way, the Irish oatmeal is great, isn't it? I read that it is such a great whole grain that it takes your body most of the morning to digest through it (i.e. it really sticks with you and gives you energy all morning). I do love that vintage-looking tin.

Love your blog and am so happy to have found you.

In Christ,
katherine

Mimi said...

I love Irish oatmeal as well.

choirfiend said...

Or, you can get steel cut oats in bulk (at a Wegman's style grocery store, through Red Mill grain products, or perhaps a health food store) and keep the much cheaper bulk grain in the pretty but expensive tin!

Jessica said...

This is one of our *favorites*!!! Awhile back Amazon had an amazing deal on it, so I ordered a few cases. =)

Angela James said...

Emily, how funny, I JUST bought this exact same can of oats about a week and a half ago. I followed a recipe from Alton Brown for the oatmeal and it was super yummy. I think I'll try soaking them as per the commenter above and see how that works out.

I love steel cut oats, it's one of the few reasons I look forward to traveling and staying in hotels--because I can usually get them for breakfast. But I finally decided I didn't want to wait for that and so was going to make them at home. I'm so glad I did!

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