February 06, 2010

Please Sir, May I have Some More?

*This was written after breakfast before all my comments on my new breakfast*

My one regret I have that I did not do before embarking on this new eating adventure, other than not eating at Mo's one more time, was that I didn't have my Doc check my cholesterol recently. I'd like to know how many points it drops by eating like this.

I'm still making an appointment for after it's done to see what it is... as I know the number from two years ago.

About Steel Cut Oats... when you open the can, it looks like hamster food. I'm not kidding. I opened it and thought, "No. I'm going to eat this?"

I don't know what I was expecting either. I think I was expecting twigs.

Anyway the recipe called for boiling it for a minute, leaving it with the lid on overnight and then, reboiling it the next morning for 10 minutes.

Except there is no reboiling. All the hamster food absorbed all the water. In essence, it's a 10 minute reheat.

Except I turned the stove on and then ran to do something, to come back to find Steel Cut Oats and the bottom of my pan had become... ONE.

It was time to serve it up. Looking in the pan it appeared to be brown rice. I quit eating white rice voluntarily about 18 years ago. I buy brown rice boil in a bag, which is probably not much better for you than white rice... it's probably just white rice with a tan.

Anyway, this was the consistency. It was brown rice boil in a bag texture, leaving me with the question:

Fork or Spoon?

I eat my brown rice with a fork, but I pretty much remember Oliver eating his porridge with a spoon. I opted for the spoon.

And I covered it in blueberries and bananas.

Overall, it's bland. It's definitely the stick to your ribbiest food I've eaten since embarking on this new food adventure four months days ago, overtaking the first place spot of peanut butter and whole grain toast.

I can't eat very much of it before I'm over full. That's not a bad thing and that alone may be why this becomes my new breakfast. I definitely think it would be much better with butter and brown sugar. Without the blueberries and bananas, there is a huge choke down effect.

I want to try this with peaches and strawberries. I can see eating it with seasonal fruit.

Wednesday's post will be on the positives I'm seeing... as there are many.

As for the title of this post, it couldn't be any other title now, could it?

Posted by Boudicca at February 6, 2010 08:30 AM

I want to hear the benefits so far. I can't really give up caffeine unless I want a headache that will last for over a week (trust me this would be one that would have me in bed with a bucket beside it, not just sitting at my desk wishing Ibuprofen would work). So I've never taken my change in diet to the same level you've managed over the last few days. However, I'm always glad to hear when this works for someone.

Posted by: Teresa at February 7, 2010 10:10 PM

I love steel cut oats & your post made me want to gag. I promise there is a better way.

Boil 3 cups water (or 1.5c water + 1.5c milk) w/ a pinch of salt. Add 1 c. steel cut oats. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook about 15-20 min, stirring occasionally (more often if using milk...so it doesn't scald on the bottom of the pan). Remove from heat & let stand 2-5 min.

I always use half water & half skim milk at a 3-1 liquid-to-oats ratio, and I often add some combination of brown sugar, pure maple syrup, pecans, cinnamon, and flax seed when I add the oats. It's actually quite delicious.

I don't like the recipes that tell you to let it soak overnight because it tends to absorb all the water and be too dry. When you just boil it longer, the texture ends up closer to old-fashioned oatmeal than rice. I often make a large batch & reheat in the microwave by the bowlful with a splash of milk for the next few days, too.

Posted by: MonicaC at February 8, 2010 11:13 PM