Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Breakfast of champions and other stories

I read a website called Culinate occasionally, and this week I read an article by cookbook author Deborah Madison about hot breakfast cereals. I know it's summer, and not what most people consider "oatmeal weather", but I'm a huge fan of the bowl of warm cooked grains for breakfast, and always looking for something to keep me feeling full until lunchtime. Judging from Ms. Madison's article, steel-cut oats might be the Holy Grail of breakfast cereals I've been searching for all these years.

The oats, rather than being rolled, are chopped, and that apparently makes them take longer to digest, leaving you full for a longer period of time. Bonus: you can cook up several portions at once and reheat each morning with milk and sugar, or nuts, or fruit, or flaxseed, or whatever you fancy. It's going on the grocery list for this coming week.

In other news, we're thinking of getting a Costco membership, now that we have enough space to store a flat of toilet paper or a case of relish or what have you (just kidding. I like relish, but not THAT much). We're going to go take a tour of the store, probably next week, and see if we think it would be worth our while. What do readers think? Is it worth doing for just two of us? (It would help if they sell our brands of cat litter and/or cat food, obviously, but we'll see.)

Finally: this weekend I am trying my hand at ganache finally. I've never made it, but it sounded like the perfect thing to top birthday cupcakes for a certain husband. I will post photos and a report of how it all goes down.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you can figure out how to stop the steel cut oats from boiling over and frustrating the hell out of me. Please let me know. I've tried everything!