In episode 59 of Build and Analyze Marco and Dan discuss comments on blogs. They seem to agree that in most cases they don’t add anything to the blog and can hurt it. Marco makes a good point about how easy it is to comment on a blog and more importantly to make a crappy comment. If you’ve spent much time reading comments I think it’s pretty clear that this is true. He follows up by saying that these days anyone can start a blog of their own for free with very little effort, so if you have something of value to say in response to a blog post, write a post on your own blog. I don’t like comments and his point reinforces my opinion of them and it has motivated me to try, yet again, to write. Which brings me to the real subject matter at hand. Oatmeal.
Yesterday, Marco posted a photo of his dish rack to instagram (I thought it was on Twitter, but I can’t find it now so it might have been instagram only). It included typical dishes he uses on a daily basis and it made me smile because my dish rack looks similar.. you see, I make coffee and oatmeal almost every morning. I’m even a little bit famous among my friends for my oatmeal. This is how I make it.
- 1 cup rolled oats (8oz)
- 1 1/2 cups water (12oz)
- dried cranberries (unsweetened if you can get them)
- walnuts or pecans
- blueberries (fresh if they’re in season)
- pinch of salt
- lots of cinamon
- real maple syrup
Use a smallish sized pot. I love my pot! It’s a funky yellow, well used, and is nice and hefty in my hand. I bought it 3 years ago at a Salvation Army for 3 bucks.
Bring the water to a boil and dump in the oatmeal. I tend to add the cranberries at the same time since they won’t get overcooked and I’m usually making coffee at the same time and this is faster. Turn the heat down to medium/high or a little lower. If it starts to boil over giving it a stir should keep it from going over the top.
When most of the water is gone, but it isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pot throw in the blueberries. If they are fresh you might even add them after cooking.
Mine is done right before it starts sticking to the bottom. I’ve gotten pretty good at judging this, but still get some sticking to the bottom from time to time.
Put it in a bowl and add everything else. I put a lot of cinnamon in mine and a splash of milk along with the rest. I do a couple variations of this depending on what I have. Apples and raisins instead of blueberries and cranberries is very good, especially if you like the tast of apple pie.
Yum. Serve hot.