I am heading off to OR to visit my in-laws, I will be back next week. With all my posts about saving grocery money, I thought I would leave you with my version of oatmeal.
It may seem silly to add all these ingredients to the oatmeal, when you could just add it when you eat it. But it seems to me it would be better to infuse the oats with flavors, instead of covering them. I find also by adding some sugar, my girls use less syrup.
2 cups rolled oats, not instant, I use thick
1 ½ cup milk
2 ½ cups water
1/8 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ground fresh nutmeg
1/2 tsp. grounded ginger
1 tsp. vanilla extract or half of vanilla bean
Put all ingredients in large stock pot and bring to boil, add oats and turn down to med-low. Slowly simmer till oats are soft. Probably 15-20 minutes. If oats get too dry add bit more water.
While oats are cooking toast chopped pecans in oven, at 350 for 5-8 minutes.
Serve oatmeal with toasted pecans, chopped dried figs and dried pears, a dash of fresh maple syrup and oh what the heck, some heavy cream !!!!