Monday, August 27, 2018

Overnighting oats

Like there is not enough photos of other people's food going around, I bring you photos of my overnight oats!

I have seen recipes for overnight oats floating around for ages, but never really tried it. I usually cook my oats like porridge on the stove top, it gets a bit stodgy. On my trip to Glenelg a few months back, I thought I'd try it as I was staying in a motel with no cooking facilities (it did have a microwave). Easy breakfast. It was great.

I much prefer this way, when I remember to put it in the fridge the night before. No fancy mason jars, just a plastic storage container with a lid. It all softens overnight, not stodgy at all. The fruit plumps up and the seeds and nuts soften up. All the flavours mix together nicely.

I don't like it cold, so I take it from the fridge and warm it up a bit in the microwave.

I add a little bit of black molasses and mix it through. It's super high in iron and magnesium. 

I am not one to measure what goes in, just chuck in whatever I have. This is what I used this time:

  • Rolled oats
  • dried apricots, cut up
  • dried figs, cut up
  • pumpkin seeds
  • slivered almonds
  • LSA mix
  • water to just cover ingredients
It's become one of my go to breakfasts, when I don't feel like poached eggs on toast! Poached eggs on toast is my fave.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Oh for the flowers.

It is wonderful to be sharing here this week. It is wonderful to know I am missed. 

Life has been busy, if not overwhelming. Work is busy, home life is busy, with kids and all the other things that happen, like swimming lessons, haircuts, helping number one son.

Mother hen has gone to the cup, and it has been empty pretty well. Without much of a chance to replenish, I have been making an effort to be selfish and do things for me. Take time out for the things I need, to make me feel like me again.

I coached my first school group at gymnastics. It was a small town school so a whole school group under 15 kids, was a good way to cut my teeth. I was nervous as hell, but it went well! Always the way, stressing for nothing. I also had a kindy group of 26 this week, which seemed hectic but turned out all good. That many four and five year olds is like organising a heard of cats! 

Amongst all the things, the garden keeps on giving me gems, something to cut through the coldness of winter. I planted anemone corms a couple of months ago, and now they are giving me most beautiful flowers and colour.

It's coming around that time when winter wares out it's welcome. The cold antarctic wind can bugger off now. Moral is low, we all need a dose of sunshine and some defrosting northern winds.

I went out yesterday to capture the plover babies that roam around our cul-de-sac. The most gorgeous fluffy little things, that huddle in warmth under their mothers. I didn't see them out, but was reminded that spring is moments away, with two wattle birds courting in the gums trees above me.

Foggy mornings usually bring the sunny winter days, two more weeks and I look forward to the sun coming into it's own and basking in it's warmth. I look forward to the garden in all it's glory. 

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