My Paul. Cooking is just not his thing. When we were first dating, he made Mac and Cheese – I didn’t have the heart to tell him that the pasta isn’t supposed to be that soft. And his burnt grilled cheese was less than desirable. And no, you probably don’t want to mix the left over fish curry with the left over spaghetti and meatballs. Oy.
(He can, however, mow the lawn, build furniture, do a mean load of laundry, clean bathrooms, produce an awesome video, and has saved us thousands of dollars over the years fixing electrical and plumbing problems. So I’d say it’s more than a fair trade!)
There is one thing, though, that he makes quite well. Steel-cut oatmeal, of all things. He sometimes makes it for the kids on the weekends, usually adding in dried fruit and pecans. They love it.
This last time, I took control (big surprise) and gave it a different twist. A dessert-like twist (another big surprise)…and wanted to marry myself. I could eat this every single day of my life. Breakfast never tasted so good!
Chocolate-Almond Steel Cut Oatmeal
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
• 1 cup Steel Cut (Quick and Easy) Irish Oatmeal
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1 large ripe banana, sliced
• 1/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds
• 1/4 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate
• 1/4 cup heavy cream
In a medium pot, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add oats and salt; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder and brown sugar.
Divide among 4 bowls, topped with sliced banana and 1 tablespoon each of heavy cream, almonds, and chocolate pieces.