Sunday, August 30, 2009

Steel Cut Oatmeal!! Nature's Curling Iron or Just Good Stuff?

In an attempt to get me to eat my oatmeal when I was young, my father told me that if I ate it, my hair would become curly. In a desperate attempt to get curly hair, I bought it and willingly choked down the globby stuff for about a week. Alas, it was a lie--a lie, I tell you as this semi-tragic third grade picture attests:

Long after I had exposed the lie, my parents continued to shove bowls full of oatmeal at us every morning. The only way I got through my bowl was to go to the kitchen, take the brick of brown sugar from the box, break it in half and surreptitiously slide it underneath the great steaming gelatinous mound. I would wait as whatever complex scientific properties of erosion went to work and broke down sugar enough so I could choke down the new heavily sweetened mound of gelatinous mass. Then I would run out to the school bus where I would wait for the corners of my vision to darken from the insulin rush occurring inside my body.

Needless to say, I was NOT an oatmeal fan. The only thing I liked was when the box was empty and I instantly inherited a bongo drum with a cool-looking Quaker guy on the front.

Then, I grew up and noticed people buying these:

Well, since I was in the market for a new pencil holder, I thought I would give it a try. Thus, I discovered steel cut oatmeal and found that I did like oatmeal after all.

I make mine in my appliance/best friend rice cooker, but you can also boil water at night, put the oatmeal in the pot, remove from heat and let it sit overnight. OR you can just follow the directions on the can.

I make a big batch, separate it into little containers and just microwave those when I get the urge. Yes, I still do slip a little bit of brown sugar in there, but also some cinnamon, and when I am feeling a little wild, some nutmeg and always some walnuts.

Hope this has inspired you to give steel cut oatmeal a try. I'm happy oatmeal is once again a part of my life. No, it's not nature's curling iron. If your hair is like mine, you won't even end up with wavy hair, but you will get all the nutrients mentioned yesterday and a cool container as well. (It does not work as a bongo drum, but with a couple of spoons and this tin, you might just find you're less of a bohemian and more of a rocker these days anyway.)

Happy Feasting!


Susan said...

I love that picture of you and your straight hair! I also love oatmeal because of you -- I had it at your house and discovered how great it could taste!

Thanks, Betty!

LoisW said...

My cousin gave me a can of that EXACT oatmeal for Christmas, along with an assortment of breads. It was great! Loved this post! You brought back my childhood memories.

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for your comments. You know, leaving comments gives you curly hair....


Happy Homemaker said...

That picture of you looks alot like Sunny Boy at that age! Cute!

Bossy Betty said...

Oh yes, he inherited the hair too!


Anonymous said...

i love oatmeal! i also use cinnamon and nutmeg. in england, they made it w/ milk and butter. yum. i have not been able to replicate that w/ soy milk.

Kara Lybarger-Monson said...

So cute, Gaylene. Mark says my oatmeal has so much brown sugar that it takes like a batch of dough for cookies. Needless to say, I suppose I am still making it like you did as a kid.

Bossy Betty said...

OH! That gives me ideas to add chocolate chips to mine!


Unknown said...

You know what else is good in oatmeal? Dried blueberries (or whatever berry strikes your fancy)!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I just love oatmeal, gelatinous or not... glad you like it now and, hey, LOVE that tin!