Ok, so time for the New Year's Resolutions. One of mine is to post more recipes on my blog. I started this last year. My Foodie Fridays, but I haven't made time this kind of thing since that first post. So today, I have decided to start the year with one of my favorite ways to start the day. Brenda's Perfect Oatmeal. I know, this is an arrogant name for anything, but really, I've been working on this for a while now and I believe I have hit upon the perfect flavor combination for oatmeal. A little of the back story. I have hated oatmeal my entire life. I don't like the texture. More specifically, I can't stand the texture. I hate oatmeal. But as I am trying to eat healthier, live better, etc. I have finally been convinced of the good that comes from starting your day with breakfast. I've always been more of a two meal a day kind of person. Lunch and dinner. Experts say you are supposed to east six small meals a day, but I haven't made time for that change yet. Right now, I'm doing good with three. Eating breakfast really does seem to help, and it has become my meal for fruit. I don't eat a lot of fruit. But fruit helps change the texture of the hated oatmeal. So here it is, how to make Brenda's Perfect Oatmeal. Take half a cup of old fashioned thick rolled oats. Put them in a medium microwave safe bowl and add 1 cup of water. The directions on the package tell you to cover while cooking for five minutes. I don't do this. Every time I cover and cook it spills over and I have a mess on my hands. So rather than covering mine I leave them uncovered and cook at a lower power setting for 6 to 7 minutes. No mess and just as good. Let the oatmeal rest for 2 minutes before you start doctoring it. Oh, and while the oats are cooking you can prep your fruit. The secret to my oatmeal is two part — part one: Lemon. One add a heaping spoonful of lemon curd. Don't look at me like I'm crazy. I'm not. The lemon is the perfect undertone. It balances the sweet fruit and adds this unexpected flavor that is simply delightful. Season with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, and lemon peel. I like a light dusting of each of these across the top of my oatmeal so I can't really give you a measurement. For my personal oatmeal I like a little more cinnamon and a little less ginger. Mix well. Next add your fruit. Slice a banana thinly and slice four strawberries. Add these to your bowl. Add a handful of raisins and mix well.
Now we come to part two of my secret to great oatmeal. Sea salt. No, I'm still not crazy. It needs salt, not sugar. I tried brown sugar, maple syrup, none of them worked. It has enough sweetness, it need a counterbalance. Salt.