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True Gruel

30 Oct

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It was my lil’ blogmuffin’s birthday. And I decided that in its honor, it was about dang time I made gruel for Gruel.

I searched around for actual gruel recipes. Apparently there is a delicious rice porridge dish (Korean maybe?) called congee that is sometimes referred to as gruel. I also found a broth-y sort of recipe for gruel in one of my favorite cookbooks, “The Breakfast Book”, by Marion Cunningham.

I was told by a friend that the rice porridge dish was great. But I wanted something with the original name of “gruel”.

I also wanted an excuse to open a bottle of wine.

Not that I need an excuse, per se, but like a sweater carried around just-in-case, it’s nice to have one.

Sorry for that metaphor. It was stupid, but too true for me to leave out.

I originally wanted the term “gruel” for this blog because a lot of food that doesn’t look good (like gruel), still tastes amazing. That is the “scrumptious” part. I’ve gotten a bit better at making my food somewhat prettier, I guess. But I still like to think of this blog in “gruel” terms. It’s rough, and ready. It is strong. It is here to nourish you. And me. Duh. Blogs are the most narcissistic invention there is.

I love my blog.

I also enjoy the Oxford comma, incidentally.

Marion’s gruel recipe is not too specific. Most elements it tells to you can add if you like. When it comes to wine, butter, and sugar, I always like.

This was actually quite good. Comforting as Marion promised. I was surprised.

I’m giving you a recipe for what I made but feel free to adapt “as you like”. And you will.

Happy birthday gruel!

Gruel interpreted from The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham
2 Tbsp. oatmeal
1 cup H2O
1/2 tsp. butter
Pinch if sugar
1 Tbsp. white wine (I used a dry Riesling)
Dash nutmeg
Soak oats in water for 20 minutes then strain the liquid into a small pan. Bring to a simmer and add everything else. Yay gruel! Pour a glass of wine and light a candle. Party time. Excellent.

Second Annual Un-Pizza Week Day One: Oatmeal pizza

28 Jan

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Oddly enough the idea of pizza oatmeal seems gross, but oatmeal pizza works for me.
And OM bloody G that’s friggin’ cute:

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I have explained un-pizza week before here. It is pizza flavors in unusual formats. Some people do different ingredients in pizza format, but I think this is a tad silly. I’ve used the example of re-fried beans and cheese on a tortilla. This is not Mexican Pizza. It’s a bloody tostada, foo.

This oatmeal pizza is almost a normal pizza but the different formatting involves cooking the crust in a skillet. This almost-a-pizza is to ease you into un-pizza week.
It will get more interesting, I promise.

I’m really not endorsing anything here. But the recipe did call for Fiber One. And deep in my heart I’m a corporate whore who would wouldn’t mind getting some doodads for endorsing a product. But only if I truly like it, and I do have an odd love of bran cereals of all types: corn bran, bran flakes…my insides like these too but let us not dwell upon that.

Let’s just eat some un-pizza.

Oatmeal Pizza (Adapted just a tad from this recipe on Hungry Girl)

1/4 c. Fiber One
1/4 c. Oatmeal
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 c. Pasta sauce (I used one with roasted onion and garlic-if your sauce lacks pizza-esque flavors add some oregano and basil)
1/4 c. Shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese (Use mozzerella for more authentic pizza taste, I just love Swiss)
Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grind up the oats and Fiber One until they are of breadcrumb consistency. Mix in egg and garlic powder.
Spray a pan with something nonstick and heat over medium, then add mixture, spread as thin or thick as you like your crust to be. Mine was about 4.5 inches across. Though my dream crust is about 4.5 inches high. Raise heat to medium-high and when the bottom is browned, flip that sucker. Carefully. When the other side is brown put it on an oven safe surface of some ilk, pour on sauce, then cheese, and cook about 10 minutes.
Don’t forget to turn off your oven when you’re done.

Too busy for fancy

30 May

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Two reasons to make this recipe:
1)Time
2)The name

Play rehearsals are heating up! A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens in two weeks and many of my nights are in el teatro.

I would love to get all fancy and make things requiring multiple bowls and saucepans.

Hell, I even would loved to get all pretty like Katie did and make a parfait with this cherry oatmeal recipe, which requires a rest in the fridge was waiting for me to complete it when I got home and I was not in the mood to layer. I was in the mood to gobble.

The name? Well I’m in a pretty rock n roll production of Midsummer so…
So if you have a busy night ahead, start this recipe for Cherry Bomb Oatmeal
ahead. Get home and finish then eat. Be. A. Rock. Star.

And come see Midsummer! For tickets:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/243225, or by calling the studio directly at 323-601-5310
And the Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/events/238549702925183/

Chocolate chip oat cookies

11 Jan

I forgot to take a picture if these before I went took them out a-party-ing:


Fortunately they actually turned out looking more or less like the picture in The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Chocolate, where I found the recipe.
Last entry in this blog was sort of a downer. Let me give you an upper, hehe.
Cookies.
But first I’ll take you through a glorious weekend day leading to these cookies.
Slept in. Per usual whenever possible.
Worked out.
Filmed myself for a commercial audition. More and more people are having you do that, rather than holding casting sessions in person. I know most folks consider a work-free day to be good, but for me a day involving acting work is a fantastic day.
Next up, I volunteered at a no-kill cat shelter. I am known there as mopping girl, a that’s the task I usually arrive in time for. Then I pet the kitties and try to resist the urge to take them with me.
Then I drove home smelling of cat and Clorox.
Mmmmmm, cat n’ Clorox.
Checked the mail.
Got tickets in the mail for Skrillex. I’d never heard of them but my brother in Chicago told me I needed to check them out and he was gonna get me tickets. My brother rocks. His analysis of why I’d like Skrillex was
“He is actually a DJ, not a band. But he dresses in black so I figured you’d like him ;)”.
I have no idea what you speak of, brother.

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Really.
Then what better way to celebrate good mail than making cookies I’d promised for my friend Lindsay’s fete, then going a-partying.
First party: My improv class and I are hard-core nerds. Using our Saturday nights to get together and improv, yo. I couldn’t stay long there…sorry improv friends! More party-rehearsals soon.
Then off to the party that I’d promised cookies for. Cookies were consumed. Wine was indulged in. Hugs were had.

That was a more or less perfect day.

Acting, cats, concerts, cookies and friends. If that’s not good living, what is?
Not much.

What makes a perfect day for you? Please pretty please comment and tell me bout’ yourself.

These are thin, slightly crispy, slightly gooey in the center cookies.
Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies(from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Chocolate by Christine McFadden and Christine France
1 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. Butter, softened
1 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Light brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. Rolled oats(I used old-fashioned)
1 c. Chocolate chips
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In separate bowl cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and beat it up. Like you are a school bully. That’s not funny. Bullying is bad kids! But not when applied to cookie dough.
Add flour mix and blend in. Use spoon to stir in oats and chocolate chips.
I let the dough chill a bit. I also set some aside for munching on. Cause I’ll take dough over cookies any day. But these cookies were party-bound.
Scoop out on sprayed cookie sheets and cook in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Edges should brown but centers should be a bit soft.

One is not enough

4 Jan


Neither one muffin, nor one recipe.
Katie, you did it again. This single-serving muffin was fan-friggin’-tastic.
So go get this recipe and make it-and um, you may want to double the recipe. Then tell Katie she rocks. A lot of blog readers do these days but that is because she does. Like, totally! Sorry, valley girl moment.
So maybe the point of this recipe is that it only makes one. But when it comes to bread products, I eat for two: me and…you. That’s right. I eat a second just to MAKE SURE its good enough to share the recipe with you. Except I couldn’t with this muffin since it only made one. I’m talking in circles. I’ll stop.
So a week later I decided to tackle another single serve Katie recipe, this one for a Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal.

I feared wanting more but this recipe was bigger and have the option of cooking it as one big portion or two smaller so I stuck with it. I figured that the extra large portion would cancel out my need for seconds: I cooked it as one.

Yeah, duuuude. This hit the spot. It was after midnight and I wasn’t up to making frosting so I slathered with smart balance. Mmmmmm, slathering. It’s like lathering without the bubbles. Hopefully sans soapy taste too.
This Boatmeal is good stuff! I would add a touch more cinnamon in the future, but I’m a cinna-holic, take that as you will.

The moral of this smoothie is:

24 Jul

I need a new blender. I use my immersion blender a lot, but it cannot crush ice. Neither can my regular blender, apparently. Also, I have been holding it together with duct tape for years now and while I do believe you can solve most of life’s problems with duct tape, safety pins and superglue, my blender is still leaking. Yep, I need a new blender. Anyone got a spare Vitamix? Ok, enough complaining about the state of my pulverizing devices.
Onwards to the recipe!
What’s almost as good as cookie dough? Cake batter!
Kaitlin with Honey’s recipe for a Cake Batter Smoothie has been on my to-make list for a while. Even though it had bananas in it, I still wanted to make it. Even though my blender did not totally crush all the ice or frozen banana, even though it did not really taste like cake batter to me, even though I did not have the chocolate protein powder Kaitlin recommends and had to use vanilla, even though even though even though, stuff and nonsense, I actually really liked this. I didn’t notice the banana really, which I count as a good thing. In my book, bananas should stick to breads most of the time. However, this application worked. I adored the usage of raw oats, much more than I liked the cooked oats in this shake. If I can only get my hands on a better batter blender, sweet smoothie victory shall be mine.
Cake Batter-ish Smoothie(slightly altered from Kaitlin with Honey’s blog, maybe that’s why it is only batter-ish)
3 ice cubes
2 Tbsp. oats
1/3 cup almond milk
1/3 frozen banana
4 tsp. vanilla protein powder(appropriately, the flavor of my Iron-tek powder was Vanilla Cake)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
Blend, blendy blend blend. If you are me drink it in fancy stemware. Everything tastes better sipped from an elegant vessel:

Oats in theory…day 2 of pumpkin week in spring

20 May

…in theory the idea of two of my favorite foods, pumpkin and oatmeal, together is swell. And with a bit of finagling I am betting I could make this shake sing. Perhaps even an aria.
Welcome to day 2 in Pumpkin Week in Spring!
Today’s recipe was the Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Shake from Gina’s Skinny Recipes
How I found it I do not remember…
Anyway, my main qualm was that this needed to be sweeter and perhaps pumpkiny-er. Other than that I enjoyed it.
Up next on Pumpkin Week: yet another blogger’s take on pumpkin shakes, this time with more protein.

Food for Winners!

15 Mar

Ooooh, ooooh, oooh, I actually won something! Well me and like ten other bolg readers. I was reading the food blog Kaitlin with Honey and she was doing a giveaway of Coach’s Oats. The cool thing about Coach’s Oats is that they are the wonderfully nubbly steel-cut oats, but you can prepare them fast. All you had to do was say how you like your oatmeal in the comments and you were entered. And I did. I like to cook my oats with water, eat them with plain unsweetened almond milk on the side and sometimes sprinkle in Equal. Yes I know. Bad. But as I’ve said at least I stopped with the diet soda.
Here is what a little packet of the oats looks like:

And cooked, pre-almond milk and equal:

Soooo good. I have a confession: sometimes I really like eating foods that are supposed to be hot, cold. These oats had some time in the fridge. The texture was extra dense and oh so nubbly. I love nubbly-ness.