Does anybody need warming up yet? Honestly, we don't around here, but it still didn't stop me from making these very comforting oats with browned butter apples. A warming and comforting way to start the day. A little comfort goes as long way and sometimes it's all we need.
Lately, I have been sticking to the food around here. Every now again I might have something to talk about that isn't necessarily food related, but very relevant to me. Today, is one those days. A day to just talk for a tiny second about something non food related. In fact it couldn't be further from anything culinary-esk, shall we say.
My teenage daughter.
If any of you out there have kids, of any age, there are always bumps in the road along the away. For the most part, the joys most definitely outweigh the downturns. However, then there is a shift and overnight it feels like life changes. All of a sudden you feel, uniquely, as if you are the worst mom ever to exist. Ever. I remember people saying to me years ago, "Oh, you just wait until she is a teenager.", or "From three to 13 they are perfect, but it all falls after a cliff after that.", "Teenage girls are exhausting, negative little know it alls that you will want to run and hide from like a serial killer", and a million and one other expressions. Yes, I have heard them all and paid no heed whatsoever. Why? Because that could possibly never ever happen to my daughter and me. Our relationship is great. We have mutual respect and love for each other. It's all peachy. Right?
I am in the midst of life with a 15 year old that hates me on a good day. Yes, that's my reality today. Actually, today is a good day and she hates me less. So, I'll take it.
It has a way of sucking out every single ounce of energy you have. It even sucks energy out of the last little mille ounce that is hanging on for dear life as something that used to be called energy. Yes, that really is a fact. Okay, you could say, "stay positive", "It get's better", "Today is just a bad day", "Take a walk and breathe for a minute" and so on. Guess what? after you have done all of those things at least a zillion times in what feels like only 5 minutes, you throw in the towel. You succumb to the negativity and let it consume you. In a way, you embrace it and that is almost a relief.
Then you start to second guess yourself.
It seems no matter what we do as mothers, we will always judge ourselves and beat ourselves up over even the most minor of details. Was I too hard? Should I have said that? If only I looked at it from her perspective, and so on. I am no expert. Well, maybe I am because I am living this life with a teenage daughter.
On a very bright note, we are talking now and there is a glimmer of light to be seen. I am able to head back into the kitchen, where hopefully, I can start creating new dishes again. In fact I have a new dish in mind for dinner this evening. Stay tuned for that one.
As for her, I have to remind myself that I was 15 once upon a time in a different life. It is self consuming, It is overwhelming difficult and it Can Be wonderful!
Okay, I can breathe a little. Thanks for being held hostage and listening.
Let's see what these little bowls of comfort are up to.
Easy as 1-2-3! I mean they are only oats after all. These are just good old fashioned oats that you cook on the stove top with milk or water. I used milk, because, I prefer them creamy. You could use water if you prefer. The apples are really the star of this dish. Otherwise, they are just oats right?
I didn't add sugar to my oats because I don't find they need it. However, feel free to stir in sugar if you are looking for a sweeter taste. Also, if you think the oats are too thick when cooking, just add a little more water or milk to thin them out a bit. Easy.
If you need a bowl of comfort to start your day, these just wouldn't do your wrong.
Happy cooking and thanks for listening!
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Oats
Serves 2 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes
1 Cup/90 grams oats
2 Cups/480 ml milk
2 Apples, peeled cored and cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 Cup/60 grams butter
3 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons raw almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
In a medium sized skillet set over medium high heat add the butter until melted. Add the apples and stir well. Reduce heat to medium low, add the brown sugar, water and cover. Cook apples for a further 10 minutes, checking and stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
In a saucepan set over medium heat, add the oats and milk. Stir well and leave to cook for about 10 minutes, stir occasionally to make sure they don't stick. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon.
Divide into two bowls and top with apples and chopped almonds. Serve immediately.
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