Today for breakfast, I had half a grapefruit, sitting on my couch watching John Hodgeman talk about aliens, pretty excellent morning, you’ve got to admit. I’ve liked grapefruit since I had a glass of grapefruit juice at a fancy breakfast buffet in the second grade, but haven’t had much occasion to eat it. They’re fairly pricey for fruit. As a result I didn’t learn until a year or two ago that one is supposed to eat the grapefruit with a spoon. This explained why my forking attempts were leading not to nourishment, but to a huge freakin’ mess.
I washed the grapefruit down with decadent chocolate milk. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it decadent, but it is damn good and balances out the health of having a half a grapefruit and calling it breakfast.
Well maybe not a snow day. I’ve still got classes but there’s a little powder clinging to the rooftops. In honor of the snow I decided to try my hand at making French toast – success!! Whisked up an egg, added the toast and fried it in the pan. At first I didn’t think it was working – it looked like I had a fried egg clinging to some toast. Then I turned around to tidy up the counter and while I was rearranging my canned goods, took a whiff, “Does something smell like French toast? Oh! It’s my French toast!” A toast note: growing up we always had white bread French toast, but today I used whole-wheat “crunchy” bread and it tasted even better.
(I also had a banana and a hard-boiled egg. But I wasn’t as proud of the cooking for either of those).
Oatmeal has become my favorite. Oatmeal and I were estranged for a long time in my late childhood and early adolescence, only to be reunited freshman year when I discovered I could make instant oatmeal in my dorm room using an electric kettle. Those were the days: banana bread oatmeal. Look it up.
Unfortunately instant oatmeal isn’t as healthy as real oatmeal, and it has high fructose corn syrup which I’m trying – desperately trying – to eliminate from my diet. Lucky for me real oatmeal is more satisfying and just as easy if you make it in the microwave.
My favorite oatmeal preparation is oatmeal + raisins + walnuts + brown sugar + cinnamon. It equals delicious. A bit of a sugar fix, but sometimes that’s what I need to get out the door on Monday.
There will definitely be no oatmeal tomorrow because I’ve run flat out! In a way this is a blessing, because I’ve been dying to try steel-cut oats since I saw this recipe on The Kitchn. I know it will take more time but the idea of a truly chewy oatmeal gets my mouth a-waterin’!
Later this week I’ll check out some farther out grocery stores to suss out the oatmeal situation. I also need new tea and would like an opportunity to ogle fancy cheese and “luxury” grocery items.
Half portion of real oatmeal with walnuts and fresh blueberries.
Sauteed red pepper and onions with egg and cheddar cheese.
Hot Earl Grey Tea.