Another snow day here in the midwest (yes, this really is Queen Jeanne’s castle, cozy, huh?). We received about 18 inches of the white stuff yesterday so today we shovel and plow our way out. Some people are thinking white Christmas but me, I’m thinking stick-to-your-ribs goodness to jump-start this cold wintry day ahead. That’s right, Irish oatmeal! What is it, you ask? Irish oatmeal, Scotch oats or steel-cut oats are all different names for the same thing, groats that have been cut into 2-3 pieces and not rolled. They take about 30 minutes to cook and have a decidedly chewy texture. They are high in vitamin B1 and contain a good amount of vitamins B2 and E. They are also particularly high in soluble fiber. We love them and find them very satisfying especially on these very chilly mornings.
I know you are thinking, 30 minutes to cook? Well, believe me, it is worth every minute. Although I do not own one, I have my notice into Santa that I would like to have the Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker show up under my tree this year. It is very smart and has a multitude of settings including one for porridge that you can program the night before and have it ready when you wake up. Cool! I have been a very good girl so I think my chances are good.
You can top your oats anyway you please but my favorite is a spoonful of brown sugar or honey and a pat of Irish butter. Add a bit of milk and you have breakfast. Try it soon. Believe me, it is worth the time investment, or perhaps it is not too late to get that request into Santa! Have you been naughty or nice?