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Old 03-12-2013, 07:19 AM   #21
 
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Spidey, Panera Bread (do you have one near you?) sells SC oats now. Maybe you could try them there first. Then if you decide to make them at home, you'll have a better idea of the taste and texture they should be.

Panera...that place will be the destruction of me!

But now I am curious to try Panera's bc I made a pot of them last night and stuck my foot in it!

I toasted them in butter, added salt, added water, brought to a boil, simmered for 25 mins, added brown sugar and dried cranberries. Let sit overnight. Nuked with a lil more water and tiny bit of cream. Topped with flaxmeal and sliced almonds.

Really good! The texture reminds me of couscous. I see a lot of potential.

Now I gotta see if Panera's is better than mine!
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I like to use coaches oats, they're like steel cut but cook quicker. I've always eaten oats (or porridge as we call it in the UK) and I generally cook it in water then add milk and either honey or jelly. It's been a lifesaver while I'm pregnant as its the only breakfast that doesn't make me feel like I'm starving to death by 10am. Sliced apple, raisin and cinnamon, or just with blueberries works well too.

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Old 03-12-2013, 10:48 AM   #23
 
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I like these Scottish-style oats, though I just buy them locally at Ingle's or WF. I've always hated oatmeal but made myself try something different than the regular old Quaker rolled oats or instant oats, and I actually like them. Instant oats, especially, just remind of wallpaper paste

These're very good toasted (or not) and slow-cooked on stove, but not enough better that I usually bother - I'm always running late. I don't remember how the box actually says to cook them, but I put about a cup in a large cereal bowl with just water and salt and cook at 70% in the microwave for about 5 minutes - this usually keeps them from cooking over, but I still put a plate or at least paper towel under the bowl just in case. They're still quite chewy, but that's what I like about them.

I always add a little stevia or honey, a good dash of cinnamon, and another slight dash of salt. If I have it and am in the mood, I might add a smidge of butter and/or milk or almond milk, a few nuts, maybe some chopped apple - whatever I have on hand and strikes my fancy. By the time I do that, they've thickened a bit and are creamy yet chewy. I sometimes have them like this for dessert in the evening to keep me from getting into something far worse.

Also eat them raw sometimes as meusli.

Highly recommend! I've tried a couple brands of Irish oats, but I like these better. Haven't tried steel-cut oats per se, I don't think, though I don't know that these aren't, LOL!
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A beaten egg whisked into the simmering oatmeal just before serving will turn it into a wonderful custard consistency. Not eggy at all.

Lately, I've been making my oats as "summer porridge"...basically adding the raw oats to yogurt and milk and fruit and put in the fridge overnight to absorb the liquid. It's eaten cold...no cooking required. Delicious. I add chia seeds to it to boost it's protein level.

I use groats, not oats. Groats are what rolled or cut oats are before they are rolled or cut. They're basically right off the plant with no processing. More fiber.
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I've never noticed groats in the store, even in the healthfood section. Where do you get them?

I do the summer porridge thing, too, though I didn't know to call it that, LOL. Have never tried the egg thing, though - sounds good! And a good way to easily get in some more protein.
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I've never noticed groats in the store, even in the healthfood section. Where do you get them?

I do the summer porridge thing, too, though I didn't know to call it that, LOL. Have never tried the egg thing, though - sounds good! And a good way to easily get in some more protein.
I get groats in certain health food stores, at the farmers' market, and currently there is a co-op near my apartment that sells them.
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I have an independant "Whole Foods" store near me that has a whole aisle of bag-your-own grains/nuts/seeds. They have oat and wheat groats...very cheap.
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I have an independant "Whole Foods" store near me that has a whole aisle of bag-your-own grains/nuts/seeds. They have oat and wheat groats...very cheap.
Sounds like the co-op here. Such a great place!
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Where's Thelio? I scraped and boiled a vanilla bean in last night's batch and it totally tastes weird now. And I'm waving my fist at whoever suggested maple syrup, too! Or maybe my maple syrup was rancid? grrrrrrr Never mind. It's prly my fault; I got heavy handed w/ the dried fruit.

Oh well, it's only $2.50/box so I can try again tonight

Tonight will involve cinnamon and nutmeg. (hmmm do I know what cardamom tastes like?)

Now I want to make oatmeal raisin cookies!
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Where's Thelio? I scraped and boiled a vanilla bean in last night's batch and it totally tastes weird now. And I'm waving my fist at whoever suggested maple syrup, too! Or maybe my maple syrup was rancid? grrrrrrr Never mind. It's prly my fault; I got heavy handed w/ the dried fruit.

Oh well, it's only $2.50/box so I can try again tonight

Tonight will involve cinnamon and nutmeg. (hmmm do I know what cardamom tastes like?)

Now I want to make oatmeal raisin cookies!
You'd probably need just a quarter to at most half a vanilla bean for a batch.
One of my favorite batches of oats was topped with a vanilla bean, pecan, maple and bourbon butter I mixed up.

I love cardamom and it's great with citrus and ginger in particular. I make a rhubarb compote spiced with it that I've used with oats and with yogurt.
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Will have to keep my eyes open for both oats groats and wheat groats . . . mairzy doats and dozy doats, la, la, la, la
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Wheat berries is what they're known as. Marketing.
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Here's a summer porridge recipe that has made the Pinterest rounds lately:

Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal
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I did not think maple syrup can go rancid?!!!!
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^Unless you mean because who would ever let it, it definitely can! That's why people are told to refrigerate it.
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I did not think maple syrup can go rancid?!!!!
I'm trying to blame everything and everyone rather than admit I jacked up a pot of oatmeal.
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I should add that oat groats take a very long time to cook, so when I make summer porridge with them, I soak them in hot water for several hours during the day before mixing them with milk/yogurt/chia and putting in the fridge for overnight. It's a 24 hour process with groats, but it's a very passive thing, they just sit around soaking.
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Wheat berries is what they're known as. Marketing.
Didn't know they were one in the same - those I have seen and bought. Thanks!
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I did not think maple syrup can go rancid?!!!!
I'm trying to blame everything and everyone rather than admit I jacked up a pot of oatmeal.
LOL!
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^Unless you mean because who would ever let it, it definitely can! That's why people are told to refrigerate it.
Really? It can?? Who knew.
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