So this low fat thing is going well. I’m learning more about food and enjoying the change in diet. I’ve always loved porridge (rolled oats) but I’ve never been a fan of cooking it on the stove in the morning. I also don’t like using the microwave oven that much but I’m happy to use it if it suits my purpose.
I’ve read in some blogs how some people will soak their rolled oats the night before in the refrigerator and eat them cold the next morning. I reckon this will be great in summer but I’m currently enduring a cold Canberra winter and warm breakfast is a good thing.
So where does the experiment come in to this post? Well for a long time I have cooked porridge with milk and then I learnt that cooking it with water can be almost as good. Not quite as creamy but no loss of flavour. I thought I would see how the overnight soaking would go if I used skim milk versus water.
The other part of my motivation for the overnight soaked technique is because I often have telephone meetings with colleagues in the US, Canada and the UK at 6 am my time. Cooking breakfast earlier enough is a pain in the arse. It would be great to just have something ready to go and which I could take to work and eat after the meeting. This will help me save money too, it will help me to resist the temptation to buy my breakfast from a café at 7.30 am.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup skim milk or water
- ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon golden syrup or brown sugar
- Mixed berries like blueberries or strawberries
- In a microwave cup the night before at the rolled oats, the liquid of your choice, the cocoa powder and sugar source.
- Add in some berries
- Put the lid on the cup and put into the refrigerator overnight
- The next morning remove the lid and stir and inhale the lovely chocolate aroma
- Microwave for a minute
- Remove from the oven and stir
- If necessary put back into the microwave oven and select a time that will ensure the rolled oats are warmed through. The time may vary with volume and whether you use water or milk.
- Eat out of the cup or pour into a bowl
- Shoot a photograph
- Eat the porridge
- At a later date write the recipe
- Blog (verb)
So what I discovered is that soaking in skim milk gives and thicker, creamier more pleasant experience than using water. While skim milk has more fat that water, I’m happy to use skim milk for the pleasure.
I’m also going to try using a little coffee and cocoa and see how it tastes.