I love a big steaming bowl of oatmeal on a day when the cold weather makes my fingertips numb. I’m still trying to use up the random things I have sitting around in the cupboards, and this weekend I found sugar coated fennel seeds.
Start by making whatever size serving of oatmeal you’d like, prepared according to the package. I added a little handful of raisins to the water just before it started boiling, too.
Add margarine, cinnamon to taste, and sugarcoated fennel seeds – enough to sweeten the oatmeal to your liking.
It also turned my oatmeal a pretty color.
You can add more fennel seeds for garnish, to brighten things up, and because they just taste good.
Here are some other oatmeal recipes to get you through the winter:
Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal
Peanut Butter Maple Oatmeal
Dark Chocolate Mango Oatmeal
Spicy Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Soy Sauce
I had no idea I had this many oatmeal recipes!
I don’t do a whole lot of cooking on weekends. Saturday I got the All You Can Eat special at a local Ethiopian restaurant, last night I went to a Chinese buffet. Today I went to the monastery for confession and the nuns prepared a nice pasta meal for lunch. I just wanted a light snack when I got home, so I went with a variation of the classic Ants on a Log. I guess it’s like “adult” mac n cheese…adult ants on a log.
I filled the celery with my cashew spread. From the top, the ants are:
Green onions & romaine lettuce, raisins & pistachios, pistachios & green onions
Oh, and on the way back from the monastery we stopped and picked about 100 grape leaves. I think I’m going to have to make some soon.