Monday, July 29, 2013

Christine's Amazing Oatmeal

I just returned from a quilting getaway with The Quiltinis, my quilt group. 
 I would show you what I made, but I didn't finish anything!
But, I had a great time because I combined 2 of my loves.  I rode my bike each morning and then sewed the rest of the day.  Maryland is a great place to ride.  It is nice and flat.  Saturday morning, Christine took me on a ride to Betterton  Beach.  It is a small town located on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Sassafras River.  I love destination rides and anything with  a water view makes my heart swoon.  It was a nice easy paced ride and we chit chatted for the entire 24 miles.  We even stopped at a pottery showroom to check out some hand thrown ware.  Since it was such a beautiful ride, I did a repeat on Sunday (without the pottery and without Christine).
I usually have some type of instant oatmeal for breakfast.  The real instant one where you rip open a package and dump it into a bowl with some water and then cook it in the microwave. I have never made oatmeal from scratch, if you don't count oatmeal cookies.  When I returned from my Sunday ride, Christine offered me some of her high efficiency oatmeal that she makes.  I should really say creates, because Christine doesn't follow recipes. Now she is quite the energizer bunny.  She juggles a million things at a time and never, ever, stops to rest.  I am just overwhelmed  by her energy level.  I get exhausted when I hear about what she accomplishes in a day and in a week, Wow! 
The oatmeal was delish.  It was hearty and full bodied and healthy.  It really filled me up.  She made a big pot and told me that it would be instant oatmeal for the rest of the week. I even went home with some. (Thanks CK.)
She shared what went into that pot and I thought I would share it. I'm going to try and make it myself this week.  I'm calling it Christine's Amazing Oatmeal
Start with a pretty large pot
Into the pot, put:
8 Cups of water
1/2 C raw wheat berries
1/8 C Flax Seed that she ground a bit
1/8 C sesame seeds
1/2 C steel cut oatmeal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
Bring to a boil and cook 1 hour
Then, add
1 C oatmeal, old fashioned (not quick)
1/2C quinoa flakes
Handful of raisins and cranberries
Chopped walnuts
Cook 5 more minutes
Add honey and brown sugar to taste
Christine cooks with what she has, so if you can't find one of the ingredients, add something else.  That's her style. 


  1. The oatmeal sounds marvelous. I'll have to tweak it to make it gluten free, but making a big pot is such a great idea!

  2. What a wonderful place to ride, sounds like fun.
    Love oatmeal but I cannot have sugars and things that make it taste better, so I just eat my shredded wheat.


  3. Sounds great. I've made both steel cut oatmeal and also quinoa for breakfast - but never the 2 together. And remember, quinoa is a seed, not a grain, so it's OK to eat under conditions when you can't eat a grain (like during Passover). Anyway, some places I've eaten steel cut oatmeal for breakfast add cinnamon sugar, pecans and strawberries - others skip the pecans & strawberries in favor of blueberries. All are wonderful! I had always thought there we no difference between "regular" oatmeal and steel cut - but boy, is there ever! Enjoy!


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