Oatmeal is bland. Oatmeal is healthy. If you ate nothing but oatmeal and kale you would live ten years longer, and it would serve you right.
Seeking to liven up my breakfast I asked, what would liven up oatmeal? A steak! Yesss!! Well, …erm… no. Eating oatmeal with steak is kindof missing the point, isn’t it? OK, is there something I could add to oatmeal, other than more jam, that would unblandify it?
Harking back to a Tea and Cookies recipe, I remembered something about adding curry. Yeah. Curry. Not too hot, ’cause you want to get the full flavor. And as long as I am adding curry, I could add some fried onions and garlic, because every curry dish calls for fried onions and garlic (OK, not the ice cream, but that’s a different post).
So, chop a quarter of an onion –WW Sweet if possible — and fry until turning brown. Turn down heat and add a good glop of crushed garlic. I buy mine in a jar and ya wanna make something out of it? Well, that’s what I’m doing here.
A third of a cup of flavorless instant oatmeal (artisanal, none of this commercial Quaker stuff), two thirds of a cup of boiling water, a tablespoon of curry powder, generous pinch of salt. Mix, set aside for a bit.
When it sets, stir in the onion and garlic. Dump back in the frying pan. Brown on both sides. Note to chef: even when browned it doesn’t hold together well on the flip. May need a binder, like eggs.
Slide into a bowl. Taste.
Add salt. Taste.
Add more salt. Taste.
Add more jam.
Oatmeal is bland. Just sayin.