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the weather outside is frightful…

December 3, 2008


This was a perfect day for oatmeal and raisins for breakfast.   Kids were sick, the snow was falling and the roads were awful.

I simmered 2/3 cup milk and then added 1/3 cup oatmeal flakes.  I topped it with brown sugar, raisins and cream and dug in.

When I lived in Norway, we would have rice pudding (called Risengrynsgrøt) for breakfast.   This was made with short grain white rice, and cooked in whole milk for almost an hour – with stirring and stirring – until it resembled pudding more than rice.  Then it was served with a dollop of butter and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar.  There was nothing more comforting on a rainy winter day.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2008 11:43 am

    It has never occurred to me to cook the oatmeal in milk… Sounds very yummy.

  2. December 4, 2008 4:32 pm

    Hi Cheryl:

    This tastes good simmered in milk – although I have burned/boiled over the milk many times by not tending to it carefully!

  3. December 5, 2008 1:17 am

    Oh, oatmeal cooked in milk is lovely– creamy and rich. My technique is to dump everything in together (milk, pinch of salt, raisins, oatmeal), and then warm it up s.l.o.w.l.y for about 20 minutes, until most of the milk is absorbed. Then I bring the heat up and stir while it cooks for the last few minutes. Of course, this isn’t a good technique if you’re serving hungry kids. Not fast, but it is good.

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