(Makes 1 Serving)
I have always loved a good breakfast. I have never been a big fan of rolled oats, except in cookies. I don’t know how I have missed out for so long, but I was introduced to steel-cut oats this year. Wow … what a difference they make. The texture is much firmer and more filling than rolled oats.
There is a lady in my hometown of London, Ohio, named Geraldine Henry. I try to visit her when I go back. I have to tell you that she is a wonderful person. She turned 96 this year and you would never know it. (Sorry Geraldine; I know I m not supposed to ask your age, but I think that I am allowed to tell your age?) I love to play jokes on her. I remember the time I heard that she had been to the dentist. I called her the next day disguising my voice and acting like I was the dental assistant. I told her that she had to come into the office immediately to have all of her teeth removed. I took her to the point of a small argument before I told her who was really calling. She threatened to tell my mother. Another time we were sitting in her kitchen chatting when someone came to the front door. I could tell that the person was going to come into the kitchen with Geraldine, so I had to act quickly. I had a deck of cards in my pocket, so I decided to deal some out on the table like were playing poker. I also threw a bunch of money in the middle of the table so it looked like we were gambling. As they came into the room, I told Geraldine that it was her turn. I wish that you could have seen their faces. It was priceless.
Geraldine and I don’t always have the same style of cooking, but we do share ideas and cooking tips. A couple years ago, she told me about broiling a grapefruit half covered with sugar. I had never thought about that, but I did like the idea. I thought that the grapefruit would be a great accompaniment to this dish along with the pear and banana slices. I left the nuts and blackberries in their natural form for this recipe because that is the way I like them with oatmeal. You can toast the nuts if you like.
I would like to dedicate this recipe to Geraldine and thank her for friendship.
1 cup water
¼ cup steel cut oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Boil the water in a thick bottom pot.
Sprinkle the steel cut oats into the boiling water and stir.
Bring the oats to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the oats uncovered until desired texture, stirring occasionally. (Approximately 30 minutes)
Stir in the cinnamon and maple syrup and put the oatmeal in a warm bowl.
3 slices pear (fresh)
3 segments grapefruit
3 slices banana
3 each blackberries
4 each almonds (whole)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
As needed food release spray
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle it on the grapefruit segments, banana slices, and pear slices. (I do not cook the blackberries or nuts for this recipe.)
Place the sugared fruit on a pre greased baking dish lined with foil. (The foil helps with easy clean up if some of the sugar burns.
Broil the fruit on high until golden brown.
Arrange the fruit and nuts on the oatmeal. (Use a fork or a flat spatula to pick up the cooked fruit because it will be delicate and break easily.)