Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hearty Oatmeals

I am looking forward to today as I have made arrangement to meet up with DO and TW.  DD3 was down with a chesty cough and a low grade fever for several days.  That fever made me a panda as I was up several times a night taking her temperature (no medication given since it's low grade fever).  After a 10 days course of antibiotic, she finally recovered.  Phew!  Just when I thought things were getting back on track, DS2 caught the same virus and is down too!  I've kept him away from school since Monday to prevent him from spreading the germs.  To make things worse, DD3 started running a fever again yesterday :-(  Though MIL has agreed to take care of the children while I go "partying", I felt irresponsible to leave my sick kids with her, as she has to cook and take care of FIL, niece and nephew.  After contemplating, I decided not to join my girlfriends (PS: DO, I'm sorry I couldn't make it today, owe you one.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY girl!).

With an unpredictable weather, it is tough to bring them to the supermarket.  I just make do with whatever ingredients I have in the fridge to cook something simple, and that is usually oatmeal.

When I was young, my mom fed me with oats on an almost daily basis and I hated it!  It was only when I started working, then I started to appreciate eating them.

This is a sweet version, cooked with brown sugar and served with cream cracker/soda biscuits and dried fruits.

Savoury version, cooked with frozen stock, leftover braised pork belly (I removed the fats) and some vegetables.  When cooking savoury oats, I like to crack in an egg.

I do not measure out the ingredients when I cook oatmeals.  Just put oats and water in a pot, cover and cook on medium low fire.  Bring to boil.  Add in sugar to taste.  Remove from heat and let it stand for 5 mins before serving.

PS: You may use more or less water, depending on what consistency you want.


Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I have only ever eaten sweet oatmeals- thanks you for the suggestion for savory.

My littlest monkey- same thing fever- but pretty high- and a very sore throat. We put him on antibiotics but he has not been to his swimming class since last Wednesday. He has been doing a lot of sleeping and I made him chicken soup.

Kitchen Corner said...

This is really a healthy dish! Like it!

WendyinKK said...

natural lighting pics!!!

Aiyor... that day I heard you say DD3 just recovered, and now the other 2. Be strong my friend, the best mother in the world!!

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busygran said...

Oats make great, healthy meals too. Like what you have done!
Hope all your children will recover soon.
All my three grandsons were down with flu, one after the other and now their grandma is also down. :(

Happy Homebaker said...

I hope your children are feeling better now. Whenever my children fall sick I have to set the alarm clock every other hour to check on them in the middle of the night. Luckily I have permanent panda eyes, so it doesn't matters ;) I will try cook some savory oatmeal porridge, I think I will prefer it than the sweet version, thanks for sharing your cooking tips!

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

I've never tried the savoury version...does it taste like porridge?