Texture . . . And Granola

March 13, 2014

 

Granola

Let’s talk about texture. When you eat a bunch of yogurt do you get to the bottom of the cup and just almost have to gag because it was so monotonously creamy? For me there is just something about the lack of texture that makes me detest plain yogurt or really anything that is just the same texture over and over. I mean, that’s why we have a chip or veggies with hummus, chips and dip, a crunchy piece of toast with your yolky eggs, and a delicious granola with your creamy yogurt.

  Texture adds interest, an extra flavor profile, and something to keep your food exciting. When you think of interest as far as food is concerned, chefs look at everything in layers. We cook something and season it; then if we add something else for texture, it too gets a flavor profile and seasoned. We tear food apart and put it back together in a new way. Hoping that with every plate we send out, or with every recipe we have created, we have created a new texture for you to appreciate. We have combined something that will peak your interest, that once your taste buds have registered what you just took a bite of, your eyes will need to double take all that was on your plate. That is why Chefs are so fiercely protective of what we make. It is a piece of us, it is a creation, just as an artist would paint, or a nurse would care. It is ingrained in us, we create, and we send it out into the world, hoping that everyone will take in what we create with open hearts. Please accept our new textures, our re-invented or re-visited combinations, and if it’s not to your liking, well then it is just something you won’t necessarily have to revisit. But I bet no matter who you are, or what you like, you find food and textures that suit your taste, your liking, and your soul.

 

 Ok, so on a less serious note, I love the feel and consistency of a good granola. I know, I have a thing for oats, and I just can’t help it, they are just so good for you. They have a host of positive facts that you can check out at “The Worlds Healthiest Foods.” Website. Here you can learn more about how oats help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, they keep you full for longer due to the high fiber content, boost immune response, and they even have an antioxidant unique to them that protects the healthy cholesterol in our systems from being destroyed . . . I mean, who doesn’t want those benefits. My favorite way to eat this granola is either with just some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or with Greek yogurt, honey, and some fresh berries and mango. DELISH! I hope you all enjoy the crunch it adds to your yogurt, and the wonderful texture it will add to your life

 

Print Recipe
Classic Granola
Simple, crunchy, sweet and satisfying.
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start out by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Then in a medium size bowl, combine the first five ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the Coconut Oil, Honey and Brown Sugar until it is a liquid consistency. ( This just melts the oil and softens the honey so it can more evenly coat the dry ingredients.)
  3. Once your stove top ingredients are all melted together and nice and consistent, pour them into the dry mixture and add the vanilla extract. Mix this until all the oats are well coated.
  4. Pour the mix onto a baking sheet either lined with parchment or sprayed with non-stick spray and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet and with a spatula, turn the granola over so it browns evenly. Continue to bake for another 20 minutes or until the granola is a dark golden brown. Remember that everyones oven is different so you may need to leave it in a little longer.
  5. Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before taste testing. It will not be crunchy just out of the oven, but as it cools, it will harden to the proper texture.
Share this Recipe

Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

March 4, 2014

 

Breakfast, it is a sacred wake up time, a time to reflect and plan for your day. It is an imaginative time; I often think of the Alice in Wonderland quote: “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” . . . it is the start to what could be a magnificent, or a down right ugh, sort of day. I plan the many things I would love to get done that day, and in reality, I will achieve half of those things. Because at breakfast, it is easy to feel grand about your abilities, you are lovely, and no one has wasted their energy trying to bring you down yet today, you haven’t had to fight against those that wish your day ill will, and you have met nothing but encouragement in the mirror. Yes, mornings are sacred, unblemished bits of our reality, and they pass ever so quickly.

 Breakfast Cookies

It’s the nature of the beast; we are busy creatures in this world and a lot of the time we must run around trying to achieve our important daily tasks, and in doing so, we forget about breakfast, about reflection and planning. We lose our imaginations and become strictly doers. I still think you can get your time in even if you are in the car, and I have a perfect recipe for those on the go. They are called Breakfast Cookies . . . I know, it seems to be quite the oxymoron. I mean, I’ve had cookies for breakfast before yes, but never breakfast cookies . . . and does that somehow imply that they will be less tasty? Not quite, a breakfast cookie is really just breakfast but in cookie form. This recipe only needs 4 ingredients to make the base, Oats, Honey, Peanut Butter, and Bananas. You don’t need any thing else, however I enjoy adding some things in, be it dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts and seeds . . . Your choice. So here’s to your morning, may it be ever productive, wholly imaginative and may it kick some serious butt!

 

Print Recipe
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Very simple, very tasty, only 4 ingredients needed to make breakfast cookie magic.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Oatmeal Cookies
Possible Inclusions
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Oatmeal Cookies
Possible Inclusions
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350° and lining a baking sheet with either parchment paper or pan spray.
  2. In a food processor place 2 cups of oats and process until a course flour is achieved.
  3. On the side, in a medium bowl, mash together with a fork, the ripe banana, peanut butter, and honey. Then once all worked in together, mix in a cup and a half of the oat flour and any other inclusions.
  4. I like adding chocolate chips and chia seeds, but it is your choice. You could go with dried cherries or raisins.
  5. On the baking sheet spoon out the cookie badder to whatever size you want the cookies to bake off to, they do not expand once baked.
  6. Once portioned out, bake for 15-20 Minutes until they are almost completely set up. Let cool and enjoy!
Share this Recipe

Muesli and the Monsters

February 19, 2014

Within my boyfriends’ apartment there exists these creatures; they unknowingly do things like change the home page of my Internet settings. They make blog posts that look something like this (CCCCCCCCCCCCCCKCCCCCCCLCCCC.) And they are the Monsters. If it weren’t for the wonderful technical support of my friend Ty, I probably never would have connected that my computer wouldn’t open to the proper home page anymore, and having to explain to him how such a home page was set was even more fun. But isn’t that the way monsters are? Some call them kittens, but regardless of what you call them, they have no regard for your daily tasks beyond petting them, feeding them, and or playing with them . . .

Monsters

 May I introduce to you The Monsters: Luna, Pedro, and Simba. Luna is the one standing directly in the middle of my keyboard, Pedro has ahold of her tail, and Simba just stuck his head in the picture for good measure. They are wonderful, adorable, and they care nothing for the tasks that us humans must perform in our day-to-day living.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have the simplistic mindset of a cat? Although I may not be able to adequately simplify my life to that of a cat, I try to keep things simple when it comes to the food that I prepare, and for breakfast, lets just be perfectly honest no one likes to overcomplicate that. My favorite morning cereal, is Muesli, I had never had it until I worked on a cruise ship. I saw it sitting on the buffet in a pretty white bowl, and it just looked so ordinary. Let me just say, it was anything but ordinary. It was bursting with flavor and texture. Lightly sweet, and just filling enough to keep you satisfied through your morning. I set out to recreate what I tasted on the ship, and it wasn’t too long before I found the combination that I was seeking. I left out the raisins, and added honey, and I couldn’t be happier with what I came up with. The addition of quinoa to the oats and almonds gives you extra protein to keep you full for longer, and when you toast everything it gives the cereal a complexity that you long for in your morning routine. Add a cup of tea or some delicious coffee and you have an amazing morning awaiting you. I hope you enjoy the cereal, and you’ll have to let me know what you think!

Muesli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Recipe
Honey, Apple Cinnamon Muesli
Simplistic and comforting, everything you want in a morning ritual.
Course Anytime, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 180 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Anytime, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 180 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. On a baking sheet mix together the oats, quinoa, and slivered almonds.
  2. While the oven is preheating, In a bowl off to the side whisk together the yogurt, almond milk, cinnamon and honey.
  3. Place the tray into the oven to begin toasting the oat mixture. Set the timer for about 10 minutes, but toast them until they are fragrant and just begin to get some color.
  4. Take the apple and dice it into little squares and keep it off to the side.
  5. Remove the toasted oat mixture from the oven and let cool. Once it has cooled to room temperature combine the dry mix with the milk mixture and apple. Let sit for atleast 3 hrs to soak in the fridge. I like to let it go overnight.
  6. When ready to serve, dish the muesli out and pour almond milk and honey over it to taste. I like to approach it similar to cooked oatmeal and finish it off per person as some like it thicker and sweeter than others.
Share this Recipe