"I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation."
-Madame Jehane Benoit
I'm really happy with this new blog philosophy. Since the summer, I was trying to force out recipes and writings. I was trying to keep pace with a time when I could cook multiple times in a week and then sit and write for an hour or two at night. It just wasn't going to happen like that anymore, but I pushed myself anyway. Blogging became a chore, not a hobby, and things are definitely not as fun when things are a chore.
School has started up quickly again this semester with a pretty hefty list of assignments and presentations, but this time around, I don't feel the same pressure to sit and write. I'm glad I was able to sit back and examine how I wanted to go about blogging again, and not just give up. Go me!
This semester is definitely a busy one, but an interesting one as well. I have two interesting papers to write. The first is about the impact of video games on students in school. Think about how kids stay up late playing games, how it affects them socially, the level of violence and sexuality in some of them... sounds interesting eh? I hope some parents read and think about this....
The second is about boys in classrooms. Boys are starting to lose ground on grades to girls and aren't graduating as much. The idea, is that teachers have become focused on creating classrooms that are more girl friendly, than boys. Boys tend to be more active, moving around and louder, and they tend to get in trouble more often.
I also found it interesting with this example... girls in younger grades like to draw with lots of bright colours. Boys tend to gravitate more towards browns and blacks. As a teacher and you are comparing two drawings, one colourful and bright, and one darker... compliments tend to go towards the girls drawing. The theory is that girls are getting lots of compliments, and boys are getting more time in the principals office. It will be interesting to see what sorts of results I can find!
When you're stressed with school, there is nothing better than having breakfast ready for when you get up! Especially a recipe that makes the whole house smell like deliciousness! Overnight oatmeal has been buzzing around the blogosphere for awhile now. I tried This One a few months back, but I was caught up with the idea of apple pie... mmm... apple pie *drool*. Just a reminder, you need to use steel cut oats for this recipe, not the popular rolled oats.
Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal
Steel Cut Oats - 1 cup
Apples - 3, cored, peeled, diced
Almond Milk - 1 1/2 Cups
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Brown sugar - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp, cut
Cinnamon - 1 tsp
Salt - a few healthy pinches (about a tsp)
Spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray or grease with olive oil. Add all the ingredients, and give a good stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low for about 7 hours. If you know your crockpot cooks faster or slower, adjust accordingly, but 7 hours does fine. Even when finished, giving it a stir before serving will freshen the whole thing up if a little overcooked.
You can serve this with a variety of favourite oatmeal toppings, such as nuts, dried fruit, etc. But my favourite has to be just a little bit of brown sugar sprinkled on top and a little bit of almond milk to soften the whole thing up. What a great way to wake up!