Healthy Hipster Breakfast

I’ve been experimenting with healthier breakfast options! Since A and the MIL have been eating/drinking oats since the dawn of humanity, I decided oats was the way to go. When I was younger my dad would occasionally cook Quaker oats for us. I don’t know what he added – I think a combination of cheese, egg and butter – but it tasted heavenly!

I bought two types of oats over the week: raw rolled oats by Origins Healthfood and steel cut oats by Bob’s Red Mill. The former is meant to be eaten uncooked with a liquid medium such as yogurt or milk, while the later is meant to be cooked (I am trying to steer A away from the quick/instant oats that he is used to eating, since nothing instant is ever healthy).

Then, I purchased a pint of Farmers Union Greek Style Natural Yogurt which tasted weird at first but goes really well with oats and berries. I don’t think I can stomach any other kind of yogurt anymore!

And to add a little crunch to my concoctions, I bought spiced nuts from Carpenter & Cook (I was looking for its granola but it was sold out) and granola from The Edible Co. Both local stores bake their own nuts and grains in limited batches, hence the rarity of finding their products on shelf!

Lastly, I bought my weekly supply of blueberries and blackberries. I reckon any kind of dry fruit will be suitable, but I like my berries.

Now I present to you my less than precise recipes for a healthier breakfast!


Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • Yogurt
  • Raw rolled oats
  • Fruits
  • Granola / nuts

Steps:

  1. Drop a dollop of yogurt into a bowl. If you’re into hipster instagram photography, choose a nicer looking bowl.
  2. Pour raw rolled oats into the bowl.
  3. Pour fruits into the bowl.
  4. Stir. But not too much, as the yogurt may 出水 if you overdo it. The objective here is to coat the oats (hey that rhymed!).
  5. Refrigerate the bowl overnight.
  6. In the morning, add some more fruit just for aesthetics purposes.
  7. Sprinkle some granola or nuts on top.
  8. Take picture. Post on instagram.
  9. Enjoy your breakfast.

Cooked Oats (this requires cooking!)

Ingredients:

  • Steel cut oats
  • Eggs
  • Fruits
  • Granola / nuts

Steps:

  1. The internet says that the water to oats ratio is roughly 3:1, so I go with that. Decide how much oats you want to eat, then add 3 times the same amount of water into a pot. Add a dash of salt, and then bring the water to boil.
  2. Turn the heat down, pour in the oats. Let it cook until the texture looks agreeable to you. May take up to 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. While waiting for the oats, crack an egg into a bowl and whisk the yolk and white together. Sometimes I use 2 eggs.
  4. When the oats have reached a consistency of your liking, pour in the egg mixture. Stir gently. The eggs cook quickly and you’ll see white stuff forming within the oats.
  5. If you’re satisfied with your gooey porridge, turn off the heat.
  6. Serve in bowls. Add fruits and nuts.
  7. Take picture. Post on instagram.
  8. Enjoy your breakfast

You may have noticed the obvious lack of measurements of any kind, but the truth is I just agar the amount of ingredients I require. This is not science, people!


Some stray observations:

  • Apparently oats may cause bloating, and I did notice my stomach getting increasingly uncomfortable when I eat oats on consecutive days. As a mitigation, I sometimes eat my yogurt without any oats.
  • Oats are essentially tasteless.
  • My next foray into the world of healthy hipster breakfast involves almond butter toast! Unfortunately I have yet to 1) buy almond butter 2) buy a toaster. I can’t decide if I want a toaster or a toaster oven.
  • My nuts and grains are expiring soon. I should pack a bag for my mom. Note to self.
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COOKIES

(Un)fortunately the banquet package did not include w favours, so we were left to source on our own. I have an aversion towards practical things that are sadly adorned with pictures/ names of the bride and groom, and shot glasses with 喜 on them are hideous and quite frankly sloppy.

We decided on something edible in the end, because then our guests would not be burdened with the guilt of throwing them away if it was not to their liking. Unlike useless mugs, you can share and distribute food! Cookies were the most obvious choice, and given my long history with the folks at APSN, it was only natural to place our order with them.

After a short tasting session, A and I agreed on a mix of chocolate chip cookies and eggless cookies. Initially we settled with 5 pieces a pack, but eventually ended up with 10 pieces a pack because… Well I can’t remember why. 5 just seemed odd. Also at $4/pack of 10 it was extremely reasonable, and besides it was for a good cause.

I bought baker’s twine from my trusted supplier mooseart, printed out gift tags on kraft paper and intended to create something like this:


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By the time the cookies arrived, the gift tags were already cut with holes punched in them. The cookies came out fine but alas the original package made my original intention impossible, so after ten minutes of deliberation with the sister, I decided to repackage all the cookies!

So it was another trip to Daiso to buy clear gift bags, and then a long and arduous process to 1) repack the cookies; 2) tie the twine around the neck of the gift bag ala bread packing style (not easy); 3) attach the gift tag. Eventually we managed to finish the repacking in three days, so it wasn’t that time consuming.

Stray observations:

  • Feedback on the cookies were great! Everyone liked them.
  • It was a good move on our part to provide something edible. Some of the guests were hungry while waiting for the banquet to start, so at least they had something to munch on
  • I should have confirmed the packaging design with APSN after we decided on 10 per pack. A laments that the students wasted their time packing our cookies. 😦
  • I can work in BreadTalk packing bread!