For the October 5, 2020 KGUA radio Morning Writer’s Hour, we are asked to free write about a go-to comfort food or a favorite dish.
Let’s start from the beginning. Hannah and I buy organic rolled oats in fifty pound bags from the Rising Tide health food store in Kittery, Maine. Stored in a plastic Rubbermaid garbage container, the oatmeal is our staple for breakfast every morning at home and whenever we come to California.
Doesn’t oatmeal just seem like it’s so healthy for you? Yes!! Oatmeal is the one “dish” that I can make. You see, in our 48 years of marriage, Hannah has always been our cook, chef, meal-preparer. In fact, I don’t even grill. I’m not proud of that. I’ll have to earn my macho man card some other way. On the other hand, I am the chief dishwasher. That’s got to count for something.
My routine of oatmeal prep never varies. I take the pan down from the kitchen beam above my head. Since I make a heaping bowl, I start with nearly two cups of water for 2/3 of a cup of rolled oats.
And then the excitement begins. A spoon full of blueberries followed by a handful of raisins.
Next it’s the nuts: almonds and walnuts.
Can’t forget the seeds: chia, sunflower, and flax.
The thrill builds with protein powder and all topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
As John Denver sings, it’s almost heaven, West Virginia.
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