We will also take any opportunity to promote steel-cut oats, which we love to distraction. Steel-cut oats are not the flat flakes of instant and rolled oats. They are the chopped groats themselves, with a nutty flavor and chewy texture. Steel-cut oats take about half an hour to cook, which makes them less convenient than 2-minute microwave oatmeal. (You can also leave it in a slow cooker all night.) But we think the nutty taste and more robust texture are worth it.
Sometimes we are traditionalists about our oatmeal: a little butter, a little brown sugar, milk and cinnamon. Other times we spice it up with a tiny pinch of saffron, jaggery, white raisins, ginger and cashews for a special treat.
You can buy steel-cut oats in the bulk bins at Whole Foods or a health food store. You can also buy directly from these suppliers:
How do you like your oatmeal?