What do our fellow bloggers, writers, and online friends eat, first thing in the morning? We are asking some friends to share their favorite morning nourishment with us. I will cook and eat it too, and bring you their thoughts on what to eat first thing in the morning.
Meg's blog, A Practical Wedding, is a delightful showcase of real weddings. For these cold winter mornings, she shares with us a practical bowl of oatmeal. Let me tell you, this bowl of grains hit the spot!
Meg's blog, A Practical Wedding, is very approachable for anyone planning a wedding. She features inspired individuals, really doing their own thing for their nuptials. As someone who planned her own wedding on a shoestring (most of us do, don't we!?), I found Meg's blog to be full of useful, creative ideas that wouldn't break the bank. Another fun tidbit, Faith, our editor at The Kitchn, was featured on A Practical Wedding a couple years ago.
About this breakfast Meg says:
Weekend breakfasts are a sacred time in our house. We live over-scheduled, computer-filled lives, and for one hour every weekend morning we unplug. We sit down with the New York Times (on paper, delivered to our doorstep), we eat good food, we read about style and politics and ethics, and we pretend that we're on our honeymoon. We even have a silver plated toast rack that we bought on our honeymoon, in Portobello Market in London, to remind us to slow down. Slow down, it says, watch the toast cool.
When I thought about writing about our weekend breakfast for the internet, I thought maybe I should lie a little. Make it fancy. But in real life, I think the best breakfasts are simple. Ours center around oatmeal, topped with seasonal fruit. Sometimes we add toast or grapefruit. We always add English Breakfast Tea (I'm rather fond of PG Tips on the low-end, and Fortnum and Mason on the high-end). And we always add the New York Times and conversation. Mix well, and enjoy (and no, you totally can't bring your iPhone)
I love Meg's simple recipe for oatmeal. It's true, it is a humble meal, but so nourishing and healthful. I took liberties with her 'seasonal fruit' and tossed a just-ripe kiwi in my bowl. It was a decidedly tart accompaniment, one I'll now include it as a topper to future bowls of fortifying oats. I did take heed and sip a cup of PG Tips tea, paper in hand, sans laptop. It was a marvelous way to start the day.
Meg's Mid-Winter Oatmeal
1/2 Apple (I used a kiwi instead)
1/3 cup Oatmeal
small handful of Raisins
2/3 cup Water
Cut half an apple into small pieces. Place apple in a small pre-heated pot or saucepan on medium and allow to sizzle to release juices. Add cinnamon to taste and mix with apple until fragrant. Lastly, add oats, water and raisins. Increase heat until the mixture reaches a boil, then reduce to simmer. Add a pinch of salt. Cook until Oatmeal is soft. Enjoy with a mug of PG Tips tea and the newspaper.
*note: I just added my kiwi to my prepared oatmeal, at the table.
Thanks Meg for contributing to our Breakfast with a Blogger series!
• Visit Meg's Blog: A Practical Wedding
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(Images: Leela Cyd Ross, photo of Meg provided by Meg)