Friday, September 16, 2011

Is it really as simple as that?

Every Friday, M. and I go to breakfast at a diner. I love the diner - there's a select group of regulars with whom we are very friendly, the food is reliably good, and the prices are incredibly reasonable.

This Friday morning, I woke up hungry (probably because I expended so much energy trying to stay warm last night. God I love sleeping with the window open in the fall!) and knew that eggs and bacon wasn't going to cut it. Instead, I slammed a glass of skim milk mixed with Nesquick before leaving the house, then ordered a bowl of oatmeal.

Here's what I don't get: oatmeal at home is kinda gross. The texture, the smell of it cooking... in general, it skeeves me a little. But oatmeal at the diner (or, frankly, made by anyone but me)? As the old Yo-Plait commercials used to say, c'est si bon. It is so good.

M. says it's better because they use real milk, not skim milk. Can it really be that simple? I'm not sure. But I do know this: that oatmeal was scrumptious! I even took my leftovers in a to-go cup, and enjoyed second breakfast later on.

My goal for next week is to try different ways of cooking oats to see if I can't replicate that taste at home. If I can't, I'll just be calling ahead to the diner on cold mornings!


  1. hey lady, I've been eating Museli and its just raw oats with nuts and craisins thrown in. I probably put 2 TBS of skim milk in for each 3/4cup of museli and it is divine! no goopy slimy texture. It makes everything a bit soft and warm. I know that it isnt "oatmeal" but quaker oats from the canister is just oats so that may work for you. err on the side of less is more and you'll be good! Hope all is well!

  2. Interesting! I'll have to experiment. This morning's oatmeal turned into gruel. Tasty gruel, but gruel nonetheless. I felt like I was in Oliver Twist.