Posts Tagged ‘oats’

What’s better than Carrot cake?

October 4, 2009

Carrot cake oatmeal! Whenever I have work, I always ensure to make a hearty, special bowl of oats for breakfast. Just plain chocolate flavoured oatmeal is great, but they’re my school breakfast! I was struggling for idea, when I though of this – and it was so tasty! So this is my Vegan Mofo entry #3:

carrot cake oatsI’ve never put nuts in oatmeal before (le gasp!), but I loved how they add to the flavour and texture, I might just try it again in the near future. If you like carrot cake, and you like oats, try it! It’s quite simple, all you need is:

  • 1 small-medium carrot
  • 40g oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup of soy milk (or other milk)
  • 4 pecan halves, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 pinches chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed (pumpkin) spice
  • agave, to serve

In a pan, add the oats cinnamon and soymilk, then grate in the carrot (I did it so that the round end was on the grater, to get smaller grates). Bring to the boil on the hob, then turn to a low simmer. At this point, add the brown sugar. Stir in and keep stirring untill the sesired consostancy. When cooked, add in the vannilla and half the chopped nuts. Transfer to a bowl, then drizzle on agave and add the rest of the nuts on top.


I’m glad I didn’t start work untill 10 this morning though, as I had a rough night last night! I drunk a little bit too much, but not so much that I was puking or anything like that. I had a good time though, so that’s all that matters! The party had a theme of hats, so i decided to wear my ‘neko’ hat.

SN851294You can see it better in this photo, but at this point I was wearing it in top of another hat:



Goodbye, Sundays

September 18, 2009

Soooo yesterday I went in for my interview and I have a paid trial on sunday! Assuming all goes well, I’ll have a job every sunday, and the odd saturday and during the holidays. Yay! I even got a shirt! (Geek moment). I haven’t done this before, so when I was given the aplication form to fill in I kinda did it wrong. Oh well, I know for next time. I’ll only be washing up at first, but even my mother doesn’t get paid for doing the washing up :P. Then later I’ll do things like clearing tables and taking orders and giving out menues. I’m excited! No, it’s not the most exciting job I could possibly have, but I’m so glad to have a job and I should have a good time.

And with typically, as I would expect to happen to me, as soon as I get this job, my friends invite me out on sunday. My friends never invite me out, let alone on a sunday, so I’m a bit peeved. But they didn’t even know I was working so it’s not their fault at all.

I’ve also realised, I won’t get my sunday lie in anymore! Not that I particually got one anyway, but still! I’ll have to move it to saturday, which is probably actually better because I go to bed earlier on a sunday.

One Frugal Foodie is hosting a very nice giveaway, too! For your chance to win 1 of 9 cookbooks, give her a look!


September 10, 2009

I’m so so so so excited! I just received a very exciting email! I’m not sure if I’m aloud to reveal the contents yet, and I don’t want to jeapodise the offer I may or may not have just been made. I’m so happy though! When I know more, and also know if I can spill the beans, I’ll be sure to let you know 😀 The company that contacted me is a really big, multinational company, and I could become semi famous if thy’re suggesting what I think they may be suggesting!

This week my final high school year has really kicked in. I have course work and homework flying at me from all directions! I’m trying to be more organised this year though. Leaving it untill the night before is really tiresome!

My sleeping problem is really getting out of control, too. I’m wide awake late at night so it takes me over an hour to fall asleep, then I’ll wake up at about 2 am feeling wide awake, will struggle to get back to sleep, and will then wake up for school next day tired as hell. I’ve tried herbal teas and other similar things, to no avail (and camomile tea is revoltiong!).

I’ve been busy, but I’ve still been able to create some quick and yummy dishes. Remember my tomato oats? Well, I’ve made a very similar dish, but with the addition of strong cheddar sheese! OMG it was so yummy! Other than that the recipe was the same, but this makes it 10x better! I added some hot sauce too, so it was rather Mexican like:

cheese oats

Autumn is really drawing in now. I’ll miss the summer (that we never had), but I do love the crisp air and the pretty colours and crunchy leaves. Autumn is also when my birthday is 🙂 Does anyone have the original Iphone (8GB)? I want to know what it’s like, for secret birthday reasons. Or any touch phone, for that matter.

One Frugal Foodie is hosting a great giveaway too! She is giving away Vegan Brunch and Vegan Soul Kitchen. Vegan brunch has been on my to read list for a while, I’ve read great things about it!

I’m all smiley now, when earlier today I was all grumpy faced 😀

Oh Oats Why Did You Let Me Down?

June 28, 2009

Yesterday I bought a big 1kg bag of Jumbo oats. I had heard a lot about these on livestrong. Tastier, chewier, bigger, more nutritious than you humble rolled oat, so I have heard. So I was eagerly awaiting my favourite meal of the day -breakfast- to try out these ‘amazing’ things.

SN850851 I added 40g oats, and 300ml soy milk. Microwaved it for a while, longer than the pack said. They just didn’t take to the milk, they were basically cooked oats in very hot soymilk. When I was nearly finished eating though, they took the soymilk up more. But I found them to be a lot more bland than their rolled counter part. Maybe I added too much milk, I’ll give them another chance next weekend, but this time I’ll cook them in a saucepan. If they don’t work out….What on earth do you do with 960g of unwanted oats?

I have a new favourite meal at the moment.  It’s quick, tasty and filling:

SN850850Broccoli, soyamince made up with half a kallo low salt stock cube, and tomato oats. (Or in this case, barley flakes)

The tomato oats are what makes this dish, and are so yummy. My recipe makes enough for one very large portion, unless you split it into two small ones, but my stomach is endless so it’s no problemo.

You Need for one large serving:

  • 30g rolled oats (I think it works best with these as you get a thicker result, but you can use other grains, like barley, rye ect)
  • 1/3 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A tablespoon squeeze of tomatoe puree (paste)
  • 1 small onion or half a large one
  • garlic to taste
  • spices to taste
  • You can also add optional things like mushrooms, peppers ect.

In a small saucepan, fry the onion and garlic (I use fry-lite for this), then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. At this point, I usually empty the left of the tinned tomatoes in a bowl and 1/5 fill the tin with water, swish it around and add it to the pan.

Bring to the boil, stirring, then turn down to a simmer. Add extra vegetables at this point. If the mixture becomes too thick, add some water and wait untill it’s at the desired consistancy. I have to do this a lot while I wait for other bits to finish cooking. After about 10 minutes, it’s done! But it can be left simmering for as long as the rest of the meal takes to cook.

Remember to stir often when it’s simmering, if you have pans like mine, it burns if you aren’t by it’s side every 2 minutes :S