Oatmeal Waffles with Strawberry Compote
It’s boring to eat oatmeal the same way so I once made oatmeal pancakes which turned out to be great. If it’s good enough for pancakes, it’s good enough for waffles. Actually, I prefer the oatmeal waffles. They turned out light, fluffy and crisp on the outside. The strawberry compote was fantastic. I don’t see all the hoopla about strawberry season in India. The strawberries here are tasteless and sour for no reason. But I do like cooking with them. That’s the only way they taste remotely like a berry. I just simmered a bunch of strawberries with a touch of sugar and balsamic sugar. In about 20 mins I had sticky sweet and deliciously ruby red compote.
The last few boxes of strawberries called out to me at the grocer’s the other day. I picked up one. I would always use them on my French toast, pancakes or with muesli and yoghurt. But since I’m on a low carb diet, I skipped the muesli and stuck with the yoghurt bit. This time around I roasted the berries so they intensify in taste and colour. They turned out beautiful.
I’ve cut sugar out of my life and it’s been over two weeks now. The first day of no sugar I could have killed someone. I was that irritable, annoyed and basically frustrated. By the time I got to day three, I felt good. And I’ve realized that when you go long enough without sugar, you don’t miss it anymore. The thing about sugar is that it sneaks up on you through various other foods as well – bread, rice, condiments, and the likes. However, since I do have a sweet tooth (32 of them, actually), I indulge in breakfast smoothie bowls. The fruits help.
Breakfast bowls are the easiest, quickest and the tastiest. Also, surprisingly filling. The fun part is you get to top it with whatever you want – wheat or ragi flakes, muesli, nuts, dried fruits, chia seeds, flax seeds, the list goes on.
Mango – 2
Banana – 1
Yoghurt – 2 tbsp
Toppings – More fruit, chia seeds, nuts, ragi flakes
Cut up one mango and half of another one, along with one banana.
Blend it in your mixer with the plain yoghurt.
Pour it in a bowl and top it with mentioned toppings.
Pancakes are the easiest thing to make in the mornings and it’s Friday, so it’s also a good excuse to make them. These are light, fluffy and delicious with some fresh strawberries and syrup. If you don’t have any syrup, use honey like I did.
If you like sweet breakfasts, this should be your go to one. It’s healthy, it’s filling, it’s sweet without any added sugar, it’s got strawberries and it comes in a jar! The last one is optional, of course.
All you need is hung curd, strawberries, bananas, muesli of your choice. If you want it sweeter, add honey to the hung curd.
Layer it in a jar or a bowl. Eat.
I don’t have time to eat breakfast at home. What I try and do is, take it to go. Something like this is awesome to eat at your desk (which I don’t suggest you do). And hey, who doesn’t love a little something sweet in a jar?!
There are two fruits that I look forward to every year. Mangoes in summer and strawberries in winters. In between there’s banana (no pun intended but hahaha!). Now is when you get the good stuff, where in a box of strawberries, all of them are plump, red and delicious. A couple of months down the line, you’ll find barely tolerable ones on top and ones at the bottom I’m sure would be from last winter. Anyway, I got myself a couple of boxes and straightaway baked a simple cake studded with these rubies. I looked up a few recipes and all of them were similar to one another. I followed Martha Steward, of course.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk/cream
1/2 tsp salt
Enough strawberries to stud the cake with. I used very few. I’d suggest use more placing them very close to each other.
Mix the dry ingredients together – flour, salt and baking powder.
In another bowl, mix butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla. Mix.
Add the dry ingredients and mix till incorporated. The batter at this point will be a little too thick. I suggest adding a couple of tbsp more milk.
Halve strawberries and place them (cut side down) on the batter in the cake tin.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 40 mins or till centre is firm.
I served this with lightly whipped cream and cream cheese.